A total of 12 teams will take part in the continental competition.

Asia’s flagship women’s championship, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, is just a week away from bringing its 20th edition into light. The tournament kicks-off on January 20 and will go until February 6 behind closed doors in Maharashtra. It will be held across three venues inside a bio-secure bubble. This particular piece here will give you a detailed look into the squads of the 12 participating nations at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022.

The upcoming edition of the championship will see the number of participating nations being increased from eight to twelve. The top five teams from the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup will get a ticket to the 2021 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand while two other nations will progress to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Japan have won the crown for two successive edition and will be keen to add a third in their books. However, last edition’s runners-up Australia and bronze medalists China PR will be eyeing a revenge on the Indian soil.

On that note, we take a look at the squads of the participating teams.

Australia

Goalkeepers: Lydia Williams, Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micah

Defenders: Clare Polkinghorne, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter, Aivi Luik, Courtney Nevin, Charlotte Grant.

Midfielders: Emily van Egmond, Tameka Yallop, Kyra Cooney-Cross, Clare Wheeler.

Forwards: Kyah Simon, Sam Kerr (C), Caitlin Foord, Hayley Raso, Emily Gielnik, Mary Fowler, Remy Siemsen.

China PR

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The Chinese national team is one of the best teams in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022

Goalkeepers: Zhu Yu, Xu Huan, Zhao Lina.

Defenders: Ma Jun, Zhang Xin, Wang Shanshan, Zhang Linyan.

Midfielders: Li Mengwen, Wang Xiaoxue, Li Jiayue, Wang Shuang, Yao Wei, Wu Chengshu, Yao Lingwei, Tang Jiali, Xiao Yuyi, Li Ying, Gao Chen.

Forwards: Yang Lina, Lou Jiahui, Liu Yanqiu, Wang Yanwen, Zhang Rui.

Chinese Taipei

Goalkeepers: Tsai Ming-Jung, Liao Wen-Chi, Cheng Ssu-Yu, Wang Yu-Ting.

Defenders: Lai Wei-Ju, Pan Shin-Yu, Chang Su-Hsin, Su Sin-Yun, Chang Tzu-Nuo, Pan Yen-Hsin.

Midfielders: Chang Chi-Lan, Zhuo Li-Ping, Wang Hsiang-Huei, Hsu Yi-Yun, Wu Ka-Ching, Ting Chi, Chen Ying-Hui, Ting Chia-Ying.

Forwards: Lin Hsin-Hui, Chen Yen-Ping, Lee Hsiu-Chin, Lai Li-Chin, Su Yu-Hsuan.

India

Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayanasamy.

Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi Ngangbam, Ritu Rani, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Hemam Shilky Devi, Sanju Yadav.

Midfielders: Yumnam Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Karthika Angamuthu, Nongmeithem Ratanbala Devi, Naorem Priyangka Devi, Indumathi Kathiresan.

Forwards: Manisha Kalyan, Grace Dangmei, Pyari Xaxa, Renu, Sumati Kumari, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Mariyammal Balamurugan.

Indonesia

Goalkeepers: Nurhalimah, Fani, Riska Aprilia.

Defenders: Remini Chere Rumbewas, Shalika Aurelia Viandrisa, Ade Mustikiana Oktafiani, Diah Tri Lestari, Tia Darti Septiawati.

Midfielders: Reva Octavian, Viny Silfianus Sunaryo, Helsya Maeisyaroh, Rani Mulya Sari, Rosdilah Siti Nurrohmah, Sabrina Mutiara Firdaus W., Pani Tri Oktavianti, Octavianti Dwi Nurmalita, Maulina Novryliani.

Forwards: Insyafadya Salsabillah, Carla Bio Pattinasarany, Vivi Oktavia Riski, Baiq Amiatun Shalihah, Zahra Muzdalifah, Marsela Yuliana Awi.

Iran

Goalkeepers: Zohreh Koodaei, Maryam Yektae, Arefeh Seyedkazemi.

Defenders: Fatemeh Amineh, Hadieh Kor, Melika Motevalli, Ghazaelh Banitalebi, Behnaz Taherkhani, Zohreh Jalali, Fatemeh Adeli.

Midfielders: Zahra Sarbali, Sara Zohrabinia, Samaneh Chahkandi, Yasaman Farmani, Elham Farahmand, Zahra Masoumi, Melika Mohammadi, Marzieh Nikkhah, Sana Sadeghi.

Forwards: Afsaneh Chatrenoor, Sara Ghomi, Negin Zandi, Hajar Dabbaghi.

Japan

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Mana Iwabuchi (right) who plays for Arsenal is one of Japan’s best players at AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022

Goalkeepers: Momoko Tanaka, Sakiko Ikeda, Ayaka Yamashita

Defenders: Risa Shimizu, Moeka Minami, Saki Kumagai, Shiori Miyake, Asato Miyagawa, Ruka Norimatsu, Hana Takahashi, Saori Takarada.

Midfielders: Rin Sumida, Hikaru Naomoto, Jun Endo, Yui Hasegawa, Fuka Nagano, Honoka Hayashi, Yui Narumiya, Hinata Miyazawa.

Forwards: Yuika Sugasawa, Mana Iwabuchi, Mina Tanaka, Riko Ueki.

Korea Republic

Goalkeepers: Kang Gaae, Kim Jung-mi, Yoon Young-geul

Defenders: Kim Hye-ri, Shim Seo-yeon, Lee Young-ju, Lim Seon-joo, Jang Selgi, Choo Hyo-joo, Hong Hye-ji.

Midfielders: Kim Seong-mi, Park Yeeun, Yeo Min-ji, Lee Min-a, Lee Jeong-min, Cho Mi-jin, Cho So-hyun, Ji So-yun, Lee Geum-min.

Forwards: Moon Mi-ra, Seo Ji-youn, Son Hwa-yeon and Choe Yu-ri.

Myanmar

Goalkeepers: May Zin New, Zu Latt Nadi, Khine Zar Win.

Defenders: Aye Aye Moe, Chit Chit, Khin Myo Win, Phyu Phyu Win, Nant Zu Zu Htet, Zune Yu Ya Oo, Khin Than Wai, Ei Ei Kyaw.

Midfielders: Thin Thin Yu, Saw Thaw Thaw, Khin Mo Mo Tun, Khin Marlar Tun, Hnin Pwint Aye, Win Win, Naw Htet Htet Wai, Myat Noe Khin, Nu Nu, Khin Than Wai.

Forwards: Win Theingi Tun, Khin Moe Wai, July Kyaw.

Philippines

Goalkeepers: Inna Palacios, Kiara Fontanilla, Olivia McDaniel       

Defenders: Dominique Randle, Tara Shelton, Hali Long, Ryley Bugay, Morgan Brown, Isabella Flanigan, Sofia Harrison, Katrina Guillou.

Midfielders: Malea Cesar, Tahnai, Camille Rodriguez, Jessica Miclat, Anicka Castañeda, Sara Castañeda, Keanne Alamo.

Forwards: Chandler McDaniel, Carleigh Frilles, Sarina Bolden, Eva Madarang, Quinley Quezada.

Thailand

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Thailand are the first-ever SouthEast Asian team to ever feature in a FIFA Women’s World Cup

Goalkeepers: Waraporn Boonsing, Chotmanee Thongmongkol, Tiffany Sornpao.

Defenders: Kanjanaporn Saenkhun, Phonlhirun Philawan, Amornrat Utchai, Warunee Phetwiset, Sunisa Srangthaisong, Jaruwan Chaiyarak, U-Raiporn Yongkul, Pitsamai Sornsai.

Midfielders: Rravadee Makris, Pikul Khueanpet, Silawan Intamee, Nipawan Panyosuk, Nutwadee Pramnak, Orapin Waenngoen, Wilaiporn Boothduang, Chatchawan Rodthong.

Forwards: Kanyanat Chetthabutr, Saowalak Pengngam, Taneekarn Dangda, Miranda Nild.

Vietnam

Goalkeepers: Lai Thi Tuyet, Tran Thi Kim Thanh, Khong Thi Hang.

Defenders: Luong Thi Thu Thuong, Chuong Thi Kieu, Tran Thi Thu, Tran Thi Duyen, Le Thi Diem My, Pham Thi Tuoi, Tran Thi Phuong Thao, Nguyen Thi My Anh.

Midfielders: Pham Hoang Quynh, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung, Tran Thi Thuy Trang, Thai Thi Thao, Duong Thi Van, Nguyen Thi Van, Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha, Ngan Thi Van Su, Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy.

Forwards: Huynh Nhu, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Ngan, Pham Hai Yen.

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