Women referees for AFC Cup clash

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) recently announced that for the first time in history an all-female referee team will take charge of a Men’s Continental Club Cup clash.

Key Highlights

  • For the first time in AFC history, three Japanese female referees namely Naomi Teshirogi, Mokoto Bozono and Yoshimi Yamashita will officiate a men’s AFC Cup match.
  • The trio will also be among 12 officials from the AFC to officiate the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June 2019.
  • The AFC Cup match officiated by them will be between Naga World (Cambodia’s team) and Yangon United (Myanmar’s team) at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
  • Importance: In past Women officials were only employed as assistant referees in AFC Cup matches. It was in 2014 when Australians Alysson Flynn and Sarah Ho became first female assistant referees in AFC Cup matches. This new decision by club marks a new milestone in Asian refereeing.

About The AFC Cup

  • It is an International association football competition. It was founded in 2004.
  • It is held annually between different domestic clubs run by Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Every year around 36 teams participate in competition.
  • It is second-string (means second choice) Asian club competition, just one position below AFC Champions League.
  • The AFC Cup 2019 is the 16th edition of AFC Cup.


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