News ID: 319349
Published: 1017 GMT January 12, 2022

Iran confirms squad for Women’s Asian Cup

Iran confirms squad for Women’s Asian Cup

Sports Desk

Head coach Maryam Irandoost announced Iran’s 23-woman squad for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup – kicking off in India on January 20.

Iran will get its campaign underway on the opening day of the competition against the host in Group A, which also features eight-time champion China, and Chinese Taipei.

Irandoost’s team will then take on China – the most decorated team in the history of the competition – on January 23 in Mumbai before squaring off against Chinese Taipei three days later.

Four semifinalists of the 12-team event will qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with the final slot being decided through inter-confederation playoffs.

Iran made history in September when Zohreh Koudaei saved two spot kicks to lead Irandoost’s women to a 4-2 shootout victory over Jordan for a first-ever berth in the Asian Cup.

A place in the finals could already be considered as a huge success for Iran, which had even been removed from the FIFA Women’s World Ranking for five months – for what the international football governing body had described as lack of competitive action for two years – before regaining its spot last April.

Iran’s full squad for 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup:


Goalkeepers: Zohreh Koudaei, Maryam Yektaei, Arefeh Seyyed-Kazemi

Defenders: Fatemeh Amineh, Hadiyeh Kor, Melika Motevalli, Ghazaleh Banitalebi, Zohreh Jalali, Fatemeh Adeli, Behnaz Taherkhani

Midfielders: Zahra Sarbali, Sara Zohrabinia, Samaneh Chahkandi, Yasaman Farmani, Elham Farahmand, Zahra Ma’soumi, Melika Mohammadi, Marziyeh Nik-khah, Sana Sadeqi

Strikers: Negin Zandi, Afsaneh Chatrenoor, Hajar Dabbaghi, Sara Qomi


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