SAUDI 2027 - OUR VISION
FOR 2027 AND BEYOND
Football in Asia is on the rise! With anticipation building towards the 2023 Asian Cup, now is the time for all of Asian football to benefit from the positive momentum being created.
By bringing the AFC Asian Cup 2027 to Saudi Arabia for the first-time ever, is the opportunity to ensure that this momentum is not only carried forward but that it is renewed and expanded to include each and every football association across Asia. An AFC Asian Cup 2027 in Saudi Arabia will be much more than a football tournament; it will be the next step forward for Asian football, creating a strong legacy for all.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DELIVERING LEGACIES:
IN SAUDI ARABIA
In all three proposed host cities, the AFC Asian Cup 2027 will facilitate the speedy development of football infrastructure. This will include both the major stadiums foreseen to host matches during the tournament, as well as smaller stadiums and football training centers, which will be used for participating teams’ trainings and preparations.
This fast-tracked development program will not only benefit the professional Saudi teams in the three host cities, but also ensure that grassroots infrastructure is prepared to welcome future generations of players and fans in an unprecedented manner.
Saudi Arabia enjoys a long-standing passion for football with a very large and engaged fan community. With its history of having won the AFC Asian Cup three times and qualified for the FIFA World Cup five times, the interest in national team football is enormous.
The opportunity to a host a major international football tournament of the scale of the AFC Asian Cup, for the first time in the Kingdom’s history, will further entrench football in Saudi Arabia’s future. Throughout the build up to the tournament, a number of fan engagement programs will be developed to include all generations and all backgrounds with new and unique opportunities to further their involvement in the beautiful game.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than five million passionate football fans, 33% of whom are female. The share of enthusiastic female football fans is growing tremendously, and the AFC Asian Cup 2027 in Saudi Arabia will provide the ultimate catalyst to further women’s football in the Kingdom.
In recent years, a range of initiatives have been developed to establish women’s football within Saudi Arabia, and looking ahead to 2027, we want to make sure that women are not only actively involved in the organization of the tournament, but we continue to advance and showcase the women’s game.
The AFC Asian Cup 2027 in the Kingdom will be the opportunity for all Member Associations in Asia to benefit from our successes and commitment to football development at the highest level. This will be an opportunity to exchange with and involve every AFC Member Association in planning and preparing for the tournament, giving smaller Member Associations the knowledge and the tools needed to organize tournaments in their own countries.
To secure the on-going and active involvement of all AFC Member Associations, we are planning to organize a series of workshops for technical directors and tournament directors. Such gatherings will provide valuable inputs and ideas about how to stage a next generation football tournament and will inspire and encourage smaller Member Associations to stage new tournaments in their countries in the future. These workshops, aimed at exchanging ideas, could begin as soon as the hosting decision is made, ensuring impact and legacy several years in advance of 2027.
Across the world, women’s football is growing like never before. We see the AFC Asian Cup 2027 as being an ideal platform to expand women’s football and leaving a lasting impression for all 47 member associations of the AFC.
Throughout the preparations of the tournament, and hosting of the tournament itself, we will develop a series of initiatives to showcase women’s football, using the high-profile status of the men’s game as a key catalyst. Every step of the way, we will work involve AFC member associations to play an active part, and practically support each other in new and innovative efforts to drive growth in women’s football in Asia.