September 15 – Veteran coach Carlos Queiroz has arrived in Iran ahead of his third spell in charge of Team Melli. The Portuguese succeeds Dragan Skocic, who had qualified Iran for the World Cup.
August 25 – The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has asked FIFA to lift the federation’s suspension after control over day-to-day affairs was returned to the ruling body.
August 8 – FIFA has reminded the All India Football Federation (AIFF) that the governing body runs the risk of a ban and losing the hosting rights to the U-17 Women’s World Cup if it does not stick to an agreed roadmap to stage new elections.
May 26 – Reigning champions Iran have been drawn in Group C for the finals of the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022 on Thursday.
May 18 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino cut a quite different figure at today’s AFC Congress where he appeared (virtually) alongside the AFC president and General Secretary looking more relaxed, comfortable and confident than he has in his previous confederation congress outings over the last month.
February 21 – Asian futsal has been a solid success story with national teams competing with parity on the global level and club sides attracting fan attention across the region in the AFC’s Futsal championships.
February 7 – The AFC has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for AFC the Asian Cup China 2023 Licensing & Merchandising Programme.
January 12 – Athletic Bilbao midfielder Raul Garcia has criticised Spanish Super Cup organisers for hosting the four-team tournament in Saudi Arabia.
September 2 – Serie A giants AC Milan has unveiled a new partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai that will see the next World Expo become an Official Partner of the Rossoneri.
August 4 – The knockout draw for the AFC Cup 2021 took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier today (Wednesday).
July 4 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed dairy giant Yili as an Official Global Partner of the its national team competitions for the 2021 to 2024 rights cycle.
June 18 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has partnered with global sports streaming giants DAZN as the exclusive media rights partner in Japan to broadcast the next eight seasons of Asia’s flagship club competition, the Champions League.
May 10 – The Palestine national team had to move their training from outside to indoors last weekend after Israeli military fired tear gas grenades from the street outside their stadium.
February 24 – Australia and Qatar, the two non-South American teams due to take part in this year’s Copa America, have pulled out of the competition – the oldest in international football – because of scheduling conflicts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
By Andrew Warshaw
February 12 – One of the most controversial takeovers in Middle East football has been dashed, at least temporarily, after the Israeli FA revealed that the sale of Beitar Jerusalem to Hamad bin Khalifa al-Nahyan, a distant member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, had been called off following a probe into his finances.