As the countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ continued, it was an important year for women’s international football with UEFA, Concacaf, CONMEBOL, CAF, the AFC and the OFC all staging their continental championships – with all but UEFA’s competition acting as qualification mechanisms for the 32-team tournament in July and August 2023.
England hosted and won the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, beating Germany 2-1 after extra time in the final. China PR were triumphant in India, winning their ninth AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Morocco became the first Arab nation to host the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and also reached the final, which South Africa won 2-1, claiming their first title.
The Concacaf W Championship, hosted by Mexico, was won by the USA who beat Canada 1-0 in the final. Brazil claimed the Copa América Femenina for the eighth time after overcoming hosts Colombia in the final, also with a 1-0 scoreline. Papua New Guinea clinched the OFC Women’s Nations Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win over hosts Fiji in the final.
The tournaments also acted as qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, except in Europe where UEFA organised a separate World Cup qualifying competition.