‘Age of Asia’: Shaikh Salman hails MA’s commitment as continent takes center stage

By Paul Nicholson

November 28 – AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa praised his member associations for their solidarity and commitment to making AFC competition go despite the challenges of the world. global translation.

Speaking at the age of 31NS The AFC Congress, the second time being held virtual, Shaikh Salman said: “Even though we don’t share the same room, we still play sports together. We have the same spirit of solidarity and it is important to show the world that we have built a strong foundation over the past eight years.”

“We will deliver on our promises,” he continued. “Asia will be the center of world football in the coming years with two World Cups. The football world already trusts Asia and they can count on Asia to deliver.”

Reflecting on “the greatest crisis of our time”, he said they “can be proud of the response of Asian football”.

The AFC has gone from being able to complete only two of its tournaments in 2020, to completing six by 2021. At the same time, Shaikh Salman emphasized the work of national associations in the return of the ball. stone in their country.

“National and local leagues are the foundation of our football,” he said. “We keep working harder and coming back stronger and aiming for higher levels.”

He said: “Slowly but surely, thanks to the solidarity of AFC members, Asian football has continued to emerge stronger from its darkest hours and we are now well positioned to capture those moments. Huge opportunities ahead.”

Those opportunities include introducing Asian football to the world.

Shaikh Salman said: “The coming years will be an important period for the AFC and its members as Asia will be at the heart of world football.

“As I said before, this is Asia’s moment and in less than two months we will open 2022 with the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India.
“Expanded to 12 teams, it demonstrates our desire to strengthen women’s football in Asia and I am confident that the All India Football Federation and the local Organizing Committee will provide give our female stars the perfect stage,” he added.
“India will also host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the focus will remain on Asia with the FIFA Club World Cup moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2022.”

Outlines how the alliance is self-adapting during the pandemic, the educational enhancement opportunities offered by the AFC, and changes to the AFC’s financial assistance program.

“Through education, we will strengthen the capacities of current and future leaders. And we will have more educational programs in the future.”

Under AFC’s new Enhancement program, AFC’s financial support for members will be significantly improved with member associations qualifying for $2 million in funding over the next 4 years and regional associations. region received 1 million dollars.

The congress approved the AFC accounts for 2022, as well as the projected accounts for 2021 and the budget for 2022. Revenue decreased from $197 million in 2019 to 164.2 million. dollars in 2020 when the pandemic hits. Revenue is expected to return to $173 million by 2022 (up from $152 million in 2021), with the AFC budgeting to deliver 11 leagues.

“Guided by the AFC Vision, our performance on the field is in line with our commitment to strengthening the Member Associations and the off-field area. It is vital that we continue to ensure our Members are in the best possible position to maintain standards of good governance and integrity,” said Shaikh Salman.

“Our humble mission is, and always has been, to deliver this beautiful game in better shape than when we inherited it. With collective strength and solidarity, we have achieved a lot together and rooted in this solidarity, I am confident that Asian football will continue to rise to even greater heights. ”

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