The launch of the AFC Women's Champions League in 2023
The AFC Women's Champions League will be born in 2023, the Confederation of Nations announced Monday.
"This will definitely boost women's football," said Bai Lili, in charge of women's football at the AFC, which is based in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Despite the organization of the Asian Cup for the women's teams once every four years, the former Chinese international hopes that this new tournament will achieve a renaissance of women's football in the Asian continent, similar to the progress made in Europe.
"If we organize a club competition, this means that the participants must meet certain criteria and the tournaments be well-organized. This will of course help to develop national competitions and allow the players to appear," Bay Lily explained.
It is true that Asia has some prestigious teams at the women's level, such as China and Japan, but the level of the game is still very far from the United States and Europe.
In the last World Cup in 2019, no Asian team was able to skip the quarter-finals, for the first time since the tournament was launched in 1991.
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