New Era for Women’s Football in Asia: AFC Women’s Champions League Expansion Announced

In an exciting development for women’s football across Asia, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced a significant expansion of the AFC Women’s Champions League starting from the 2024-25 season. This move marks a new era for the sport, promising enhanced competition and visibility for women’s clubs throughout the region.

For the first time, the tournament will see the participation of 12 clubs, which will be the top teams from the women’s leagues of the AFC member associations. This expansion not only increases the number of teams but also the level of competition, providing a platform for clubs to showcase their talent on a larger stage.

Vietnam, currently ranked 6th in the region according to the FIFA rankings for the first quarter of 2024, has secured a spot for its clubs in three consecutive seasons: 2024-25, 2025-26, and 2026-27. This achievement highlights the growth and development of Vietnamese women’s football and its rising status in Asia.

From the 2027-28 season onwards, participating clubs will be required to meet specific professional criteria set by the AFC. This requirement aims to elevate the professional standards of women’s football clubs in Asia, ensuring that the sport continues to develop and thrive in a structured and sustainable environment.

The expansion of the AFC Women’s Champions League is a milestone in the journey of women’s football in Asia. It reflects the AFC’s commitment to enhancing the quality and competitiveness of the sport, providing more opportunities for female athletes, and increasing the fan base for women’s football across the continent.

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