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Hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in India is an unparalleled opportunity to take Asian football to new heights.
India is the world’s fastest emerging football market with unrivalled potential. In partnership with the AFC, we would unlock new commercial opportunities, fill stadia and engage a passionate audience of more than 1 billion.
We would accelerate the growth of Indian and Asian football, with transformational legacy initiatives fast-tracking the development of the game, increasing grassroots participation and enhancing elite performance.
And, we are a safe pair of hands. Our proposed host cities have a proven track record of successfully delivering major global events and are home to world-class stadia and facilities.
What’s more, India’s first ever AFC Asian Cup would be a spectacular celebration of the beautiful game that would unite the Asian football family in a vibrant, exuberant and welcoming festival of football.
We will open our arms to welcome officials, players and travelling fans with the ethos of “Atithi Devo Bhava” (Guests are equivalent to Gods) and “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (The World is one family).
All of Asia is invited to experience our nations’ diversity and warm hospitality.
India has a proven track record of delivering seamless global events, including the most-attended FIFA youth-tournament in history, the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Our stadia and facilities are world-class and ready to host visiting teams, officials and fans in host cities that are well-connected major football hubs, with new or recently renovated infrastructure.
Hosting the AFC Asian Cup 2027 will take Indian and Asian football to a new level, accelerating the development of the game.
We will implement transformational legacy programs with a focus on infrastructure improvements and grassroots initiatives - such as Mission XI Million and Football Corners – creating tangible benefits for local communities and the Asian football family.
India 2027 has total, unwavering government and state support and is aligned with our national mission to increase participation and create a strong sporting culture.
With backing from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and at every state level, we are focused on achieving our dream of hosting a first AFC Asian Cup and realising football’s full potential.
Our powerful bid logo highlights our ambition, focus and spirit: As the national animal and one considered to be royal, the tiger epitomises India's spirit and ambition to be a leader in football, and represents the unique exuberance visiting fans and teams will experience. Indian football's sharp focus and committed vision to moving forward, is showcased in the eye of the tiger
India's national team, the Blue Tigers, feature tiger inspired stripes on their kit's sleeves
AFC Asian Cup is Asia's premier footballing event that is held every four years. It is the second oldest continental footballing championship in the world – with the first edition being held in 1956.
The tournament attracts close to 2.1 billion eyeballs on television, making it one of the most watched football events in the world.
Japan remains the most successful team with four titles while Saudi Arabia and Iran have both won three championships each.
India finished as runners-up in 1964 in a four-nation tournament and after that were part of the 1984, 2011 and 2019 edition of the tournament.
The latest trophy was used for the first time in 2019 and saw a fantastic unveiling at the Burj Khalifa. The trophy is modeled like a lotus flower, a symbolically important aquatic Asian plant.
Five petals of the lotus symbolize the five sub-confederations under the AFC. The winning countries' names are engraved around the trophy base, which is separable from the trophy's main body. This trophy has a handle on each side, unlike its predecessor.