Soccer Mar 10, 2020

Asian qualifiers for 2022 World Cup postponed

Upcoming Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be postponed as a safety measure in response to the coronavirus crisis, FIFA said Monday. Soccer's world governing body said it had reached an agreement with the Asian Football Confederation to push back the ...

Soccer Mar 2, 2020

Virus-hit Asian Champions League delays knockout rounds

The Asian Champions League pushed back the start of its East zone knock-out rounds on Monday after the competition was severely disrupted by the spread of COVID-19. Extra dates for group games were scheduled for May and June, shunting the round of 16, which usually ...

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Soccer Jan 19, 2020

Iran accuses AFC of bias over match-hosting ban

Iran on Sunday accused Asian soccer's governing body of bias for a proposed ban on it hosting club matches, after a spate of security incidents including the downing of an airliner. "It appears that the decision of your Competitions Committee was influenced by foreign media ...

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Soccer Jan 18, 2020

Iran's soccer federation objects Asian Champions League hosting ban

Iran's soccer federation said Friday it has been banned from hosting international matches inside the country. The "federation received a letter today from the Asian Football Confederation... announcing the decision to hold AFC Champions League matches hosted by Iranian teams in neutral countries," said a ...

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Soccer Apr 6, 2019

Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima was re-elected to the FIFA Council on Saturday by the Asian Football Confederation. Tashima was one of the seven candidates up for election by the AFC Congress for five of its six seats on the FIFA council. The 61-year-old Tashima ...

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Soccer Mar 11, 2019

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi, a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation presidency, said Monday he supports an expanded 48-team field for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Speaking to Kyodo News in Tokyo, Al-Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates said that if he wins the April ...

Makoto Hasebe voted AFC's top Asian international player

Soccer Nov 29, 2018

Makoto Hasebe voted AFC's top Asian international player

Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe was named Asian International Player of the Year on Wednesday at the Asian Football Confederation Annual Awards in Muscat. Hasebe, currently with German first-division side Eintracht Frankfurt, skippered the only Asian team to reach the knockout stage this year in ...

Soccer Nov 28, 2018

Japan backs incumbent in Asian confederation election

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima on Wednesday threw his support behind Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa's bid for re-election as Asian Football Confederation president. Tashima praised Sheikh Salman's success in developing Asian soccer "both on and off the pitch" and for promoting commercial ...