Australia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have expressed interest in hosting the Asian Women’s Football Cup in 2026, the Asian Football Confederation has announced. The organization “will work with all associations to deliver the necessary documentation in accordance with the application procedure”.
The chosen country will be announced next year. India hosted this year’s Women’s Asian Cup, which was won by China and expanded from 8 to 12 teams.
The 2026 edition “should build a solid foundation for the tournament,” the AFC said. The candidacy of Saudi Arabia is singular, a country where social and moral norms force women not to interact with other men outside the home, except in certain circumstances or designated areas.
Meanwhile, an important page in the history of football is being written in Japan: Yoshimi Yamashita has in fact become the first female professional referee in the history of the country. In May, 36-year-old Yamashita was chosen as one of three women to referee at the next World Cup in Qatar, alongside France’s Stephanie Frappart and Rwandan Salima Mukansaga.