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2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup set for more gripping action!

The road to the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – India Final on February 6 and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia & New Zealand qualification is now clearer as the final eight teams have been decided after the thrilling Group Stage matches.

Eight-time champions China, title holders Japan, Australia, the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup winners, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand have all advanced to the Quarterfinals that promises more anticipated contests on January 30.

Adding excitement to the showpiece, the leading five teams at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – India will qualify to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup while two teams will secure their places in the Inter-Confederation Playoffs.

As Australia have already qualified as co-host in the global showpiece, the fixtures and sequence of the Playoff matches will depend on the progress of the Matildas.

Should Australia qualify to the Semifinals of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – India, the four losing teams from the Quarterfinals will compete in a Playoff match on February 2 at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, with the two winners gaining direct slots to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup while the two losing teams advance to the Inter-Confederation Playoffs.

However, if Australia’s campaign ends in the final eight, the three other losing teams in the Quarterfinals will play in the Playoff matches in a single one-round robin format, with the winner advancing to the global showpiece and the remaining two teams securing berths for the Inter-Confederation Playoffs.

The quarter-finals will be played on January 30.

Quarterfinal fixtures (UTC+5.30)

Japan v Thailand
Venue: D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Kick-off: 13:30 hours

China v Vietnam
Venue: D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Kick-off: 17:30 hours

Australia v South Korea
Venue: Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
Kick-off: 13:30 hours

Chinese Taipei v Philippines
Venue: Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune
Kick-off: 19:30 hours

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