Thailand and China in running to host AFC Asian Cup 2019

2007 host Malaysia have pulled out of the running leaving Thailand as the only South East Asian representative with seven other competing nations
Asian Football Confederation have announced a two-day workshop to explain the bidding processes for Member Associations (MAs) who are keen on hosting the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

The workshop to be held on September 10 and 11 will cover information on the rights, roles and responsibilities, AFC's requirements and other aspects of hosting the tournament.

Malaysia, Myanmar and Lebanon have pulled out of the race to host the competition and eight MAs remain with just one representative from South East Asia.

Thailand, along with China, Iran, Bahrain. Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are bidding to host the flagship continental competition and will be in attendance at the workshop.

Thailand was the venue for 1972 edition last hosted in 2007, serving as co-hosts with Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, while the 2011 tournament was held in Qatar. Australia are slated to host the next competition in 2015.