April 30 – Political unrest in the country has forced the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) to pull out its two clubs – Hantharwady United FC and Shan United FC – from the 2021 AFC Cup and AFC Champions League, respectively.
May 4 – The AFC completed the group stages of its The 2021 Champions League (West) last Friday with a number of last minute surprises that saw some of the region’s biggest clubs miss out on Round of 16 slots in what was an exciting end to group play.
May 4 – North Korea have reportedly withdrawn from the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup because of fears over the Covid-19 pandemic.
April 30 – The Chinese Football Association has signed a wide ranging deal with Spain-based Mediapro Group to commercialise its top three leagues for the next three seasons – 2021 to 2023.
April 28 – Algeria and Egypt’s pairing in Group D on Wednesday headlined the draw for the FIFA Arab Cup, a tournament that will serve as the official dress rehearsal in December for 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.
April 28 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Technical Committee has proposed a series of several enhancements to its coaching activities and certification following the AFC Coaching Convention, which completed today.
April 27 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has increased distribution in Africa of its major competitions with the announcement of StarTimes as its new media partner in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2021.
April 26 – Japan’s J-league will revert to playing matches behind closed doors following a state of emergency being announced in the country that is due to host the Olympic Games this summer.
April 26 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has given itself a week’s breathing space in the calendar for its AFC Cup ASEAN Zone group stages, its club competition focussed on emerging clubs.
April 22 – Japanese sports marketing giant Dentsu has renewed its deal with The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), continuing as its commercial partner for the 2021-24 rights cycle.
April 21 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has partnered with PPV and subscription-based digital broadcast platform Fanseat in eight European territories.
April 16 – The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has lodged a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) against the Iranian club Persepolis for their social media behaviour, which the Indians called “unjustified aggression”.
April 15 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has taken the next steps in outlining a club licensing pathway for women’s clubs, with a view to establishing a meet the requirements for participation in the AFC Women’s Champions League in 2023.
April 15 – Australia’s Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has signed a four-year partnership to become the official naming rights partner and bank of the national women’s team, the Matildas, Junior Matildas and Young Matildas from August 2021.
By Samindra Kunti
April 14 – Tonight a new iteration of the AFC Champions League kicks off with 20 teams in the Western Zone getting their campaigns under way, in an expanded championship with all eyes on Qatari champions Al Sadd, led by coach Xavi Hernandez, and Indian debutants FC Goa.