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Jordan faces Iran in vital football qualifier for AFC Women's Asian Cup

By Aline Bannayan - Sep 23,2021 - Last updated at Sep 23,2021

AMMAN — The Jordan women's football squad must beat Iran on Saturday in order to advance from Group G qualifiers for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup, currently under way in Tashkent.

The Kingdom beat Bangladesh 5-0 in their first match as Iran beat Bangladesh by the same score. A total of 28 teams are now playing in eight groups. A total of twelve teams will qualify to play in the final tournament in India next year. The host country and the top three teams of the previous 2018 tournament (titleholders, Japan, Australia and China) will qualify automatically, while the other eight teams will be decided by qualification.

This tournament will also serve as the first stage of Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, where five teams from the Women's Asian Cup qualify directly for the World Cup (in addition to co-hosts Australia), and two teams qualify for a 10-team play-off tournament.

The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup will be the 20th edition of the tournament where the number of competing teams has been raised from eight to 12. China are eight time winners, North Korea and Chinese Taipei three times each, Japan twice, while Australia, Thailand and New Zealand each won once.

Jordan reached the Women's Asian Cup twice: in 2014 they moved as a group winner in the qualifying stages and in 2018 as host. They ended both competitions with a winless record. Jordan also hosted the U-17 Women's World Cup in Amman in 2016.

Jordan was recently crowned Arab Women’s Championship Cup champs after beating Tunisia 1-0 in the final. On their way to the final, they beat Egypt 5-2 while Tunisia eliminated Algeria on penalties.

Algeria were champs of the first edition in 2006 and Lebanon won in 2015.

 

Group G Standings

P                    W    D   L    GF  G.    A   Pts

Jordan             1      1    0    0    5     0    3

Iran                1       1    0    0    5     0    3

Bangladesh     2        0    0    2    0   10    0 

 

 

 

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