AFC Women’s Asian Cup: Indian football team, Chinese Taipei team touchdown in Mumbai

The 20th edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 will feature 12 teams, which have been divided into three groups.

AFC Women's Asian Cup Trophy; Credit: AFC

The Indian and Chinese Taipei football teams reached Mumbai on 13th January (Thursday) to get ready for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, which begins on the 20th of this month. While Chinese Taipei was the first team to arrive in the morning, the Indian contingent followed shortly after in the afternoon. The 20th edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 will feature 12 teams, which have been divided into three groups. Group A includes India, China PR, Chinese Taipei, and IR Iran, while Group B includes Australia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Meanwhile, Japan, Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar have been slotted in Group C.

The tournament will act as the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. With Australia having already qualified as co-host, five more teams will qualify for the main event directly while two of them will progress to the inter-confederation play-offs.

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VAR to make historic debut in India

AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 is set to create history as Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used for the first time in India from the quarter-finals stage of the Continental competition. It will be played across three venues in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune from 20th January of this year. India 2022 will also see VAR making its tournament debut when the teams walk out for the games from 30th January onward. 

The technology will be used till the final match on 6th February across the two knockout venues – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai and the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune.

Preparations for installation and setup of the technology have already begun in the respective venues. Apart from the stadiums on matchdays, the referees’ training sites will be equipped with a similar VAR setup and simulators will also be made available to the referees in their hotel. 

The AFC is leaving no stones unturned in ensuring the highest standards of refereeing at the tournament with multiple technical tests being performed at the stadiums and training sites before the VAR is officially introduced in the country, as per a press release.

At the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, six dedicated video match officials will have access to seven different live camera feeds to inspect every action on the field. There are four categories of decisions that VAR can review – Goal/no goal, Penalty/no penalty, Direct red card, and Mistaken identity in awarding a red or yellow card.

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