AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers draw reveals path to Finals for teams
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s futsal stars discovered their challengers following the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers virtual draw ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
With host nation Kuwait already assured of a place in the tournament, the 30 participating Member Associations (MAs) were divided into the East and West Zones while the Central and South Zones were combined.
For the combined Central and South Zones, 12-time champions Islamic Republic of Iran were drawn in Group A alongside Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Maldives. Four-time runners-up Uzbekistan will face Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Nepal in Group B.
In the East Zone, three-time champions Japan will have China PR and Mongolia for company in Group A, while Chinese Taipei, Korea Republic and Hong Kong are in Group B.
AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers draw to reveal path to Continental glory
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s futsal stars will discover their path to the Continent’s biggest futsal prize when the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers virtual draw ceremony is held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, January 6 at 3pm (GMT+8).
The road to the Finals will become clear for the qualifiers, who will compete to be among the 16 teams, including hosts Kuwait, at the Continent’s flagship futsal event.
Latest update on AFC Futsal Championship and AFC U23 Asian Cup
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), after discussions with the Kuwait Football Association and all relevant parties, has decided to further postpone the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 and it will now be held in 2021.
The decision was confirmed after taking careful consideration of the safety and well-being of all Participating Teams and stakeholders and in response to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Kuwait.
The new dates for the Competition and other related matters and information will be communicated in due course.
Additionally, the AFC also notes the Chinese Football Association’s (CFA) decision to withdraw from hosting the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 due to scheduling conflicts, stadium completion timelines ahead of other international events and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AFC will now reopen the invitation to host the final Competitions of the 2022 and 2024 editions of the AFC U23 Asian Cup.
AFC rebrands age group championships to AFC Asian Cups
Kuala Lumpur: The growing reputation and prestige of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) competitions have been reflected by a revamping and rebranding of the AFC age group championships to become AFC Asian Cups from 2021.
At the same time the AFC Futsal Championship, AFC Women’s Futsal Championship, AFC U-20 Futsal Championship and AFC Beach Soccer Championship will also become AFC Asian Cups after the AFC Executive Committee ratified a recent decision by the AFC Marketing Committee.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “We believe the change reflects the new stature of the competitions and by further strengthening the brand and commercial value of our competitions, there will be significant benefits for the AFC and its Member Associations.
Tayebi cautions Iran against underestimating Asian rivals
Lisbon: Islamic Republic of Iran star Hossein Tayebi has warned his teammates not to take their opponents lightly as they prepare to defend their title at the AFC Futsal Championship 2020 in November.
Iran are the most successful side in AFC Futsal Championship history, having won 12 of the 15 previous editions of the competition, with three-time champions Japan the only other nation to have lifted the trophy.
AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 postponed
Kuala Lumpur: Following consultation with all relevant stakeholders, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has taken the decision to postpone the AFC Futsal Championship which was scheduled for Turkmenistan between February 26 and March 8, 2020.
This move was taken because of concerns about the current Coronavirus situation and in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participating teams and stakeholders. The AFC will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and new competition dates will be announced when the situation stabilises.
Ashgabat: Turkmenistan head coach Robert Grdovic was cautiously optimistic after his side discovered their group stage opponents for the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 on Friday.
The tournament hosts will need to navigate a group featuring Vietnam, Tajikistan and tournament debutants Oman if they are to advance to the knockout stage on home court in Ashgabat after all four sides were drawn in Group A at Ashgabat’s Olympia Hotel.
Grdovic, a former Croatian international who has led Turkmenistan’s national team since March, isn’t expecting any easy matches in the Continental Finals, but believes his side will arrive ready to compete strongly.