Celebrating Excellence: Recap of the CAFA U18 Women’s Championship 2024


CAFA U18 Women’s Championship 2024 has left a positive mark on the landscape of women’s football in the region. With a vision to foster the growth of women’s football and strategically prepare teams for continental AFC competitions, CAFA orchestrated a exciting tournament from April 19th to 28th, 2024. This single round-robin format tournament showcased the talent and determination of five participating teams: Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyz Republic. With a total of 10 matches and an impressive tally of 44 goals, the championship was a testament to the burgeoning talent pool and competitive spirit in Central Asia.

Iran Clinches the Title:

Emerging as the champions of the CAFA U18 Women’s Championship 2024, Iran showcased remarkable prowess on the field, securing a total of 10 points throughout the tournament. Led by the stellar performance of MVP Somayeh Esmaeili, Iran’s team exhibited exceptional skill, teamwork, and determination, earning them a well-deserved victory.

Uzbekistan’s Strong Showing:

Hot on Iran’s heels was Uzbekistan, who finished as the runners-up with an impressive tally of 9 points. Spearheaded by the prolific goal-scoring of Shahnoza Dekanbaeva, who claimed the title of the tournament’s top goalscorer with an outstanding 8 goals, Uzbekistan’s journey in the championship was marked by electrifying performances and moments of brilliance.

Kyrgyz Republic’s Admirable Performance:

Securing the third position in the tournament, Kyrgyz Republic demonstrated commendable resilience and skill on the field. With 2 wins and a draw against the formidable Iranian team, Kyrgyz Republic’s players exhibited tenacity and talent, leaving a lasting impression on spectators and enthusiasts alike.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Special Award: Tajikistan was honored with a special award, recognizing their contributions to the tournament and their commitment to the development of women’s football in the region.
  • Fair Play Award: Turkmenistan’s exemplary sportsmanship earned them the Fair Play Award, having received only one yellow card throughout the tournament. Their commitment to fair play and integrity sets a shining example for aspiring athletes everywhere.

The CAFA U18 Women’s Championship 2024 was more than just a series of matches; it was a celebration of talent, dedication, and the unifying power of sport. As the curtains close on this exhilarating tournament, the memories of breathtaking goals, thrilling matches, and unforgettable moments will continue to inspire and propel the growth of women’s football across Central Asia