AFC Women's Football Day celebrated across the Continent
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and its Member Associations (MAs) will celebrate the 7th AFC Women’s Football Day today by launching a series of exciting activities focused on growing the passion for football as well as paying tribute to the contributions of medical frontliners.
Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, 34 MAs have pledged to join the annual celebrations with fun-filled initiatives including tournaments, workshops and webinars, while putting in place strict hygiene protocols and health regulations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Bai: All-round development is key for female players
Kuala Lumpur: Ludwig van Beethoven once spoke of “seizing fate by the throat”. A little less than two centuries have elapsed since the great musician's death but his words continue to resonate among people facing up to adversity – footballers included. Notable among then is former China PR international Bai Lili, who has shaped a new destiny for herself after her playing career was brought to a cruel and abrupt end by a serious ligament injury.
It happened during the national team’s title-winning campaign at the 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup. A central figure in coach Ma Liangxing's starting line-up, Bai excelled throughout as China stormed into the last four, where they edged holders Korea DPR 1-0. That game, however, proved to be her last.
Keomany: “I hope more Asian teams will raise the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy”
Kuala Lumpur: Kanya Keomany, the Lao Football Federation (LFF) General Secretary, shares her inspiring story of breaking through barriers and creating history as a woman in Asian football in the latest episode of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) hugely popular “It’s My Game”.
Keomany has experienced a wide range of responsibilities in the last decade in football but being appointed as the first female match commissioner for the 2019 AFC Cup Final remains her proudest achievement.
“It was a great experience,” said Keomany, who was also selected by FIFA and the AFC to manage the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers.
GameChangers: Wang Shuang – From Paris pioneer to hero of Wuhan
Beijing: From taking on the world in 2019 to being confined to her apartment in 2020, Wang Shuang has experienced ups and downs that even a player blessed with her vision couldn’t have seen coming.
But despite missing their biggest international matches of the year during a two-month lockdown, China PR’s playmaker will still end 2020 as a champion.
In the latest edition of the-AFC.com’s GameChangers series, China’s star midfielder opens up on leading her city to a priceless league title, and what she learned from being the only Chinese player in one of the world’s biggest leagues.
Female coaches and participants benefit from the online workshops of MAs
Kuala Lumpur: The Japan Football Association (JFA) and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) underlined their commitment to women’s football development in their respective intensive online workshops held on Monday.
With the aim of strengthening the popularity of women’s football in Japan and developing female coaches for the newly established women’s league - Japan Women’s Empowerment Professional Football League (WE League), JFA initiated the Associate-Pro (A-Pro) License Coaching Course for female coaches to enhance their capabilities.
Progress of Asian Women's Football comes under the spotlight in virtual workshop
Singapore: Women’s football professionals from leading international federations and top leagues shared their insights on how women’s football in Asia continues to develop despite the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the webinar titled “Changing the game: Growing Women’s Football in Asia in the lead up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup” on Thursday.
Designed and dedicated to promote the women’s game and to facilitate knowledge exchange, the webinar, which was organised by the Portas Asia Consulting (Portas), was divided into two sections – the Growth of Women’s Football: The European Story as well as the Panel discussion: Growing the game within Asia-Pacific federations.
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.