Kamnueng: I want an Asian female to officiate in a FIFA World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: When Pannipar Kamnueng was appointed Thailand FA’s Director of Referees Department in 2016, she became the world's first female to hold such a position in a national association.
The appointment was a testament to her pedigree as a top-quality former international referee having officiated matches in a series of FIFA women's tournaments. Successful as she was, however, Kamnueng quickly became aware of the added layer of challenges she would face.
Brave Cui’s passion for refereeing undiminished by serious health scare
Beijing: Cui Yongmei has proved there is nothing in this world which can deprive her of the love for refereeing. Not even a life-threatening event.
One of the best regarded female referees China PR has ever seen, Cui was announced to join the match officials’ team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France. Just as she was working against the clock to prepare herself for her second women's football extravaganza - she worked as an assistant referee at Canada 2015 – Cui was urgently taken to hospital at the start of last year after an unexpected heart attack.
GameChangers: Sophie Perry’s sea change, from Brighton to Bangkok
Chonburi: In early 2019 Sophie Perry played her final matches in English football. Luckily, she never retired.
In this week’s edition of our in-depth women’s football series, GameChangers, we meet the Women’s Super League veteran and Irish international, who sought to encourage a love of football in her students in Thailand and, in the process, rediscovered her own.
In more ways than one, it was a whole new ball game.
It’s My Game: Maha Janoud - Nothing is impossible in football
Kuala Lumpur: In the latest Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) ‘It’s My Game’ feature, Maha Janoud, the Head of Women’s Football in Oman Football Association (OFA), shares her inspiring rise in the sport from an amateur footballer to becoming the first woman to coach a men’s football team in West Asia.
Maha, who is also the AFC Women’s Football Committee member, started her football career in the Physical Education Institute in Syria, where like many young girls, faced several obstacles in society.
VAR ready for historic AFC Club Competitions debut tomorrow
Doha: Asian football history will be made tomorrow as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system marks its debut in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Club Competitions when Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr and Al Ahli Saudi FC battle in the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium at 4:40pm (Mecca) in Doha, Qatar.
Asian refereeing set new benchmarks earlier this year when the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 became the first AFC competition to successfully implement VAR across all 32 matches.
Now Asia’s premier club tournament will become the third AFC competition to embrace the latest in technology from the Quarter-finals after it was first introduced from the same stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) successfully conducted a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) course to prepare match officials for the implementation of the VAR system from the Quarter-final stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
This was the first time an AFC VAR course was held online as a total of 104 AFC Elite Match Officials from 19 Member Associations joined the programme from August 17 to 20.
Beirut: With women’s football becoming increasingly popular in the Arab world, it comes as no surprise to see more women taking up refereeing and officiating their games.
One woman, by the name of Doumouh Al Bakkar, has gone a step further step, however, making history by officiating several men’s games after becoming one of the leading referees of women’s football in Lebanon.