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This time it's for real.

The last time was a false alarm. The AFC Women's Championship held in December 2001 was originally supposed to produce the WWC 2003 qualifiers, but it was later decided that the qualifiers would come from the 2003 tournament instead.

So, the AFC Women’s Championship will be held in Thailand from April 17-30, 2003. [Note amended dates]

Link to Official tournament site

Countries that have confirmed participation are Uzbekistan, China PR, Chinese Taipei, defending champions North Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (What, no Iraq? pity.)

The format will have three groups. Two of the groups will have five teams and the other four. The winners of the groups will qualify for the semis along with the second best placed team.

The two finalists will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by China from September 23rd to October 11th, 2003.

China has already qualified for the WWC as hosts.

The third placed team (or the fourth-placed team if China is in the top 3) will meet Mexico in a two-leg playoff for another qualifying spot.

The draw for the groups will be held in Bangkok on January 18.
 

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Jeff said:
The two finalists will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by China from September 23rd to October 11th, 2003.

China has already qualified for the WWC as hosts.

The third placed team (or the fourth-placed team if China is in the top 3) will meet Mexico in a two-leg playoff for another qualifying spot.
I would expect China, North Korea, and Japan to be the top three finishers in this tournament. Any thoughts about which country could finish fourth?

I got to watch Japan play twice this week in San Diego and have wathed China on television a lot and also saw North Korea on television during the '99 WC, but have never seen any of the other Asian coutries play. Anyone know how South Korea's record compares to Vietnam's over the past several years?
 

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Last time South Korea came 4th, and I expect them to be in the top 4 this time around as well.

China, incidentally, was third, behind N. Korea and Japan.
 

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"As the hosts of the Women’s World Cup later this year, China PR will advance to the finals regardless of their performance at the AFC Women’s Championship. However, the ‘Steel Roses’ will not be taking the AFC competition lightly as they look to recapture their position as the best in Asia.

"China won seven consecutive AFC Women’s titles from 1986 to 1999, but were humbled 3-1 by eventual champions Korea DPR in the 2001 semi-finals. To add further insult, Korean DPR also captured the gold medal at last year’s Asian Games in Busan, ending China’s run of three consecutive championships, dating back to 1990.

"While the Korea DPR and China PR teams are expected to dominate the Asian competition, Japan, Chinese Taipei and Korea Republic will offer stiff competition to the favourites. Hosts Thailand could benefit from home ground advantage, while reigning South East Asian Games champions Vietnam and Uzbekistan will be a pair of dark horses to look out for."

Source: asian-football.com
 

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The Draw:

Group A:
North Korea
South Korea
Hong Kong
Singapore
Thailand

Group B:
Japan
Philippines
Guam
Chinese Taipei
Myanmar

Group C:
China PR
Vietnam
India
Uzbekistan
 

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Discussion Starter #6 (Edited)
Schedule and Results

Group A
8 June
Singapore 0-3 Thailand
South Korea 8-0 Hong Kong
10 June
South Korea 6-0 Thailand
North Korea 13-0 Hong Kong
12 June
South Korea 4-0 Singapore
North Korea 14-0 Thailand
14 June
Hong Kong 1-3 Thailand
North Korea 16-0 Singapore
16 June
North Korea 2-2 South Korea
Hong Kong 1-0 Singapore
North Korea wins Group A (on goal difference); South Korea advances to semi-finals as best runner-up.

Group B
9 June
Japan 15-0 Philippines
Guam 1-2 Chinese Taipei
11 June
Philippines 0-6 Myanmar
Japan 7-0 Guam
13 June
Philippines 0-4 Chinese Taipei
Japan 7-0 Myanmar
15 June
Guam 0-4 Myanmar
Japan 5-0 Chinese Taipei
17 June
Chinese Taipei 1-1 Myanmar
Philippines 2-1 Guam
Japan wins Group B; Myanmar is second on goal difference

Group C
9 June
China PR 6-0 Vietnam
India 6-0 Uzbekistan
11 June
Vietnam 4-2 Uzbekistan
China PR 12-0 India
13 June
Vietnam 2-1 India
China PR 11-0 Uzbekistan
China PR wins Group C; Vietnam runner-up

Semifinals**
19 June
1A v. 1B or 2B or 2C [North Korea 3-0 Japan]
1C or 1B v. 2A or 1C [China PR 3-1 South Korea]

Final
21 June
China 1-2 North Korea (aet)

Third Place Match[/b]
21 June
Japan 0-1 South Korea
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** Using advanced Boolean logic and applying complex algorithms I have determined that the semi-final matchups work as follows: The winners of Groups B and C will play each other, and the winner of Group A will play the best second-place team, unless that team is also from Group A. In that case, the Group A second-place team will play the Group C winner, and the winners of Groups A and B will play each other.
 

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The third-place team (not counting China PR) will meet Mexico in Mexico on May 10 and again at home on May 17 in a two-leg battle for the final WC qualification spot.
 

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Discussion Starter #10 (Edited)
The dates for the qualifying tournament have been changed again to June 8-21. (Don't go chiselling that in stone, however.)

Question:

Since China is no longer hosting the WWC, does that mean it loses its automatic qualification?

If so, how many teams will qualify from Asia?

FIFA please clarify.

Update: FIFA has decided to let China keep its automatic qualification. Presumably they won't have to qualify for 2007, either, since they will host the WWC.
 

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The tournament schedule (above) has been amended to show the new dates.

I will post results in the same post as they become available.

Any game reports are welcome.
 

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Well, the tournament is under way, and after two matches in each Group (results posted above in the Schedule post) the powerhouse teams are emerging.

In Group A it's South Korea; in Group B it's Japan, and in Group C both China and India have outclassed their opponents Vietnam and Uzbekistan by 6-0 scores.

Look for North Korea to join the list after it thrashes Hong Kong on June 10.
 

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Reports of selected games played on 11-12 June 2003

North Korea beat Thailand 14-0
http://www.asian-football.com/mrel/news_54108_E.html

South Korea beat Singapore 4-0
http://www.asian-football.com/mrel/news_54107_E.html

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China beat India 12-0

source: the Hindu Times

New Delhi, June 12. (PTI): The Indian women's football team, who thrashed Uzbekistan in their opening match, got a rude awakening when they were humiliated 12-0 by strong contenders China in the Asian Women's Championship being played in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sun Wen, the first woman to be nominated for the AFC Player of the Year award, emerged the star for the `Steel Roses' scoring half a dozen goals in the match yesterday. Bai Jie scored four goals with the other two goals shared by Liu Ying and substitute Fan Yunjie.

It was all one way traffic after Jie opened the account in the 9th minute. That was the beginning of the rout as China scored three goals in three minutes in the 20th, 21st, 22nd minute, according to information received here today.

Four minutes later Jie made it 5-0 and India were lucky not to concede any more goals before half time.

But China, after changing ends, were quickly back to business and goals rained in the 60th, 62nd, 66th, 70th, 74th, 87th and 90th minutes.

With this defeat, India slipped to the third spot in Group C behind China and Vietnam, who beat Uzbekistan 4-2 to take the second spot.

India will take on Vietnam in their crucial last league match tomorrow and must register a win to entertain any hope of progressing to the last four.


<blessings to all> :cool:
 

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Thanks for dropping by, stranger! ;)
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The Semi-finalists are no surprise, and they match up as follows:

19 June
North Korea v. Japan
China PR v. South Korea

The final will be on June 21.
 

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North Korea and China won their semi-finals on June 19, so they meet in the final June 21. North Korea thus qualifies for the WWC in September.

The winner of the third-place match between Japan and South Korea will also qualify automatically for the WWC. The loser will have to beat Mexico in a July 5 and 12 two-leg playoff to go to the WWC.
 

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North Korea repeats as champion by beating China PR, 2-1 after extra time.

South Korea wins third place and a trip to the World Cup by beating Japan 1-0 in the consolation game.

Japan has one chance left to qualify, by beating Mexico in the two-leg playoff for the final WWC spot.

Update July 12: Japan beat Mexico in two legs: 2-2 in Mexico and 2-0 at home, to claim the final spot.

The AFC teams in the World Cup will therefore be:

CHINA
NORTH KOREA
SOUTH KOREA
JAPAN
 
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