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 ...

Soccer Jun 9, 2017

Asian Football Confederation suspends, fines three Jeju United players

The Asian Football Confederation said Friday that three Jeju United players have been suspended and fined over a post-match brawl that marred the South Korean club's Asian Champions League round-of-16, second-leg match against Urawa Reds last month. The AFC's disciplinary committee ordered Cho Yong-hyung to ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 1, 2017

Reds to file protest over Jeju's conduct

The Urawa Reds plan to file a protest to the Asian Football Confederation over Jeju United players' aggressive behavior in a post-match brawl at Saitama Stadium, the J. League team said on Thursday. The Reds claimed a 3-0 extra-time victory over Jeju Wednesday night to ...

Soccer May 13, 2017

Frontale question AFC punishment

Kawasaki Frontale officials said Friday they sent a letter to the Asian Football Confederation seeking an explanation on why it punished the club last week after fans raised a controversial wartime Japanese flag during a Asian Champions League match in South Korea. Depending on the ...

Soccer / J. League May 4, 2017

Asian Football Confederation places Frontale on one-year probation

Kawasaki Frontale were fined $15,000 and placed on one-year probation by the Asian Football Confederation on Thursday after their fans raised a controversial wartime Japanese flag during a recent Asian Champions League match in South Korea. If the flag reappears during its probationary period, Kawasaki ...

Soccer / J. League Apr 27, 2017

AFC charges Frontale with discrimination

The Asian Football Confederation on Thursday charged Kawasaki Frontale with discrimination after their fans raised a controversial wartime Japanese flag during a midweek Asian Champions League match in South Korea. According to article 58.3 of the AFC's disciplinary and ethics code, a team would face ...

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

Soccer / 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 extra ...