Kuala Lumpur: Inspired by the International Women’s Day, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) along with 30 Member Associations (MA) in Asia celebrated the sixth AFC Women’s Football Day by organising various football activities across the Continent in March.
The rise of Asian women’s football – on and off the pitch
Kuala Lumpur: As the world marks International Women’s Day on Sunday, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continues to celebrate the contributions of women involved in the sport - and the future of Asian women’s football looks brighter than ever.
The AFC remains committed to encourage more women to work in football and the results have been overwhelming - with four women currently in the AFC Executive Committee - while six Member Associations (MA) have appointed women General Secretaries.
Jogyakarta: Tugiyati Cindy shares her amazing story of how she defied all odds and broke through barriers to achieve her dreams of representing the Indonesian national team in the latest episode of the AFC’s It’s My Game feature.
Cindy hails from a village in Gunung (Mountain) Kidul, located southeast of Jogyakarta, Indonesia, and it was in her village that she discovered the joys of playing football despite receiving strong opposition from her brother.
“I loved football the moment I joined my brother when he played the sport in primary school. In the beginning, he did not allow me to play football but asked me to cook instead because it was a rough sport. I cried then,” she recalled.
India recommended as host for AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022
Kuala Lumpur: India has been recommended as the first South Asian hosts for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 by the AFC Women’s Football Committee which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today as part of the AFC’s commitment to grow the women’s game.
It was felt that India, who will also have the experience of hosting the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup later this year, was best placed among the three bidders – Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan were the other competing candidates – to maximise the promotion of the women’s game.
The stadiums proposed by India – D Y Patil Stadium and Trans Stadia Arena – are also being used in the FIFA tournament. India was the host of the AFC Under-16 Championships in 2016 and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 and the Committee agreed the country could continue raising the standards of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
2nd AFC Women’s Futsal Coaching Instructors’ Workshop concludes in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur: Participants from across Asia benefited in the second edition of the AFC Women’s Futsal Coaching Instructors’ Workshop in Malaysia which concluded on Friday.
The course was opened by Head of AFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Ali Targholizadeh, who reiterated AFC’s determination to develop women’s futsal.
As the course was held ahead of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship Thailand 2018 in May, he added that the second championship has seen its number of participating teams increase from eight to 15, due to great response from the Member Associations.
The three-day workshop combined both theory and practical sessions, which also included idea sharing and knowledge exchange among the participants.
Asia’s grassroots advocates and Women Youth Coach of the Year honoured
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) honoured the advocates of grassroots football and the Woman Youth Coach of the Year for their contributions to the sport at the AFC Special Grassroots and Elite Women’s Youth Football Awards 2019, which was held in conjunction with the 2nd AFC Women’s Football Conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Japan’s Eiichiro Matsuki received the Best Grassroots Leader award while Paro FC from Bhutan and ISF Football Programme were conferred the Best Grassroots Club and Best Grassroots Project accolades respectively.
Meanwhile, full-time teacher Chan Shuk Chi of Hong Kong, who is an AFC-KFA Pro-Diploma license coach and current Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) U12 Girls’ team head coach, was named the Youth Coach of the Year (Female) in the award ceremony.
2nd AFC Women’s Football Conference 2019 ends on a high note
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) dedication to raising the standards of women’s football in Asia was further underlined at the 2nd AFC Women’s Football Conference 2019, which successfully ended in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
The three-day conference, with more than 70 participants from the AFC Member Associations, covered various important topics including key case studies from expert speakers from FIFA and UEFA who shared insights, ideas and future plans for the sport.
The 2nd AFC Women’s Football Conference started on a lively note with the keynote session themed ‘Dare to Dream’ setting the tone before FIFA shared its blueprint on women’s football development in Asia.