Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reinforced its commitment to strengthen and accelerate the development of the professional landscape in women’s club football with the implementation of the AFC Women’s Club Licensing.
The latest AFC Women’s Club Licensing criteria is part of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations (Edition 2021) following the ratification by the AFC Executive Committee in January and is expected to create a similar game-changing impact as witnessed with the Men’s Club Licensing and will focus on sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial requirements.
Sharjah’s Al Anbari lauds players’ discipline, Odisho rues Air Force Club mistakes in AFC Champions League opener
Sharjah: It was a tale of contrasting defensive performances as Sharjah FC snatched a 1-0 win over Air Force Club on Matchday One of the 2021 AFC Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
The Iraqi side were in control for extended spells of the first half but were unable to unlock Sharjah’s defence and ultimately paid the price as they came undone an hour into the proceedings with a swift counter-attack allowing Caio to find Khalid Bawazir at the far post to slot home the winner for the home side.
An opening day victory for head coach Abdulaziz Al Anbari’s men puts them in Group B’s driving seat after the earlier Matchday One fixture ended in a 3-3 draw between Pakhtakor and Tractor FC.
Taremi, Son, Azmoun and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Big-game bicycle kicks, goals from half-way and goalkeeping heroics were just some of outstanding moments produced by Asian players outside the continent over the past week, but who shone brightest of them all?
Mehdi Taremi lit up the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a goal of the season contender, while Uzbekistan’s Igor Sergeev produced a screamer of his own in a week where big names like Son, Azmoun and Kamada all starred in their respective leagues.
So, who will take this week’s crown? Take a close look at our nominees – based on performances from April 8 to 14 – and, as ever, don’t forget to register your vote.
AFC Champions League draw with Al Wehdat leaves Al Nassr's Cioroianu disappointed
Riyadh: Al Nassr assistant coach Florin Cioroianu was disappointed to see his side fail to score against a determined Al Wehdat in their opening 2021 AFC Champions League Group D tie on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr - semi-finalists last year - dominated the match with 67 percent of possession but they failed to turn their superiority into goals as Jordanian side Al Wehdat earned a historic point in their debut appearance in the group stage of the AFC Champions League.
Foolad, Al Sadd seek improvements after AFC Champions League stalemate
Riyadh: Foolad Khouzestan FC were denied a win in their 2021 AFC Champions League Group D opener against Al Sadd, but head coach Jesus Javier Noble believes the 1-1 draw will drive his inexperienced side to improve.
Foolad looked to have sealed a famous win through Brazilian striker Chimba's 61st minute goal but Al Sadd fought back and were rewarded by Boualem Khoukhi's 89th minute equaliser.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on three points at the very end, Foolad can take heart from their performance and look forward to Saturday's tie against Jordan's Al Wehdat. Al Sadd will face Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr.