“The AFC will now work with every Bidding Member Affiliation on the supply of the required bidding documentation in accordance with the bidding course of and can announce the host for the 19th version of the AFC Asian Cup in 2021,” stated the AFC in a press release late on Tuesday.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa thanked the 5 member associations for showcasing their help to the Asian Cup.
“On behalf of the Asian soccer family, I wish to thank all our Member Associations for stepping ahead to specific their want and for sharing our ambitions to host a world-class stage for our gamers, groups, officers and followers and I want all of them the perfect within the bidding course of,” he stated.
Of the 5 international locations expressing an curiosity, two nations have already hosted the match twice since its inception in 1956.
Reigning champions Qatar staged the competitors in 1988 and 2011, in addition to Iran, who’re the one nation in Asian soccer historical past to have received the coveted crown twice on house soil in 1968 and 1976.
Three-time champions Saudi Arabia and India, who have been lately awarded the internet hosting rights for the 2022 AFC Girls’s Asian Cup, in addition to Uzbekistan, this 12 months’s host for the AFC U-19 Championship, are all vying to stage occasion for the primary time.