The 12 contenders at 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – India have named the 23-strong squads they hope will steer them to glory at this month’s continental Finals.
With eight days remaining until the 20th edition of Asia’s flagship women’s football competition kicks off in Mumbai, squads featuring the continent’s biggest names, as well as stars of the future, were formally registered on Monday.
It is the most diverse pool of clubs ever represented at an AFC Women’s Asian Cup, with the 276 selected players drawn from teams in 24 different nations, up from 12 in the previous edition of the tournament held four years ago.
The list of selected players includes several former Asian champions.
Japan return with 10 of the players who formed part of their victorious Jordan 2018 squad, while captain Sam Kerr is one of six stars from the Australian side which lifted the trophy in 2010.
One of those players, goalkeeper Lydia Williams, has earned selection for a sixth AFC Women’s Asian Cup, with Thailand duo Waraporn Boonsing and Sunisa Srangthaisong also completing the feat of appearing in the final registration for every edition of the tournament since 2006.
The 2022 edition of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup will begin when eight-time champions China face Chinese Taipei on January 20, with hosts India to kick off their campaign against first-time qualifiers Iran later that evening.
The final will be held at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium on February 6.
By the numbers
Oldest player: Kim Jung-mi (Korea Republic) – 37 years, 87 days
Youngest player: Shilky Devi Hemam (India) – 16 years, 49 days
Most capped player: Wararporn Boonsing (Thailand) – 155
Most international goals: Pitsamai Sornsai (Thailand) – 77
Most AFC Women’s Asian Cup selections: Waraporn Boonsing, Sunisa Srangthaisong (both Thailand), Lydia Williams (Australia) – 6
Most overseas-based players: Australia, Philippines – 17
Fewest overseas-based players: India, Vietnam – 0
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