January 13 – The surge of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the “unique circumstances” around the Qatar 2022 World Cup dates have forced the Asian Football Confederation to push back its Champions League (ACL) 2022 schedule with the final now moving from October 2022 into February 2023.
By Samindra Kunti
January 20 – China got the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup underway with a convincing 4-0 victory over Taipei in the tournament’s curtain-raiser. The continent’s premier women’s competition, expanded with this Indian edition, will double as qualification for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
January 17 – Saudi Arabia’s AFC Champions League title holders Al Hilal will again open their defense of their title in the same group as Tajikistan’s Istiklol in the Group Stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.
January 17 – Football Australia has issued a ‘show cause notice’ to A-League club Melbourne Victory following homophobic chanting by supporters in a match against Adelaide United on January 13.
January 13 – Paris Saint-Germain have called off their winter camp in Qatar and friendly in Saudi Arabia because of the rise of coronavirus infections in France.
January 13 – Both the Asian Football Confederation and the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Heritage Programme have launched historical retrospectives of the women’s game in their regions that chart its development and highlight its pioneers.
January 13 – The Asian Football Confederation has launched its first-ever AFC Child Safeguarding Policy.
January 12 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is gathering its national association general secretaries in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for their annual conference that begins tomorrow (Thursday).
January 10 – Amnesty International is calling on the four clubs involved in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia this week to take a stand over women’s rights and equality issues.
January 7 – Top Iranian sides Iran sides Persepolis and Esteghlal have been kicked out of the Asian Champions League after having their licenses withdrawn by the Asian Football Confederation.
By Paul Nicholson
January 5 – Fears that the Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 could be postponed have been allayed by the AFC who are confident in the security of their coronavirus bubbles around teams and officials.
January 4 – India’s second-tier I-League has been suspended for six weeks at least, after a new coronavirus outbreak among some teams.
January 4 – The AFC will get straight into its new competition season this week with a 31-nation draw on Thursday (6 January) for the confederation’s Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022, a competition that has missed a cycle due to the pandemic.
December 30 – Chinese authorities have banned national team players from sporting tattoos in order to set a “good example for society” – and will kick them out if they don’t oblige.
December 30 – Syria will continue to play their home matches in Qatar 2022 qualifying at neutral venues, including the crucial upcoming game against South Korea on February 1 which will likely decide the World Cup fates of both nations.