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The 2020 AFC Women qualifiers is the 5th edition of the AFC tournament, which determines the top women’s football teams that can qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The competition is organized by the Asian Football Confederation. The top two teams will get to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics along with Japan. Japan has already qualified and is not participating in the further qualifying rounds. So, let us know more about the qualification process, venues and other things about this tournament.

2020 AFC Women Qualifiers Format

The format for the AFC Women’s Qualifying matches for the Olympics is very different as compared to men’s tournaments. Out of 47 AFC members, 25 countries participated in this tournament. This tournament is divided into four rounds. The selection process for the teams is also based on the June 2018 FIFA Women’s world ranking.

  • First-round
  • Second round
  • Third round
  • Playoff round

First Round

Based on the June 2018 FIFA Women’s World rankings the top 5 teams Australia, North Korea, China, South Korea, and Thailand are directly promoted to the third round. The other top-ranking teams Vietnam and Uzbekistan received direct entry to the second round. The remaining teams were divided into two groups of five teams and two groups of four teams each. The first round was held from 4th November 2018-13th November 2018.

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Chinese Taipei4400330+3312Second round
2 Philippines4301177+109
3 Tajikistan (H)42021113−26
4 Mongolia4013420−161
5 Singapore4013227−251

Source: Wikipedia

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Iran211091+84Second round
2Hong Kong211051+44
3Lebanon2002012−120
4United Arab Emirates00000000Withdrew
5 Macau00000000

Source: Wikipedia

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Myanmar (H)321082+67Second round
2India311194+54
3Nepal30303303
4Bangladesh3012213−111

Source: Wikipedia

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Jordan3300160+169Second round
2Indonesia311145−14
3Palestine (H)311139−64
4Maldives3003211−90

Source: Wikipedia

Ranking of third-placed teams

Due to some groups having a different number of teams after the withdrawal of other teams. The results for the fourth and fifth-placed teams are not considered.

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1CNepal20202202Second round
2DPalestine201118−71
3ATajikistan2002112−110
4BLebanon2002012−120

Source: Wikipedia

So, here is the list of teams participating in the second round

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Vietnam
Chinese Taipei
Myanmar (H)
Jordan
Iran India
Philippines
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Palestine
Nepal
Uzbekistan (H)

Source: Wikipedia

Second Round

For the second round, twelve teams were divided into three groups. Each group consisting of four teams. The second round was played between 3rd to 9th April 2019. In this round, the winners from each group proceeded to the final round.

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Myanmar (H)3210124+87Third round
2India321084+47
3Nepal310247−33
4Indonesia3003110−90

Source: Wikipedia

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Vietnam330062+49Third round
2Uzbekistan (H)320183+56
3Jordan301204−41
4Hong Kong301227−51

Source: Wikipedia

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Chinese Taipei3300113+89Third round
2Philippines3201114+76
3Iran3102106+43
4Palestine3003019−190

Source: Wikipedia

Third Round

So, after the second round total of eight teams qualify for the third round which is going to be held in February 2020. These eight teams are divided into two groups, each consisting of four teams. Here are all the details you want to know about the third round. 

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1North Korea00000000Play-off round
2South Korea (H)00000000
3Vietnam00000000
4Myanmar00000000

Source: Wikipedia

Date & TimeTeam Stadium
3 February 2020 North Korea v/s MyanmarJeju Football Stadium
3 February 2020 South Korea v/s VietnamJeju Football Stadium
6 February 2020 Myanmar v/s South KoreaJeju Football Stadium
6 February 2020 Vietnam v/s North KoreaJeju Football Stadium
9 February 2020 
North Korea v/s South KoreaJeju Football Stadium
9 February 2020Vietnam v/s MyanmarJeju Football Stadium

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Australia00000000Play-off round
2China PR (H)00000000
3Thailand00000000
4Chinese Taipei00000000

Source: Wikipedia

Date & TimeTeam Stadium
3 February 2020 16:00 Australia v/s Chinese TaipeiFive Rings Sports Center, Wuhan
3 February 2020 19:30China PR v/s ThailandFive Rings Sports Center, Wuhan
6 February 2020 16:00Thailand v/s AustraliaFive Rings Sports Center, Wuhan
6 February 2020  19:30Chinese Taipei v/s China PRFive Rings Sports Center, Wuhan
9 February 2020 19:30 
Australia v/s China PRFive Rings Sports Center, Wuhan
9 February 2020 19:30Thailand v/s Chinese TaipeiTazihu Sports Center, Wuhan

Play-off Rounds

The play-off round is scheduled for 6 March 2020 and 11 March 2020. The two winners from the play-off round will qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics, other than  Japan. The matches will be played in between winners of Group A and Group B and runners up of group A and group B.

The matches will be played in the following format

Team 1Team 2Leg 1Leg 2
Winner Group ARunner-up Group B6 March 202011 March 2020
Winner Group BRunner-up Group A6 March 202011 March 2020

The venue for the play-off rounds is still to be decided

Venues

As mentioned above, the venues that are decided for the third round of selection are as follows

  • Jeju Football Stadium, Jeju
  • Five rings sports center, Wuhan
  • Tazihu sports center, Wuhan

Jeju Football Stadium, Jeju

This football stadium has a seating capacity of about 35,567 people. It is located in the city of Seogwipo in Jeju province of South Korea. The stadium was opened for the public in the year 2001. The top of the stadium is in the form of a traditional fisherman’s boat. The stadium has hosted many matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also a few matches of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

Five Rings Sports Center, Wuhan

This sports center is located in the Dongxhiu district, Wuhan, Hubei, China. The sports complex has a seating capacity of 30,000 people. It broke the ground in April 2017 and now is open for the public in the year 2019. 

Tazihu Sports Center, Wuhan

As of now, not much information is available about this stadium.

So, this is all that we want to share with you regarding the 2020 AFC Women’s Football Summer Olympics Qualifying tournament. If you have any further information please share the knowledge with us in the comments section. 

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