Uzbekistan set to be first-ever Central Asian host of AFC U23 Asian Cup in 2022

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has today ratified the AFC Competitions Committee’s recommendation to award the hosting rights of the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 to the Uzbekistan Football Association in a milestone decision which will mark the first time the tournament will be staged in the Central Zone.

The decision to award the hosting of the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 to Uzbekistan, which will be held from September 6 to 25, was reached following a comprehensive assessment of the bidding proposals, which include meeting all the sporting, infrastructure and risk assessment requirements as well as the preparations already in place for the recently cancelled AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020.

The tournament, which was won by Korea Republic when it was held in Thailand last year, will begin its qualifiers later this year from October 23 – 31, 2021 in a centralised format with the venues to be decided and communicated in due course.

Taking into consideration the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to safeguard the health and wellbeing of players, teams, officials and all stakeholders, the AFC Executive Committee also approved the cancellation of the AFC Futsal Club Championship UAE 2021.

The AFC noted the scheduling issues faced by Participating Member Associations to restart and complete their domestic futsal leagues and agreed that the United Arab Emirates Football Association will remain as host for the AFC Futsal Club Championship in 2022.

Additionally, the AFC has introduced its first-ever AFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Stadium Regulations, which aims to serve as a reference across the Continent for the preparation of futsal indoor stadiums and beach soccer arenas and can be found here.

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