|Teams||9 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Third place||North Korea|
|Goals scored||77 (3.85 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Y?ki Nagasato (7 goals)|
The 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup was a women's football tournament for women's national teams from countries affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation. It was the 15th installment of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.
Unlike the previous tournament which was held every two years, the tournament has been moved back a year to 2006. The structure of the competition has changed for this tournament, with a qualifying tournament and a separate championship tournament.
The four qualifiers of the sub-tournament (Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar, Thailand) went on to compete for the Championship proper against the four automatic finalists (China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea). Australia were added to the final tournament following their switch from Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian confederation. The finals of the tournament were held in Australia in July 2006 - the hosting rights were originally given to Japan, but after Australia moved conferences, they were given the hosting rights. All matches in the main tournament were held in Adelaide.
The tournament also acted as Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2007 Women's World Cup. Two spots were available in addition to the automatic spot given to China as World Cup hosts. China won the tournament, beating hosts Australia in the final. Thus, Australia took the first qualifying spot, while North Korea defeated Japan in the third place play-off to take second place. Japan now play off with the third-placed team in the CONCACAF region, despite beating China in the group stages.
Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea qualified by virtue of occupying the four top spots in the 2003 AFC Women's Championship.
The tournament was held in Adelaide, South Australia, with Hindmarsh Stadium being the main venue, hosting all matches except for one of the two concurrent last matches in each of the two groups, which were held at Marden Sports Complex.
|Shinobu Ohno 9
Y?ki Nagasato 29, 33, 46, 71, 92+
Homare Sawa 38, 80
Mizuho Sakaguchi 48, 89
Miyuki Yanagita 68
|Hsieh I-ling 35|
|Ri Kum-suk 8, 34
Ri Un-suk 31
Kim Tan-sil 36, 73
Ho Sun-hui 43
Jo Yun-mi 59
Kim Yong-ae 67, 87
|Cha Yun-hee 30, 44
Jung Jung-suk 39, 50, 71, 80, 83, 86
Kim Joo-hee 42
Kim Jin-hee 69
Jung Sey-hwa 87
|China PR||2 (4)|
Winners qualify for the 2007 Women's World Cup.
In the China v North Korea match, China conceded a potential equaliser in injury time, but it was disallowed for offside. The North Koreans reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at the referees, and North Korean goalkeeper Han Hye-yong kicked Italian referee Anna De Toni from behind. Three North Korean players, including Han, were suspended before the third place play-off. North Korea protested the decision, demanding a rematch and a reversal of the suspensions.
As China were automatically qualified as hosts, North Korea qualified for the World Cup as the third-placed team in the tournament. Japan will play off with the third-placed team from the 2006 Women's Gold Cup in the CONCACAF region.
|Australia||2-2 (a.e.t.)||China PR|
|Caitlin Munoz 29
Joanne Peters 33
|Han Duan 68
Ma Xiaoxu 73
|2006 AFC Women's Championship Winners|