Asian Champions League for women on the cardsSports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 7 Apr 2021
A women's Asian Champions League will be launched in 2023, the continent's football governing body said, with the aim of increasing the strength of the game across the region.
Japan won the Women's World Cup in 2011 and Australia and China are also strong, but at club level the popularity of women's football in Asia lags far behind Europe and the United States.
At the last World Cup in France in 2019, no Asian team reached the quarter-finals for the first time in tournament history.
But the Asian Football Confederation is now preparing to launch a women's edition of the Champions League in two years' time, said the governing body's head of women's football, Bai Lili.
"That is going to definitely boost women's football," said Bai, who played for China at the 2004 Athens Olympics. "If we are organizing a club competition, that means the participants need to meet the criteria for club licensing, the leagues need to be well-organized."