India has been placed in a tough group with the likes of 8 times winner China, and 3 times winner Chinese Taipei, and first-time participants Iran in group A. The AFC Women’s Asian Cup will start from 20th January to 6th February 2021. At selected venues in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune.
India has automatically qualified as they are the host nation of this tournament. This is the first time for India since their last participation in 2003. India’s best performance was their runners up finishes in 1979 and 1983.
Now, India has been in a tough group as both China and Chinese Taipei are strong countries. These two teams have a combined number of 11 trophies as China won it 8 times and Chinese Taipei won it back to back 3 times from 1977 to 1981.
According to FIFA rankings, India is in 57th, China is 17th, whereas Chinese Taipei and Iran are at 40th and 72nd respectively.
How The Tournament Will Progress
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup has been extended to 12 teams from the 8 since the 2018 edition.
The teams have been divided into three groups containing four teams each. In the group stage, each team will play a one-legged match.
The top two teams from each group progress directly to the quarter-finals, whereas the third-placed teams will play each other in a ranking round to finalize the two teams for the last eight.
The tournament will progress in a knockout format and the final is scheduled for February 6.
The previous edition champions Japan, along with South Korea, Myanmar, and Vietnam, make up Group. Whereas 2010 champions Australia, 1983 champions Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines are in Group B.
All matches in the tournament will be played behind closed doors as a precaution against COVID-19.