AFC President sends best wishes to Asian teams in FIFA U-17 World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has wished the AFC’s four representatives – Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Tajikistan – the very best of luck ahead of Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.
Shaikh Salman said: “The AFC’s vision has underlined our desire to ensure our teams stand proud with the world’s best and our youth teams, both men and women, continue to show remarkable signs of progress in recent years.
“All four teams have worked incredibly hard in the AFC U-16 Championship and on behalf of the AFC and Asian football family, we wish them the very best of campaigns in Brazil.
“Some of the biggest names in Asian football have proven their calibre on this stage and I am confident that our players and teams will showcase once again the incredible talent that exists on our great Continent.”
Kuala Lumpur: The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 kicks off in Brazil on Saturday with Asia represented by Japan, Tajikistan, Australia and Korea Republic.
The four, who qualified based on their finish in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018, will be aiming to emulate Saudi Arabia - the only team from Asia to have won the age-group tournament - and the-AFC.com tracks the challenges ahead.
Sydney: Australia’s U-17 head coach Trevor Morgan has named the 21 players that will represent Australia at the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.
After two years of qualifiers and competitions, domestic camps and international friendlies, Morgan has settled on the Joeys’ squad for the 24-nation tournament to be held in Brazil between October 26 and November 17.
This edition will mark Australia’s 13th participation at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the Joeys will contest Group B alongside Ecuador, Hungary, and Nigeria.
Match officials for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 appointed
Sao Paulo: With less than three months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 20 trios of match officials, five Support Referees and 17 Video Assistant Referees (VARs), representing all six Confederations.
Twelve Asian officials have been appointed for the tournament, with the contingent led by referees Khamis Al Marri from Qatar, Australia's Chris Beath and China PR's Ma Ning.
Zurich: Reigning AFC U-16 champions Japan will face USA, Senegal and Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil following the draw ceremony in Zurich on Thursday.
Japan, who defeated Tajikistan to lift the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship title in Kuala Lumpur, will fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stage in their ninth appearance in the Finals.
Tajikistan, meanwhile, were drawn in Group E with Spain, Argentina and Cameroon and the Central Asians - who will be making their second appearance in the Finals - will be eager to test themselves after their fabulous run in the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.
Kuala Lumpur: With Japan lifting the AFC U-16 Championship for the third time after defeating Tajikistan on Sunday, the-AFC.com takes a look at the teams who were dominant, impressed and showed promise.
Japan powered their way to the 2018 title, making them the most successful team in the continental competition with three championships to their name.
The young Samurai Blue also have the most top four finishes - nine in total, previously having won the title in 1994 and 2006.