Dubai: May marks the start of a new AFC Cup™ campaign with the 2022 group stage in the West and South Zones kicking-off on the 18th of the month across four venues in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and India.
This will be the second season in a row the competition takes place in centralised format as the AFC continues to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The-AFC.com profiles each of the four host cities.
Jordan test for Australia ahead of FIFA World Cup™ - Asian Playoff
Sydney: Australia will tune up for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ playoffs in Doha with an international friendly against Jordan in Qatar on June 1.
The international friendly, which will be played six days before Australia’s Asian Playoff, will provide the Socceroos with a great opportunity to prepare ahead of the team’s crunch clash with United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 7.
India continue preparations in Kolkata ahead of China 2023 Qualifiers
Kolkata: India have kicked off the second phase of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round in Kolkata.
After a two-week training camp in Bellary, head coach Igor Stimac and 41 players arrived in Kolkata on Monday where they will continue their groundwork before hosting their Group D rivals at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium.
Melbourne City secure second consecutive A-League Premiers
Melbourne: Two first half goals against Wellington Phoenix saw Melbourne City edge Melbourne Victory to claim their second consecutive A-League Premiers at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Monday.
Jamie Maclaren doubled Melbourne City’s tally after a Sam Sutton own goal with Ben Waine scoring a consolation for Wellington Phoenix in the second half to seal top spot and a place in next season's AFC Champions League™ group stage as Melbourne Victory finished a frustrating single point behind their local rivals.
The duo, together with another Melbourne side Western United, will all take part in the A-League Finals Series along with Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix.
Saudi Arabia to kick off FIFA World Cup™ preparations with friendlies
Jeddah: Following the euphoria of Saudi Arabia’s qualification to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, head coach Herve Renard has scheduled preparations for the Finals with two preparatory camps in June and September.
With their place in Qatar 2022 already secured, the Green Falcons defeated Australia 1-0 to take top spot in Group B, finishing their qualification campaign on a winning note in front of a packed King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah.
Renard’s men, who finished the group with 23 points from 10 games, one point ahead of Japan, will be put through a series of four friendlies ahead of the World Cup in November.