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Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation

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The Associated Press

April 2, 2020, 9:13 AM

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Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.

The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.

China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.

The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.

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