The Asian Football Confederation last week announced the five bidders in the running to host the 2027 Asian Cup.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Iran and Uzbekistan are the listed countries who have expressed their interest in hosting the continental tournament in 2027.
The AFC intends to make a decision on the host of the 2027 Asian Cup by next year, after assessing each bid proposal in the coming months.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, said: “The AFC Asian Cup is the pinnacle stage for Asia’s finest and the record breaking and biggest-ever edition in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 laid the foundations for Asian football to strengthen this legacy and we have no doubts that China PR will not only match but also surpass all our expectations in 2023.
“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to thank all our Member Associations for stepping forward to express their desire and for sharing our ambitions to host a world-class stage for our players, teams, officials and fans and I wish all of them the very best in the bidding process,” he concluded.
Reigning champions Qatar and Iran have both hosted the tournament twice before.
Iran are the only nation in Asian football to have won the competition on home soil twice, in 1968 and 1976 respectively.
Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup, hosted the Asian Cup in 1988 and 2011.
Saudi Arabia, India and Uzbekistan are all vying to host the Asian Cup for the first time.
India was recently awarded the hosting rights to the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup, with Uzbekistan hosting this year’s edition of the AFC U-19 Championship.