London: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Sportradar – the world’s leading supplier of sports integrity solutions – on Thursday renewed one of the longest standing integrity partnerships in world sport through to the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Under the agreement, Sportradar will continue to support the AFC Integrity Unit with the Intelligence and Investigation Services (I&I) which have proved vital in the fight against match-fixing in the region.
Starting in 2013, the AFC and Sportradar have created a formidable integrity partnership which has been defined by the identification of and strong action against match-fixing, which has seen the AFC Integrity Unit become one of the global leaders in sports integrity.
National Sports Medicine Centre - NSIM joins AFC Medical Centre of Excellence
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continued its efforts to widen the network of world-class medical centres by recognising the National Sports Medicine Centre - National Sports Institute (NSIM) of Malaysia as part of the AFC Medical Centre of Excellence.
NSIM will now be part of seven established medical centres under the AFC Medical Centre of Excellence which was launched in 2018 to provide better healthcare for footballers in Asia while looking at ways to improve sports medicine research.
Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers – Group B moved to Nanjing
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has agreed to the proposal by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to move the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round - Group B from Wuhan to Jiangning Football Training Centre in Nanjing in the People’s Republic of China.
The date of the tournament – involving China PR, Australia, Chinese Taipei and Thailand – are unchanged and will be played from February 3 to 9, 2020.
The top two sides will qualify for the play-off – on a home and away basis – against the top two teams from Group A – Korea Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam – for the final two places, alongside hosts Japan, at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Referee Academy programme continues to educate potential match officials, with the initiative benefitting more than 100 aspiring referees from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Member Associations since 2017.
With the aim of producing more world-class match officials, participants undergo a structured programme focused on practical, theoretical, classroom sessions, technical education and fitness. They are also educated on the latest amendments to the Laws of the Game.
It was a successful year in 2019 with Batch 2017 completing five modules of the Intermediate Level, while Batch 2018 underwent the full Introductory Level and kicked off the first module of the Intermediate Level from December 8 to 12, 2019.
AFC Executive Committee enhances future AFC Asian Cups
Hong Kong: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment towards upgrading its competitions to the highest possible levels continued at the AFC Executive Committee meeting in Hong Kong on Sunday with further measures aimed at enhancing the AFC Asian Cup.
Chaired by the AFC President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Executive Committee agreed that the hosts for the future AFC Asian Cups should be given more preparation time in the future – with the 2027 hosts being appointed as soon as possible.
The AFC President said: “At the AFC 29th Congress in Paris, we chose the People’s Republic of China as the next hosts of the AFC Asian Cup in 2023. And I know that China PR will deliver a world class event – in keeping with the stature of the AFC Asian Cup.
AFC strengthens partnership with Regional Associations
Paris: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee on Sunday approved the appointment of representatives from Asia’s three Regional Associations as co-opted members on the AFC Executive Committee.
Meeting in Paris, the AFC Executive Committee, approved the appointment of Mr Kanatbek Mamatov (Kyrgyz Republic) from the Central Asian Football Association. Mr Anura De Silva (Sri Lanka) will represent the South Asian Football Federation with Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung (Thailand) assuming the co-opted seat for the ASEAN Football Federation.
The representatives from the East Asian Football Federation and West Asian Football Federation will be decided at a later date. The term of office for all the co-opted Executive Committee members from the Regional Associations is from 2019 until the 30th AFC Ordinary Congress, which will be held in 2020.