July 13, 2024


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What Tournament Organisers Can Learn From India’s AFC Women’s Cup Exit

Football and covid mask

The Indian women’s soccer staff (Indian staff) was compelled to withdraw from the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup 2022 (AFC Cup) due to twelve gamers testing good for COVID-19 in the squad.1 On 23 January 2022, the Indian team was scheduled to play its next team game from Chinese Taipei. However, thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the squad, the Indian staff were being not able to identify the minimum 13 gamers needed to get started the match and for that reason the match was identified as off a few minutes right after the scheduled kick-off. Following the cancellation of the match, AFC regarded as India to have withdrawn from the competition in accordance with the Specific Principles (described under) instituted to address pandemic induced match cancellations.

In this context, we will examine:

  • AFC restrictions that governed India’s withdrawal from the AFC Cup.

  • Approaches adopted by different tournaments in situation of COVID-19 interruptions:

    • Mandatory cancellation of matches/withdrawal from match.

    • Discretionary scenario-to-scenario foundation assessment.

We will conclude with ideas for tournament organisers to handle although checking out the various approaches taken by football tournaments.


Abhinav Shrivastava Shubham Jain