The 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup was the 19th edition of the AFC Women's Asian Cup, the quadrennial international football tournament in Asia competed by the women's national teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was originally scheduled to be held in Jordan between 7 and 22 April 2018, but later was changed to 6 to 20 April 2018.
|2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
|كأس آسيا لكرة القدم للسيدات 2018|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Japan (2nd title)|
|Third place||China PR|
|Goals scored||66 (3.88 per match)|
|Attendance||31,537 (1,855 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Li Ying (7 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Mana Iwabuchi|
|Fair play award||Japan|
The draw for the qualifiers was held on 21 January 2017. The top three finishers of the last AFC Women's Cup qualified automatically and did not have to enter qualifying, while Jordan also qualified automatically as hosts but decided to also participate in the qualifying competition. The matches were played from 3 to 12 April 2017.
The following eight teams qualified for the tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Appearance||Previous best performance||FIFA ranking|
at start of event
|Jordan||Hosts||2nd||Group stage (2014)||51|
|Japan||2014 champions||16th||Champions (2014)||11|
|Australia||2014 runners-up||6th||Champions (2010)||6|
|China PR||2014 third place||14th||Champions (1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2006)||17|
|Philippines||Group A runners-up[note 1]||9th||Group stage (1981, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003)||72|
|South Korea||Group B winners||12th||Third place (2003)||16|
|Thailand||Group C winners||16th||Champions (1983)||30|
|Vietnam||Group D winners||8th||Group stage (1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)||35|
The competition was played in two venues in the city of Amman.
|Amman International Stadium||King Abdullah II Stadium|
|Capacity: 17,619||Capacity: 13,000|
The final draw was held on 9 December 2017, 13:00 EET (UTC+2), at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup final tournament and qualification, with the hosts Jordan automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
Each team must register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers (Regulations Articles 31.4 and 31.5).
A total of 10 referees and 12 assistant referees were appointed for the final tournament.
The top two teams of each group qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as the semi-finals. The third-placed team of each group entered the fifth-placed match.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 11.5):
|Matchday 1||6–7 April 2018||1 v 4, 2 v 3|
|Matchday 2||9–10 April 2018||4 v 2, 3 v 1|
|Matchday 3||12–13 April 2018||1 v 2, 3 v 4|
|1||China PR||3||3||0||0||15||1||+14||9||Knockout stage and|
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
|3||Philippines||3||1||0||2||3||7||−4||3||Fifth place match|
|1||Australia||3||1||2||0||9||1||+8||5[a]||Knockout stage and|
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
|3||South Korea||3||1||2||0||4||0||+4||5[a]||Fifth place match|
In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to decide the winner if necessary.
|17 April – King Abdullah II|
|20 April – Amman International|
|17 April – King Abdullah II|
|Australia (p)||2 (3)|
|Third place match|
|20 April – Amman International|
|Fifth place match|
|16 April – Amman International|
Winner qualified for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer||Fairplay Award|
|Mana Iwabuchi||Li Ying (7 goals)||Japan|
There were 66 goals scored in 17 matches, for an average of 3.88 goals per match.
1 own goal
2 own goals
The following five teams from AFC qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup1|
|China PR||9 April 2018||6 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)|
|Thailand||12 April 2018||1 (2015)|
|Australia||13 April 2018||6 (19952, 19992, 20032, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Japan||13 April 2018||7 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|South Korea||16 April 2018||2 (2003, 2015)|
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