Message from the President of the East Asian Football Federation
Dear colleagues, dear friends and all others involved,
Welcome to the E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan.
It gives me tremendous pleasure to welcome you all to this very special edition of our flagship competition, celebrating twenty years of the East Asian Football Federation. This promises to be a jubilant expression of the sport we love.
Looking back at the past twenty years and eight editions of tournaments, we have together witnessed the prosperity and development of the EAFF. We will rightly be able to take this opportunity to consider all that we have achieved over this time and anticipate all that is still to come.
Despite that the tournament is happening a year later than planned, due to our collective efforts in dealing with the challenges brought by the pandemic, we can now be more optimistic about what lies ahead, in what is a tournament of hope.
As our attention rightfully now turns to the field of play, we welcome the national teams of China PR, Japan and Korea Republic as well as the women’s team of Chinese Taipei and the men’s team of Hong Kong. Over nine days we will see them engage in top competition, showcasing the true potential of our region. I wish the players, the coaches, the match officials and all the others involved the best of luck in performing to the highest standard.
Finally, a word for the Local Organising Committee and host cities. At such short notice to come together to arrange such a remarkable Competition is without doubt inspiring to us all. I have complete confidence that it will be memorable for all who have the pleasure to be involved. I also want to take this chance to thank our ten Member Associations, Official Sponsors and Supporters as well as our partners Dentsu Inc. for their support. Last but by no means least, I want to thank the fans, you are the soul of the game.
H.E. DU Zhaocai
President, East Asian Football Federation
Official Title of the Competition
EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
Japan Football Association (JFA)
Competition Date and Venue
19-27 July, 2022
Kashima Soccer Stadium Toyota Stadium
Men's Team:China PR, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea Republic
Women's Team:China PR, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea Republic
Mode of Competition and Rules for Determining the Winner
1.The system of play for the Finals shall be a round-robin league system, with each team playing one
(1) match against each of the other teams, with three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a draw and none for a defeat.
2.The ranking shall be determined in descending order as follows:
2.1 higher number of points obtained in all Matches;
2.2 if two (2) or more Participating Teams are equal on points, the following criteria are applied to determine the ranking (in descending order):
»higher number of points obtained in the Matches played among the Participating Teams in question;
»superior goal difference from the Matches played among the Participating Teams in question;
»higher number of goals scored in the Matches played among the Participating Teams in question;
»if, after having applied the Head-to-Head criteria, two (2) or more Participating Teams still have an equal ranking, the Head-to-Head criteria shall be reapplied exclusively to the Matches between the Participating Teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, the Group Results criteria shall apply;
Group Results Criteria
»superior goal difference from all Matches played;
»higher number of goals scored from all Matches played;
»Penalty Kicks if only the two (2) Participating Teams are both on the Field of Play;
»the lower score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in all Matches; or
»the drawing of lots
Duration of Matches
Each Match shall last ninety (90) minutes, comprising two periods of forty-five (45) minutes with an interval of fifteen (15) minutes in between from the whistle ending the first period to the whistle starting the second period.
Harness East Asia's innovative flair and collective strengths to explore new possibilities for football, to promote solidarity within the region and provide a game-changing football experience to the world.
About the EAFF E-1 Football Championship emblem
The metallic outer shell surrounding the tournament title symbolizes both a football and our planet, Earth. The shining light in the upper right signifies the Sun that rises in the East, and represents the development in football that will originate from East Asia.
The seamlessly connected pentagons of the football represent Asia's solidarity and its world influence, and the design floating against a black background embodies the aspirations of the competition to continue to be innovative and leading-edge.