June 19 – With the Gulf diplomatic crisis continuing, reports suggest Saudi Arabia plans to set up new TV channels to challenge the regional dominance of Qatar’s BeIN Sports which is banned in the country, but is the dominant regional player in the sports rights market holding most of the key international league and national team properties.
June 23 – Like the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has issued a warning and request to members to “respect the principle of political neutrality” in football, referring to the current Gulf crisis and the upheaval it could cause in the region’s club and national team competitions.
By Samindra Kunti
June 23 – In perhaps the biggest European-focussed step by China’s football sector to date, next season could see China’s national U20’s team play in the German fourth division.
June 21 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ease the plight of refugees within the AFC region with the first joint pilot project under the agreement being the support of the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.
By Paul Nicholson
June 15 – Chinese clubs looking to buy overseas players face a new 100% tax rule on all new acquisitions. Super League clubs were officially informed of the new regulation yesterday, the Chinese transfer window opens on Monday (June 19).
June 14 – Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran with goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi.
June 13 – The Indian Super League announced on Monday that Tata Steel Limited & JSW Group have won the bids for the two new franchise teams for the next season. The decision means JSW Group owned Bengaluru, one of the strongest teams in the rival I-league, will now join the ISL which will expand from eight to ten teams.
June 13 – Australia is to launch a bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after the country’s federal government has pledged its support to stage the tournament.
By Mark Baber
June 13 – As China continues to increase its investments in football, at home and abroad, Wednesday’s meeting between President Xi Jinping and FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Beijing has ignited speculation on a potential Chinese World Cup bid for 2030.
June 9 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has moved swiftly to suspend Malaysian Mohd Farizal Bin Marlias for 12 months and fine him $40,000 after a violent conduct incident in an AFC Cup. The AFC have re-issued their warning that they have a zero tolerance policy on abuse towards match officials.
June 9 – Saudi football officials have apologised after their national team failed to properly observe one minute’s silence for victims of the recent London terrorist attack before the start of Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia.
By Samindra Kunti
June 8 – Defining a single structure for professional league football in India remains a work in progress after a meeting between officials of the AFC and stakeholders in the Indian game agreed to a road map of further research and discussion towards a long term league solution.
By Andrew Warshaw
June 8 – The diplomatic rift between Qatar and a number of other Arab countries has made further incursions into football, forcing venue changes in the Asian Champions League.
June 7 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has rebranded its top two club competitions – the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup – with a redesign.
By Paul Nicholson
May 31 – The strength of football in Iran was out evident again at the weekend when the Iranian football federation (FFIRI) held its second Islamic Republic of Iran National Grassroots Conference in conjunction with the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Grassroots Football Day with more than 600 grassroots coaches and managers from across the country present.