AFC’s ‘It’s My Game’ celebrates women’s role in football in Asia
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) marks this year’s AFC Women’s Football Day with a campaign highlighting the women working in football across the Continent.
The “It’s My Game” campaign celebrates women’s contribution to Asian football and emphasises their varied roles within the game, illustrating football as a career choice for women and girls.
The day sees AFC’s Member Associations unite again in support of women’s football and the AFC Women’s Football Day, coinciding also with International Women’s Day. A record number of participants, 23,000, are involved this year, with the total number of girls and women taking part in the activities doubling from last year’s 12,700.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “Today we celebrate the women who work for the betterment of Asian football in our Member Associations, driven by their passion for the game. As the AFC strives to fulfil its vision of excellence, we cannot afford to ignore the vital contribution women make, on and off the pitch.
“Asia is the world’s biggest football stadium and women and girls are an important part of the future success of the game in the Continent. Fulfilling Asia’s football potential is possible only if it includes everyone: women, men, boys and girls.
“I trust that the It’s My Game campaign will encourage girls across Asia to see football as a viable future career option.”
This year, 30 AFC Member Associations from Bhutan to IR Iran and India, Singapore to Palestine are marking the AFC Women’s Football Day with festivals, tournaments, workshops, skills clinics and seminars involving children and adults, women’s national team players and other women’s football ambassadors and role models to celebrate the annual continent-wide initiative dedicated to the promotion and development of women’s football.
Th 2018 AFC Women’s Football Day precedes Asia’s flagship women’s competition: the AFC Women’s Asian Cup will kick off in less than a month, on April 6, and it will be held for the first time in West Asia, in Jordan’s capital Amman.
Eight teams, Australia, China PR, Japan, Jordan, Korea Republic, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, featuring some of the world’s best female footballers, will be playing for continental glory and for five places in the FIFA World Cup.
In the second part of 2018, the qualifiers for the AFC Under-16 and Under-19 Women’s Championships will be played in September and October respectively.