Doha to host single-leg Asian Champions League final

Soccer Oct 16, 2020

Doha to host single-leg Asian Champions League final

Qatar will host the single leg final of this year's Asian Champions League in Doha on Dec. 19 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday. Like most other sports in the world, this year's Asian Champions League was suspended in March ...

Players' welfare is 'main priority,' says Asian soccer body

Soccer Oct 14, 2020

Players' welfare is 'main priority,' says Asian soccer body

Asian soccer's governing body said player welfare was its "main priority" after criticism from the global players' union that it had been slow to provide enough support since the coronavirus shutdown. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann last week said the Asian Football Confederation's engagement had ...

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 ...