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2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup: How many teams have conducted their leagues in the last two years?

13:58 GMT+4 15/01/2022
Gokulam Kerala, Brisbane Roar
Other than India, Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar did not conduct their leagues in the last two years...

The 20th edition of the AFC Women's Asian Cup is all set to kick off on January 20 in India with China taking on Chinese Taipei in the opening game.

12 teams including the hosts will take part in the Asian Cup. Japan are the defending champions.

However, preparations haven't been ideal in the last couple of years for the teams after the pandemic distupted the footballing calendars.

Out of the 12 participating teams, eight managed to conduct their local leagues in the recent past. Only India, Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia were unable to conduct their respective domestic leagues due to the ongoing pandemic.

In the 2020/21 season, almost every country had to either cut short their leagues or change the format in order to reduce the number of matches. This was done as most tournaments had to be conducted in a centralised venue or held within a short span of time. But in 2021/22, the situation went back to normalcy in most countries.

The longest league, in terms of number of matches, was Japan's WE League where 110 matches were played. In South Korea's WK League, 84 matches are played. Compared to these, only 33 matches were played in India's premier domestic competition - IWL.

Here, we take a look at the Asian Cup participants and how their domestic league was conducted in the last two years.

Group A

Team

League

No. of matches (2020 + 2021)

China

Chinese Women's Super League 2020 (September to October), Chinese Women's Super League 2021 (April to October)

76 (21+55)

Chinese Taipei

Taiwan Mulan League 2020 (April to November), Taiwan Mulan League 2021 (April to December)

90 (45+45)

Iran

Kowsar League 2020/21 (November 2020 - March 2021), Kowsar League 2021/22 (Started in November)

144 (72+72)

India

IWL

Last league in 2019/20

Group B

Team

League

No. of matches (2020 + 2021)

Australia

2020–21 W-League (Dec 2020 to April 2021), 2021–22 W-League (Started December)

112 (56+56)

Thailand

2020–21 Thai Women's League (October to December), 2021–22 Thai Women's League (October to December)

56, 2021/22 season will start in 2022.

Philippines

PFF Women’s League

Last league in 2019

Indonesia

Liga 1 Putri

Last league in 2019

Group C

Team

League

No. of matches (2020 + 2021)

Japan

Nadeshiko League 2020 (July to Nov), 2021/22 WE League (12 September 2021 – 21 May 2022)

200 (90+110)

South Korea

WK League 2020 (June to November 2020), WK League 2021 (April to November 2021)

168 (84+84)

Vietnam

2020 Vietnamese Women's Football Championship (September to December), 2021 (Started in November)

80 (40+40)

Myanmar

Myanmar Women's League

Last league in 2018/19