AFC Asian Cup 2027 bid process decision delayed until 2022

The bidding process for the hosting rights for the 2027 Asian Cup has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held in 2022 instead of this year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday.

The selection of the host nation was due to be have been made at the AFC Congress on Nov. 27, 2021.

India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are bidding to host the continental governing body's flagship men's tournament.

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"The AFC Executive Committee acknowledged the travel restrictions in organising the inspection visits to the Bidding Member Associations, which forms an essential part of the bidding process...," the AFC said in a statement.

"Therefore, it was agreed that the selection of the host for the AFC Asian Cup 2027 will now take place in 2022, instead of the upcoming 31st AFC Congress on Nov. 27, 2021."