Australia to host AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026, Matildas home country, qualification, venue, states, dates, teams

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Australia has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup.

It was confirmed on Wednesday evening that the event would be held after becoming the sole bidder for the tournament.

New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia will host matches, with Victoria and South Australia missing out, despite the former hosting the Matildas’ training base in Bundoora, and the latter hosting the 2006 Women’s Asian Cup.

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Before the start of the recent Women’s World Cup, expressions of interest for the Asian Cup venues took place, indicating that the states that were not involved were not becoming involved in the process.

It is not yet known exactly when the tournament will be played. The 2022 event took place from late January to early February, but was initially scheduled for late October to early November. The 2006 tournament, based in Adelaide, was played in July.

The Matildas will go for the win again at home. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Securing the AFC Women’s Asian Cup is a testament to our country’s commitment to football. It is a win not just for the sport, but for every Australian, and will provide significant economic and cultural benefits,” said Anter Isaac, President of Football Australia.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the AFC, the Executive Committee, the Secretariat and our fellow member associations for entrusting us with the privilege of organizing this prestigious tournament. We are committed to advancing the exceptional initiatives already established and delivered by the AFC and the wider Asian football community in women’s football.”

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The tournament is predicted to generate up to $260 million in economic output (although these predictions are always very rosy) and create more than 1,000 jobs.

Football Australia CEO James Johnson said the organization remains in discussions with the federal government about federal funding.

“This partnership is essential to ensure the successful execution and lasting legacy of the tournament. The continued support from all levels of government is critical in addressing the increase in participation and the urgent need for improved facilities. Together we are committed to making this event a resounding success that will further enhance women’s football in Australia and across Asia,” he said.

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