The Latest: China confirmed as 2023 Asian Cup host

The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women’s World Cup (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

China will host the 2023 Asian Cup, though in which months is unclear.

Asian Football Confederation members have picked China, which was the sole candidate on Tuesday after South Korea withdrew last month. China previously staged the 2004 tournament.

China proposes using 12 host cities each with one stadium staging games in the 24-team tournament. Nine stadiums will be newly built.

The four-yearly Asian Cup traditionally kicks off in January. However, that would mean starting within weeks of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar finishing on Dec. 18.

China is likely also to bid for hosting the expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and the 2030 World Cup.


10:15 a.m.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is meeting his 211 voters one day ahead of his re-election for a new four-year term.

Infantino is attending a series of meetings on Tuesday hosted by soccer‘s six continental governing bodies in central Paris hotels.

Asian soccer leaders are preparing to elect China as host of the 2023 Asian Cup, while African officials are dealing with fallout from a chaotic African Champions League final game last Friday.

All 211 FIFA member federations meet Wednesday for their annual congress, where Infantino is unopposed to extend a presidential term that began in February 2016.


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