Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup launches new website

Australia’s biggest football tournament, the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, has launched its brand new website.

Australia-s biggest football tournament, the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, has launched its brand new website.

The site arrived on Wednesday on the eve of the event-s One Year To Go milestone and will provide an in-depth look into what is set to be a festival of football and culture from January 9-31.

The website will provide intriguing and informative content on the teams and players that will contest Asia-s biggest single-sport event, where 32 matches will be played in 23 days across five host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

Exclusive news and videos will keep the most ardent football fans on their toes while also providing those new to the tournament and sport an insight into what they can expect from the Asian Cup when it hits Australian shores in early 2015.

CEO of the Local Organising Committee Michael Brown urged everyone interested in football and major events to register on the website to receive updates, ticketing information, priority purchasing opportunities and the chance to win some money can-t buy experiences.

The site also offers fans a wealth of background on a tournament first played in 1956, including a roll of honour of champions, runners-up and hosts, as well as a detailed look at Australia-s five host cities and stadiums and what they will offer football fans from near and far.

There are regularly updated profiles on the coaches, teams and stars of leading Asian football countries who are expected to light up the tournament in 2015 while also providing insights into Asian football history.

“This is another important milestone for us as we set about delivering a world class event that celebrates Asia-s rich football heritage,” Mr Brown said.

“Our website is another important step in our growing engagement with sports fans throughout Australia and Asia.

“Fans should visit it regularly and register to stay up to date on the latest news on the Asian Cup, and the teams and players taking part.”

The new website is available in English and Arabic - the two official languages of the AFC.

Twelve nations have already qualified - Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners DPR Korea, along with recent qualifiers Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

A further four spots are at stake, one in the AFC Challenge Cup and a further three via the qualifiers which will culminate three weeks before the draw at the Sydney Opera House on March 26.

The tournament is being jointly funded by the Australian Government and the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and ACT Governments.