AFC President wishes good luck to Asian teams bound for FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
The AFC U-19 Women’s Championship China 2017 finalists will also feature in one of the most eagerly-anticipated group stage matches of the tournament.
AFC President sends best wishes to Asian teams bound for FIFA U-20 Women's World CupAsian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has praised Asian teams for their dominance in women's competition on the world stage and conveyed his best wishes to the Continent's three representatives – China PR, DPR Korea and Japan – ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 set to kick off on Sunday, August 5, 2018.
The AFC President said: "Asia is a global force in women's football and the world still remembers fondly the outstanding performances of our age-group teams two years ago when our Continent – through DPR Korea – clinched both the U-17 and U-20 World Cup titles."The remarkable achievements and consistency of our women's teams are a tribute to the dedication of our Member Associations and further underlines our ambitions with the AFC's Vision and Mission.
On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to wish our three representatives, China PR, DPR Korea and Japan, the very best of campaigns and I am confident that they will continue to fly Asia's flag high on the world stage.
"DPR Korea, the reigning champions who defeated 2018 host nation France 3-1 in the final of the last edition, will be the first Asian side to feature in the tournament when they take on England in their Group A opener at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on August 5, at 4:30 pm local time.
The AFC U-19 Women's Championship China 2017 finalists will also feature in one of the most eagerly-anticipated group stage matches of the tournament, when they lock horns with Brazil on August 12, in a repeat of Papua New Guinea 2016 which saw the East Asians emerge victorious in a 4-2 thriller.
Two-time runners-up in 2004 and 2006, China PR will continue Asia's challenge on Monday, August 6, against Group D opponents Haiti at the Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo at 4:30 local time. Meanwhile, Japan who qualified for France 2018 in style as champions of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship China 2017, will open their Group C campaign in another epic contest against powerhouses USA at the Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau on the same day at 7:30 pm local time.