August 2 – The vice-president of the Chinese Football Association says his country is going to need time to develop a credible national team after making mistakes “in the last 10 or 20 years.”
By Mark Baber
August 15 – Widespread reports that Iran had banned two members of the national squad for breaking the sporting boycott of Israel were refuted by the Iranian FA at the weekend in a letter to FIFA, according to the Iranian Student News Agency.
August 11 – The entire future of the game in Australia hangs in the balance after talks on establishing a new governance model broke down despite a FIFA delegation flying Down Under to try and sort out the impasse.
August 8 – The bitter internal dispute between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Australia’s A-League clubs reaches a pivotal stage this week as a joint FIFA-Asian Football Confederation delegation arrives for talks aimed at resolving the impasse.
By Samindra Kunti
August 2 – New rules have been passed to allow Indian I-League clubs as many as six overseas players for the upcoming season. The aim is to raise the profile and the attractiveness of the struggling league.
August 1 – The growth of Futsal in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) region was re-emphasised as the AFC Futsal Club Championship Vietnam 2017 drew to a close at the weekend with Bluewave Chonburi taking the title in Ho Chi Minh.
July 28 – The world players’ union FIFPro wants to create a member association in China amid concerns about overdue payments.
July 28 – Australia’s leading clubs are demanding that the country’s FA (Football Federation Australia) opens its books to disclose the financial records surrounding the failed 2022 World Cup bid.
July 27 – Ten of the 13 Chinese Super League clubs threatened with being banned next season say they have cleared their debts.
By Paul Nicholson
July 26 – A study by Football Benchmark of the commercial revenue opportunity for the Chinese Super League concludes that even though the focus is on big money transfers and grassroots development, there is significant room for revenue growth for clubs in the more traditional areas of business.
July 26 – The Chinese Super League has been plunged into potential chaos after 13 clubs were ordered to clear debts on transfers and pay outstanding wages or risk being banned from next season.
July 26 – Qatar will be allowed to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2022 World Cup despite being given an automatic berth in the finals as tournament hosts in order to be able to take part in the Asian Cup the following year.
July 26 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has boosted its management education for members as it launches its second and third editions of the Football Administration Certificate (FAC) programme for member associations.
July 25 – Bayern Munich’s Football School Shenzhen has been officially launched by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Uli Hoeness in the southern Chinese city.
July 14 – Having initially rejected a move to China because of the terms of the deal, French striker Anthony Modeste has become the first big name European signing of the Chinese Super League’s close season transfer window after Bundesliga side Cologne announced his departure to Tianjin Quanjian for a reported €35 million.