May 28 – Football Federation Australia (FFA), A-League clubs and the players’ union have unveiled plans to resume the country’s premier league from mid-July, but proposals could be derailed depending on domestic broadcaster Fox Sports’ position on TV rights.
By Paul Nicholson and Andrew Warshaw
June 4 – The Asian Football Confederation says it is “committed” to completing this year’s regional Champions League after the latest round of talks with member federations.
June 3 – The Japan FA (JFA)has taken the next steps towards the launch of its first professional women’s league saying that its official name will be the ‘WE LEAGUE (Women Empowerment League)’ and unveiling the league logo.
By Paul Nicholson
May 29 – The Chinese Football Association (CFA) have slashed 11 clubs from their professional leagues, while five others have withdrawn from professional football, including last season’s Chinese Super League (CSL) side Tianjin Tianhai.
May 28 – The final AFC spot at the Tokyo 2020 women’s Olympic tournament will now be decided in February 2021 over a two-legged play-off between China and South Korea.
May 27 – With all football played behind closed doors when it returns, Japan is turning to technology to generate atmosphere by developing a smartphone app that will allow fans to cheer remotely.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 21 – The head of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee says the Saudi-led regional blockade of his country has been a “blessing in disguise” and has also vowed to ensure the tournament remains affordable to visitors despite the impact of Covid-19.
May 21 – South Korea’s professional football league has imposed a record fine on one of its clubs for using sex dolls to fill empty stands at its second game of the resumed K League season last Sunday.
May 19 – Qatar will aim to complete their domestic season by August 26, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced.
May 19 – As ingenious ways of improving the atmosphere in empty stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic goes, it wasn’t perhaps the cleverest or most obvious.
By Paul Nicholson
May 11 – One of Iraq’s most famous footballers has been appointed to the prime minister’s cabinet as Minister of Youth and Sports for the country. Adnan Dirjal, who has capped 121 times for his country and was the driving force behind the recent mass resignation of the Iraqi FA, began work in his new post at the weekend.
May 7 – There is an advantage in being first and South Korea’s Hana1Q K LEAGUE 1 is grabbing it with a the opening match of the league’s return to play on May 8 scheduled to be broadcast in 17 countries.
May 6 – On Friday, football’s spotlight will turn to South Korea and the resumption of the K-League, the first major Asian league to kick off again after the coronavirus pandemic forced the global game into shutdown. South Korea has been widely hailed for its success in combatting and containing the coronavirus.
By Paul Nicholson
April 27 – Qatar is preparing a bid for the 2027 Asian Cup, the AFC’s flagship national men’s team competition, according to local sources. The bid will put the Qataris into direct competition with Saudi Arabia who have confirmed that they will be bidding for 2027.
April 24 – Saudi Arabia is to suspend funding to sports and football clubs in an attempt to curb budget deficits amid the global coronavirus crisis, the country’s finance minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan has announced.