MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia decided not to bid for the 2023 Asian Cup but will submit one for the 2026 women’s tournament, Football Australia said on Friday.
Australia, along with South Korea, Indonesia and Qatar, had submitted an expression of interest to replace China as hosts of the 2023 tournament.
“Football Australia has since determined that it will not proceed to submit a formal bid for the AFC Asian Cup 2023,” the governing body said in a statement.
“Football Australia maintains its strong interest in bidding for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026 and will submit a formal and comprehensive bid to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) within the required timeline later this year.”
The FA gave no reasons for pulling out but chief executive James Johnson said in July a bid would be contingent on government support and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) being…