Girls together with Japanese trailblazer Yoshimi Yamashita will referee on the males’s Asian Cup for the primary time subsequent 12 months in Qatar, officers stated Thursday.
Yamashita, who was additionally chosen for the 2022 males’s World Cup in Qatar, has been chosen alongside 4 different girls for the regional championship in January-February.
“For the first time ever, women match officials are poised to make their debut at Asia’s most prestigious men’s national team competition,” the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) stated in an announcement.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system may even make its “full debut” on the event, the AFC stated.
The Asian Cup may have 24 groups for the primary time and hosts Qatar are the reigning champions.
Japan and South Korea may even be among the many favourites after reaching the World Cup final 16 in Qatar.
Final month the AFC introduced it could launch an Asian girls’s Champions League subsequent 12 months.