November 7 – The twice-shifted AFC Cup final saw an historic first win of an AFC club competition by a Lebanese club. Al Ahed defeated North Korea’s 4.25 SC 1-0 at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia.
By Andrew Warshaw
June 12 – Following in the footsteps of Serie A, Spanish authorities have confirmed that the Spanish Super Cup will be controversially played in Saudi Arabia in January next year.
November 11 – Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal will take a one-goal advantage into the second leg of the AFC Champions League final in Japan in two weeks against Urawa Red Diamonds.
November 11 – Japan took the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship beating North Korea 2-1 at the Chonburi Stadium in Thailand at the weekend.
By Paul Nicholson
November 6 – The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) is bringing back a regional club competition after a gap of 15 years with the hope, following meetings with FIFA president Gianni Infantino last week, that it could be a pathway to the expanded Club World Cup in 2021.
November 6 – The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) that will close the gender pay gap in the country has been officially announced.
November 5 – Australia’s women’s national team, The Matildas, are in the edge of securing a deal that will see them paid the same as their male counterparts, the Socceroos.
October 4 – In a move that could be interpreted in some circles as presenting a local regional challenge to China’s hopes of staging the 2034 World Cup – always a more likely scenario than 2030 – FIFA on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with the 12-strong Association of South East Asian Nations to use football to help boost social development in the region.
October 29 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has committed to expanding the number of teams in its blue riband club competition, the AFC Champions League, to 40 clubs from 2021.
October 28 – The AFC Cup 2019 Final between DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC and Al Ahed, from Lebanon, which was switched from North Korea to Shanghai, has been moved again. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will not host the final on November 4, two days later than the originally scheduled November 2 date.
October 23 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has moved the AFC Cup 2019 final from Pyongyang in North Korea to Shanghai.
By Paul Nicholson
October 22 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino, on tour in Asia on his way to the FIFA Council meeting in China later this week, has caused controversy in Mongolia following a secret meeting with former Mongolian FA president Ganbold Buyannemekh who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee for five years in 2014 for soliciting and accepting bribes.
By David Owen
October 21 – India’s Reliance Industries is mulling bidding for Indian streaming rights for the English Premier League and other top-notch sports competitions in future. Nita Ambani, a Reliance board member, told the Financial Times: “I would be very interested to get the digital rights of some of these games to be shown on digital in India.”
By Samindra Kunti
October 18 – At last, Indian football has a roadmap. After years of dragging its feet the Indian governing body, AIFF has presented a plan to establish a single league by the 2024-25 season.
October 17 – South Korea’s players say their World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang was physically brutal and included abusive language.