Dates for expanded AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ have today confirmed that the upcoming edition of Asia’s most prestigious women’s tournament will take place from January 20 to February 6.
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ is primed to surpass all expectations and celebrate several new milestones for women’s football in the Continent following the success of the 2018 edition in Jordan, which was widely-acclaimed as a breakthrough tournament after it was held in the West Zone for the first time.
Gucci, Iwabuchi and Al Mawas: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: Reza Ghoochannejhad turned back the clock, Mana Iwabuchi displayed her considerable talent to a new audience and Mahmoud Al Mawas struck a blow for Syrian footballers in Europe.
In the middle of the European winter, it rained goals; This week’s 10 nominees piled on a total of 13 between them, with regular final third predators Mehdi Taremi and Sam Kerr joined on the scoresheet by the likes of Maya Yoshida and Milad Mohammadi.
But who deserves the crown of the best player outside the Asian continent for matches from January 21 to 27?
Study the shortlist, and don’t forget to cast your vote!
Ali Afif: Al Duhail can reach the FIFA Club World Cup final
Doha: Al Duhail SC front man Ali Afif is all set to grace the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in his career. His first appearance in the competition came 10 years ago, when he played for Al Sadd SC, the then AFC Champions League winners.
Afif was only 23 when he ran out at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011, having made a big contribution to Al Sadd’s second continental title, playing eight matches in their victorious AFC Champions League campaign.
Though he missed Al Sadd’s first two matches in the competition – a 2-1 win over Esperance Sportive de Tunis and a 4-0 semi-final defeat to Barcelona – he came on for the last 18 minutes of the match for third place against host team Kashiwa Reysol, a game Al Sadd won 5-3 on penalties.
The Asian Football Quiz - AFC Champions League Edition
Kuala Lumpur: Think you know all there is on Asian football? As we count down to the 2021 AFC Champions League draw on Wednesday, take our quiz below to see how much you know about the continent's premier club competition!
DID YOU KNOW?
The official 2021 AFC Champions League and 2021 AFC Cup draw is scheduled to take place in a virtual ceremony on January 27, 2021 in Malaysia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm (local time) respectively.
Both club competitions will see a record number of clubs competing in 2021 with two additional groups – one each for the East and West Regions – included in this season’s AFC Champions League Group Stage, which has been expanded from 32 to 40 clubs.
Similarly, the number of clubs in the 2021 Group Stage of the ever-growing AFC Cup may rise to 39 clubs from 36 in the last edition in 2019, with a newly-introduced Group for the Central Zone.