CHONBURI, Thailand: With less than a month to go until Jordan writes history by hosting the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup, the nation is continuing to break barriers in women’s football in the region.

The Asian Football Confederation women’s football committee has announced Jordan also as the host of the next Women’s Asian Cup in 2018, making the nation the first Middle Eastern host of a senior Asian women’s football championship.

Getting to work . . . the AFC women's football committee, chaired by Moya Dodd

Committee chair Moya Dodd said: “Jordan have proved they are worthy hosts of the next edition of the AFC Women’s Asia Cup Finals and I would like to congratulate the Jordan Football Association on submitting such a professional and thorough bid.

“This decision marks a geographical landmark, being the first time a member association from the West Zone will have hosted a senior AFC women’s tournament. We look forward to seeing them in the spotlight and wish them well later this month, too, as they host the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup.”

The decision to award the hosting of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 Finals to Jordan was reached after the study of bidding files and the report of the inspection visit to Amman in April.

Venues assessment

The inspection team assessed the venues on a number of themes including hosting of previous AFC competitions, current state of facilities, general infrastructure, transport, security and accommodation.

The decision was taken at the Asian Football Confederation women’s football committee meeting in Chonburi, Thailand, coinciding with the qualifying round there of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2017.

Other key decisions at the meeting included awarding the organiaation of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2017 finals to China PR (Nanjing), while Thailand (Bangkok) will host the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2017 finals.

Dodd, reflecting on a busy agenda, adding: “This is an exciting time for women’s football in Asia as the AFC has pledged recently, as part of its Vision and Mission statement, to further invest in the women’s game in the continent and build on recent progress and success.

“The information shared and discussed today highlights the great steps that are being made in terms of development, coaching, technical ability and competitiveness, as well as administrative expertise at all levels of the women’s game in Asia.”

The committee also discussed the potential for a pilot Asian club championship for elite teams, as well as possible development tournaments for emerging member associations, further mirroring the AFC’s commitment to providing top level competitions to raise the standard of competition in Asia.