The next AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which runs from January 20 to February 6 in India, will see the largest cast of experienced female officials.
The tournament will take place in three cities in Maharashtra: Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.
“With the expansion of the centerpiece to 12 teams, a total of 32 match officials, comprising 16 referees and assistant referees from 15 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member associations, will potentially support a maximum of 29 matches. , including the game-offs, ” said a press release released here.
Of the contingent, up to nine match officials have already been appointed for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Among those nominated in France 2019 are referees Casey Reibelt and Kate Jacewicz from Australia, Chinese Qin Liang and Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita and assistant referees Fang Yan from China, Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi from Japan and Kim Kyoung- min and Lee Seul-gi from the Republic of Korea. Kim will be among the more experienced match officials as she is set for her sixth consecutive appearance in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, followed by compatriot Lee in what will be her fourth nomination to the tournament. The Yamashita, Bozono and Teshirogi trio, which made history as the first all-female referee team to lead a men’s club competition at the AFC Cup in 2019, will also play their part in the Asian Cup. .
This contingent of match officials includes three Indians – Ranjita Devi Tekcham (referee), Fernandes Uvena (assistant referee) and Rebello Maria Piedade (technical instructor).
Meanwhile, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will make his tournament debut from the quarter-finals as well as potential play-offs. “Six more video match officials will be nominated for the tournament, with the system being used at two locations in Navi Mumbai and Pune,” the statement added.
He also said that the AFC organized various workshops and trainings, including VAR courses, to ensure that the highest refereeing standards are maintained at the flagship event.
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