ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Buriram edge clear in Thailand
Kuala Lumpur: With the majority of leagues across the ASEAN region having finished for the 2019 campaign or are on a break due to the upcoming international fixtures, there was little by way of action over the past weekend.
However, Thai League 1 had a full schedule of midweek games last week, while matches also took place in both Indonesia and the Philippines.
Beirut: There were more woes for Al Sadd SC as, just days after their 4-1 defeat in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-finals, they suffered their first loss of the season in the 2019-20 Qatar Stars League.
There were no such worries for Al Hilal SFC - Al Sadd's 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final opponents - as they continued their superb start to the Saudi Pro League with a 4-1 win over Al Ettifaq to stay top of the standings.
Defending UAE Pro League champions Sharjah also maintained their perfect start to the season. the-AFC.com reviews the domestic action across West Asia.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Dordoi’s dream week, Esteghlal up and running
Kuala Lumpur: Dordoi FC completed a hugely successful week in the Kyrgyz Premier League, while Tehran giants Esteghlal FC ended a six-game wait for their first win of the season in Islamic Republic of Iran.
Elsewhere, Tajikistan champions FC Istiklol suffered a first league defeat, while the race to avoid relegation became more perilous for Uzbekistan’s Dinamo Samarkand, who fell to the bottom of the table after yet another defeat.
Join the-AFC.com as we cover all the key results from Istaravshan to Issyk-Kul and beyond.
East Asia Domestic Wrap: New leaders in Japan, thrilling race in K League
Kuala Lumpur: For the first time since mid-April, the J.League has a new team in first place, while the top two in Korea Republic both dropped points to keep things tight in the run-in for the 2019 title.
The majority of the leagues in East Asia did not see action over the weekend, but there was plenty to savour in the Japanese and Korean domestic ties, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures in East Asia.
New AFC Scholarship scheme supports five Asian candidates in the 20th edition of the FIFA Master
Kuala Lumpur: The five Asian candidates, who were selected to study at the world-renowned FIFA Master Programme 2019-2020 edition, have begun their once-in-a-lifetime journey, which was made possible by the scholarship scheme between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Centre International d’Etude du Sports (CIES).
As beneficiaries of the AFC Solidarity Fund, Tyson Scott (AUS), Rishab Kapur (IND), Han Bits-yi (KOR), Mahmoud Qaraqra (PLE) and Michael Kevin Goco (PHI), who were all endorsed by their respective Member Associations, will spend the next three months at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, for the Humanities of Sport module at the university’s renowned International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
In January, the class will then move to Italy to study Sports Management at Milan’s SDA Bocconi School of Management. Following the completion of this module, the class will finally transfer to Switzerland where they will be taught Sports Law at the University of Neuchâtel for the final module of the year.
The scholarships are part of the AFC’s commitment to enhance the capability of staff from the AFC’s Member Associations and were announced by the AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa at the 28th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur last October.