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Australia in the running to host another Asian Cup




Australia is among four countries to submit expressions of interest to replace China as host of next year’s Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation said on Monday.

South Korea, Indonesia and this year’s World Cup host Qatar are the other three nations to table interest, the AFC said.

China was due to host the 24-team event, scheduled for June and July next year, but the country’s efforts to follow a zero-COVID-19 policy resulted in it being moved.

The deadline for the four associations to submit their bid documents has been set for August 31, and the AFC’s executive committee will announce the new host on October 17.

South Korea won the inaugural Asian Cup in 1956 and retained the trophy as hosts four years later – the only time they staged the finals. The country has not staged a major tournament since co-hosting the World Cup with Japan in 2002.

Australia, Asian Cup winners in 2015, already has a busy 2023 planned as co-hosts of the Women’s World Cup with New Zealand, which starts on July 20 next year.

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson said earlier this month the governing body had consulted with the AFC to consider moving the Asian Cup to later in the calendar to avoid a clash with the Women’s World Cup.

Qatar have hosted the Asian Cup twice, in 1988 and 2011, and won the tournament in 2019.

Indonesia were one of four co-hosts of the 2007 Asian Cup and exited in the group stage – their best finish in the tournament.

© AAP





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