Asian futsal set to soar with new AFC Futsal Club Licensing Criteria
Kuala Lumpur: Asian futsal has grown steadily in recent years with the Continent’s sides achieving success on the world’s biggest stages and the sport is poised to usher in a new chapter of development with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirming the pilot implementation of futsal club licensing beginning this year.
The AFC Futsal Club Licensing Criteria was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee in October 2021 and subsequently included as part of the annexure of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations (Edition 2021) and looks set to benefit the AFC’s Member Associations (MAs)’ efforts towards elevating the professional standards of clubs and leagues across the Continent.
Winning debut for Saudi Arabia women’s national team
Male: Saudi Arabia's women’s national team marked their international debut with a 2-0 win over Seychelles on Sunday.
On a historic day, Al Bandari Mubarak scored Saudi Arabia’s first ever international goal in the 14th minute with Maryam Al Tamimi then converting from the penalty spot four minutes into the second half to clinch the win at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives.
IR Iran crowned champions after perfect week, Kyrgyz Republic storm home to finish third
Bishkek: Islamic Republic were crowned champions of the inaugural CAFA U19 Futsal Championship on Saturday, completing a perfect week with a comprehensive 7-1 win over Uzbekistan.
The result meant Ali Sanei’s side won all four of their matches at Bishkek’s Gazprom Arena, with several future stars announcing their arrival on the international stage with a series of blistering performances against their regional rivals.
Also on Saturday, a second-half blitz saw tournament hosts Kyrgyz Republic secure a third-place finish with a 5-2 victory of Tajikistan, who were consigned to last place in the five-team event.