2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup
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2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup
2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates16-30 July
Teams9 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions China PR
Runners-up Australia
Third place North Korea
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored77 (3.85 per match)
Top scorer(s)Japan 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.

Hindmarsh Stadium
Capacity: 16,500
Marden Sports Complex
Capacity: 6,000
Marden Sports Complex.jpg

Group stage

All matches in the group stage were held at Hindmarsh Stadium, except the Chinese Taipei v Vietnam and Thailand v Australia matches, which took place at Marden Sports Complex.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 3 0 0 17 1 +16 9
 China PR 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 1 7 -6 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0
Attendance: 500

Japan 11-1 Chinese Taipei
Shinobu Ohno Goal 9
Y?ki Nagasato Goal 2933467192+
Homare Sawa Goal 3880
Mizuho Sakaguchi Goal 4889
Miyuki Yanagita Goal 68
Hsieh I-ling Goal 35
Attendance: 200
Vietnam 0-2 China PR
Ma Xiaoxu Goal 2058

Attendance: 5,000

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 4 3 1 0 13 0 +13 10
 Australia 4 3 1 0 11 0 +11 10
 South Korea 4 2 0 2 14 6 +8 6
 Thailand 4 1 0 3 2 26 -24 3
 Myanmar 4 0 0 4 2 10 -8 0
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (China)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)

Thailand 0-9 North Korea
Ri Kum-suk Goal 834
Ri Un-suk Goal 31
Kim Tan-sil Goal 3673
Ho Sun-hui Goal 43
Jo Yun-mi Goal 59
Kim Yong-ae Goal 6787
Attendance: 200
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)
Attendance: 2,000

Attendance: 150
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)
South Korea 11-0 Thailand
Cha Yun-hee Goal 3044
Jung Jung-suk Goal 395071808386
Kim Joo-hee Goal 42
Kim Jin-hee Goal 69
Jung Sey-hwa Goal 87
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (China)

Attendance: 500
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

Knockout stages

27 July
 China PR 1
30 July
 North Korea 0
 China PR 2 (4)
27 July
 Australia 2 (2)
 Australia 2
 Japan 0
Third place
30 July
 North Korea 3
 Japan 2


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.[1]

Attendance: 4,000
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Anna De Toni (Italy)

Third place match

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.

Attendance: 1,200



 2006 AFC Women's Championship Winners 

China PR
Eighth title


  1. ^ N. Korea demands rematch at Asian Cup, AP, retrieved 30 July 2006

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