The winners of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 will lift a brand-new trophy at the final in Amman on April 20, unveiled on Tuesday at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President.
Made by world-renowned silversmiths Thomas Lyte of London, the new trophy embodies the spirit of the competition and is an impressive 52.5cm high being crafted from 5.5 kilogrammes of Hallmarked Sterling Silver bullion.
Thomas Lyte’s craftsmen have delivered some of the most iconic sporting trophies, and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup trophy took 140 hours to create, passing through the hands of eight different craftsmen.
AFC President Shaikh Salman said: “The new AFC Women’s Asian Cup trophy is a striking design that reflects the value of the competition as the Continent’s top women’s football tournament. I look forward to seeing the winning team lift the coveted piece of silverware at the final on April 20 in Amman, Jordan.”
After unveiling the trophy at the AFC House, Shaikh Salman handed the silverware over to the Jordan 2018 Local Organising Committee’s Tournament Director Farah Yahya A. Al-Badarneh.
Farah Yahya A. Al-Badarneh said: “It is an honour for Jordan to host the 2018 edition of the competition featuring this beautiful new trophy.
I am sure fans in Jordan look forward to welcoming it in Amman and seeing the winners lift it at Amman International Stadium at the final on April 20.”
The new 2018 modern design has discrete pointers to the competition’s long history.
The striking handles, which have been cast from six solid silver bars, point to the six participants that played in the first tournament in 1975.
At the base of the trophy eight highly stylised modern women footballers decorate the plinth, capturing the strength and agility of the modern competition.