August 3 – Former England captain Terry Butcher has quit as Philippines head coach after just 50 days before he had taken charge of a single match.
August 7 – Four months after stepping into a festering internal dispute among Australia’s football stakeholders, a FIFA working group has come up with a proposed solution to the impasse.
August 6 – In a first not just for football but also for geopolitics, Iraq broke new ground on Saturday by playing its first-ever match in the Palestinian territories, beating the home side 3-0 in a friendly.
August 3 – Will they or won’t they? Conflicting reports have emerged over whether Iraq have been withdrawn from the football tournament at this month’s Asian Games in Jakarta.
August 3 – German sportswear company Adidas is cutting ties with the Iranian national team ahead of next year’s Asian Cup, following in the footsteps of rival Nike because of increasing geopolitical uncertainty in the region.
July 30 – Tickets for one of the most eagerly-anticipated spectacles in world football – the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 – are now available at the-afc.com.
July 25 – China’s Suning Sports, part of the Suning group of companies that owns Italy’s Internazionale, is moving more aggressively into the sports business with a find raising reported to have raised $600 million.
July 17 – With the Russia 2018 World Cup ending and focus rapidly switching to Qatar 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa has promised “the football world a truly memorable Arabic welcome.”
July 3 – Football Federation Australia (FFA), locked in a battle over money and control with its senior professional clubs, is coming under fire from its grassroots after a decision to raise registration fees for amateur and youth players.
July 2 – China’s Ministry of Education – which has been in charge of schools and university football development since 2014 – has updated the results of its national campus football project, revealing that there are now more than 20,200 specialist football academies across the country.
June 28 – Ticket sales have opened for the AFC’s blue riband national team competition, the Asian Cup, to be played in the UAE in early 2019. The expanded tournament has opened up group ticket sales reporting strong interest from local businesses.
By David Owen
June 16 – Iran ended eight years of Asian hurt at the World Cup finals in St Petersburg on Friday, cashing in on Aziz Bouhaddouz’s stoppage time own goal to record a hard-fought 1-0 win over Morocco.
June 14 – While focus is firmly on Russia 2018 for the next month, it will soon switch to Qatar and the 2022 World Cup, and the preparations in-country for the first finals tournament to be held in Winter.
By Paul Nicholson
June 13 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has secured a huge uplift in revenue for its commercial rights, landing a potentially $4 billion-plus deal with specially formed DDMC Fortis after an 15-month tender process.
By Samindra Kunti
May 30 – In a confidential report the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC, has recommended a unified domestic Indian football league to replace the concurrent Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Indian clubs face exclusion from the continental club competitions if they don’t comply with the recommendations.