Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

Jan 11, 2017

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the ...

Feb 18, 2016

AFC puts weight behind Salman bid

The Asian Football Confederation has urged its member countries to unite behind the body’s current chief Sheikh Salman in the Feb. 26 election for the FIFA presidency. Richard Lai, the AFC’s marketing committee chairman, told a meeting of the member associations on Wednesday that ...

Miyama receives AFC Women's Player of Year honor for third time

Dec 24, 2015

Miyama receives AFC Women's Player of Year honor for third time

Nadeshiko Japan captain Aya Miyama was named the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Player of the Year on Thursday for the third time. At the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the 30-year-old scored twice and added two assists to lead Japan to the final, where ...

Japan cleans house at AFC awards

Nov 30, 2015

Japan cleans house at AFC awards

Japan cleaned up at the Asian Football Confederation awards on Sunday, winning a total of seven honors including women’s national team of the year. Nadeshiko Japan were recognized for reaching their second consecutive Women’s World Cup final while Asako Takakura was named the top ...

Nov 25, 2015

South Korean duo short-listed for AFC award

South Korean pair Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yueng and Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo were short-listed on Wednesday for the Asian Football Confederation’s International Player of the Year award. Luongo was named Player of the Tournament as Australia beat South Korea to win the Asian ...

Apr 30, 2015

Tashima picked for FIFA executive committee

Japan Football Association vice president Kozo Tashima was named to the FIFA executive committee on Thursday by the Asian Football Confederation Congress. It was the second time Tashima was up for election for the FIFA seat. Four years ago, he fell short of the ...

Mar 10, 2015

UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup

The Asian Football Confederation selected the United Arab Emirates over a bid from Iran to host the 2019 continental champions at its meeting Monday in Manama. The Asian Cup, which was hosted and won by Australia in January, will be expanded from 16 to ...

Dec 4, 2014

U-23 Asian Championship draw held

Japan has been drawn in Group I with Malaysia, Vietnam and Macao for the preliminaries of the Under-23 Asian Championship, which doubles as qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The draw for the 10 groups, A to J, was held at the ...

Nov 21, 2014

Okudera, Sawa inducted into AFC Hall of Fame

Homare Sawa, who served as Nadeshiko Japan captain when it won the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and Yasuhiko Okudera, who became the first Japanese to play pro soccer in Europe, were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederation’s ...