AFC invites bids to acquire hosting rights for Asian Cup after China’s withdrawal

The process of choosing the host has been sped up and it would no longer be chosen by the AFC Congress.

Following the Chinese Football Association’s (CFA) announcement to release its rights as the AFC Asian Cup host, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) invited proposals to host the 2023 Asian Cup on Tuesday.

The tournament was scheduled to take place in June and July of next year in China, but the event has been rescheduled because of the country’s efforts to adhere to a zero-COVID guideline.

AFC said in a statement, ”The (AFC) has today issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) invitation to all the AFC Member Associations (MAs) to host the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

”The deadline for interested MAs to submit their EoI is June 30, 2022.”

The process of choosing the host has been sped up and it would no longer be chosen by the AFC Congress. Instead, the AFC’s management will specify the terms and conditions of the tender process to locate a substitute host and send a report to the AFC’s executive committee for approval.

The Japan Football Association had been consulted unofficially regarding the prospect of substituting China as the host nation. JFA Chairman, Kozo Tashima, said, “If Japan were to host it, it would be exciting, no doubt about it.”

After China withdrew as the host of the competition, a South Korean FA official claimed they received a briefing, but there was not enough preparation time to conduct an internationally renowned tournament in the country.

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