Five-substitute option extended into 2021 in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Zurich: Following the decision taken on 8 May 2020 to give competitions scheduled to be completed in 2020 the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes, The IFAB Board of Directors had agreed to review whether to extend this option further.
On the basis of this in-depth review, which included stakeholder feedback and an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on competition calendars, the IFAB Board of Directors has extended the option to competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2021 and to international competitions scheduled in July/August 2021.
Match schedule confirmed: Hosts Qatar to kick off 2022 tournament at Al Bayt Stadium
Zurich: The iconic image of FIFA World Cup champions France lifting the trophy at Luzhniki Stadium is still fresh in the memory of every football fan. Exactly two years after that historic occasion on 15 July 2018, the unveiling of the match schedule for the next edition invites the football world to dream of a new beginning – one that, now, has a precise time and place to start.
Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region, will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament on Monday 21 November 2022 at 13:00 local time (UTC +3).
The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00.
Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the playoff for third place on December 17. The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd.
Postecoglou: Winning 2015 title an amazing achievement
Kuala Lumpur: Almost a decade after joining the Asian Football Confederation, Australia won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2015 when, on home soil, the Socceroos lifted the famous trophy. Head coach Ange Postecoglou tells the-AFC.com about his team’s quest for continental glory.
It’s more than five years since Australia won their first AFC Asian Cup title, but the man who guided the Socceroos to their inaugural continental crown has yet to take the time to sit back and watch his side’s victory over Korea Republic in the final.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Pakhtakor salvage crucial comeback draw
Bishkek: An eagerly anticipated Uzbekistan Super League clash ended in an entertaining draw, while Persepolis’ unrelenting march to a fourth consecutive league title continued in Islamic Republic of Iran.
A big name coaching appointment was the story of the weekend in Tajikistan, while the Turkmenistan Football Federation mapped out the rest of the season on Monday.
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Kuala Lumpur: They are Asian football’s great managers, motivators and masterminds.
In the 64-year history of the tournament, only 16 men have won the AFC Asian Cup as a head coach, with countless other talented tacticians trying, and failing, to get their hands on Asian football’s greatest prize.
Kuala Lumpur: The fans' best XI of the 2017 AFC Champions League was decided last week, so now the-AFC.com turns to the next chapter of the Continent's most prestigious club tournament, the 2018 edition, to determine the top 11 players.
To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from the tournament to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.
We begin with five candidates for the all-important number one shirt. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite goalkeeper to helm the rearguard for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: They are the goals that made entire nations roar. The goals that turned dreams into reality. The goals we’ll never forget.
Over the last two weeks, Asia’s football fans have come together to celebrate the continent’s outstanding FIFA World Cup goals
Tens of thousands of football lovers voted them in, now, which goal will emerge from the Final as Asia’s greatest? From an initial list of 20 semi-finalists, 10 special goals remain, and the choice is in your hands.
As we marvel at some of Asia’s all-time greats, and their unforgettable moments on the biggest stage of all, make sure to cast your vote.