India is set to host the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup ©AFC

India is set to stage the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup in 2022 after being recommended as hosts for the tournament.

The AFC Women's Football Committee chose India, which will hold the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup later this year, ahead of Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan.

AFC Women's Football Committee chairperson Mahfuza Akhter Kiron said India, which also hosted the AFC Under-16 Championship in 2016 and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017, was best placed to maximise the development of the women's game in Asia.

"The last edition was a major step forward for the women’s game in Asia," said Kiron. 

"It was played in Jordan, the first time a West Asian nation had hosted the event. 

"Now we are looking to build on that legacy.

"India offers the best opportunities to build the event commercially as well as increasing the value and India is also committed to developing the women’s game in the country and while all three were strong bids, India stands out."

Jordan hosted the last AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2018 ©Getty Images
Jordan hosted the last AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2018 ©Getty Images

D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Trans Stadia Arena in Ahmedabad and Fatorda Stadium in Goa have been selected to host matches at the expanded 2022 Women's Asian Cup, due to feature 12 teams instead of eight.

All three venues will be used during the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, scheduled to run from November 2 to 21.

The exact dates for the 2022 Women's Asian Cup have not yet been confirmed, but the event is expected to take place in late October and early November.

The AFC said the match schedule would be "worked out bearing in mind the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the agreed FIFA release dates".

India hosted the tournament in 1979, when the event was organised by the Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC), a separate body which became part of the AFC in 1986.