Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies of Japan will start their challenge for the AFC Women’s Club Championship™ 2023 – Invitational Tournament title in Group A following the official draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
Second seeds Sydney FC, the Australian champions, will headline Group B for the fourth edition of the tournament.
Urawa, seeded top based on Japan’s latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking, will have Chinese Taipei’s Hualien Women’s Football Team, host club Bangkok FC of Thailand and India’s Sree Gokulam Kerala Football Club for company in the record-setting eight-team tournament.
Sydney FC’s will face Korea Republic’s Hyundai Steel Red Angels Women’s FC, host club FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan and Islamic Republic of Iran’s Bam Khatoon.
A one-round league format will see the four teams play against each other in the two groups, following which the group winners clash in the grand finale to determine the best women’s club side in Asia.
Taking place from November 6 to 12, the tournament will give way to the AFC Women’s Champions League from the 2024/25 season.
Group A: Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies (JPN), Hualien Women’s Football Team (TPE), Bangkok FC (THA), Sree Gokulam Kerala Football Club (IND)
Group B: Sydney FC (AUS), Hyundai Steel Red Angels Women’s FC (KOR), FC Nasaf (UZB), Bam Khatoon (IRN)