Qatar submits official bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 27, 2020: The Asian Football Confederation has received Qatar’s bid to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2027.

The Qatar Football Association submitted the official bid through the country’s Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Fahad bin Mohammed Kafood, who visited AFC House on Wednesday, August 26 to hand over the bid documentation.

Qatar, the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, are aiming to be the first Asian country to stage the continent’s premier football showpiece for a third time having previously hosted it in 1988 and 2011. 

Others in the running to host the tournament in 2027 are India, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.

The last edition of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 signalled a major shift for football in Asia after the tournament broke all digital media engagement and TV viewership records, following the widely acclaimed decision to expand Asia’s flagship competition from 16 to 24 national teams.

China will host the next edition in 2023.

Source: AFC