AFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee approves new competition dates
Kuala Lumpur: Several key proposals shaping the future of Asia’s elite Futsal & Beach Soccer competitions were approved, as Chairperson Mehdi Taj oversaw the 1st Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal & Beach Soccer Committee meeting held online on Tuesday.
The Committee agreed to the proposal to move the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2021 from March 18 to 28 to April 28 to May 8 to allow Asia’s top 16 teams more time to prepare for the tournament, which also serves as the qualifiers for the Continent’s top three sides to represent Asia in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 in August.
AFC reiterates commitment to expand the impact of ‘fan-first’ strategy
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) commitment to confirm football as the Continent’s number one sport, as outlined in its Vision and Mission, was further emphasised at the second meeting of the AFC Media and Communications Committee for the term 2019-2023 held online on Monday.
Chaired by Ganbaatar Amgalanbaatar, the Committee recognised remarkable progress of the ‘fan-first’ digital strategy, which has seen the engagement figures of the AFC’s digital platforms in 2020 surpass those achieved in 2019 – which also included the AFC Asian Cup record total engagement of 890.2 million.
AFC Technical Committee approves enhanced Grassroots Charter and Elite Youth Scheme
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Technical Committee emphasised the importance of developing the next generation of Asian football players when it recommended an enhanced Grassroots Charter and the Elite Youth Scheme to the AFC Executive Committee’s next meeting.
The Committee also took important steps to protect as well as continue the improvement of the coaching standards in Asia by replacing the process of the AFC’s approval criteria of coaches at all levels of the game.
AFC Referees Committee underlines continued support to Asia’s match officials
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referees Committee praised the progress of Asian refereeing and reinforced its commitment to ensure the continued development of AFC match officials at its second meeting today.
In a virtual meeting, chaired by His Excellency (HE) Du Zhaocai, the AFC Referees Committee hailed the successful implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which marked its debut in the AFC Club Competitions from the Quarter-final stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) in September.
AFC Development Committee reinforces the unity and solidarity of MAs
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Development Committee today praised the Asian football family for demonstrating great unity during the COVID-19 pandemic and for standing together in solidarity amidst this period of uncertainty.
In a virtual meeting, chaired by Kanya Keomany, the AFC Development Committee unanimously agreed on the importance of ensuring that the AFC is in the best possible position to assist and protect its Member Associations in the long-term.
AFC Club Licensing Task Force agree to raise standards with new regulations
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) commitment towards strengthening the professional landscape of Asian football was further underlined after the AFC Club Licensing Task Force approved the revisions to the AFC Club Licensing Regulations at its first meeting held online today.
Chaired by Hamad Mohamed Aljneibi, the Task Force noted the incredible progress of the Club Licensing Regulations despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while recognising the need to introduce more progressive steps to enhance the professional development of clubs.
AFC conducts AFC Champions League (East) medical briefing
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) organised a virtual briefing for team doctors, physiotherapist, officials from participating clubs and COVID-19 officers on Thursday to discuss the health guidelines put in place for the centralised AFC Champions League (East) which begins on November 18 in Doha, Qatar.
The session was conducted to brief medical personnel on the Medical Guidelines that cover the precautionary measures and explain the bio-secure bubble which controls and limits the movements of players and officials for the duration of the competition.