Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Asian Football Confederation alters format of multiple competitions

New Boss: Sheikh Salman
Looks like the head honchos over at the Asian Football Confederation will be making some changes in the coming months to how their competitions are run. Here's a run down of what is due to be decided:

The Asian Champions League might switch to an East vs. West format perhaps in an attempt to reduce costs for some of the smaller clubs participating in the competition. From a developmental standpoint this is disastrous, but totally in line with how the AFC conduct business. This is the same organization that bars half the confederation from Asian Cup qualifying while ensuring direct entry for the top three finishers of the previous finals tournament.

Other forthcoming changes after the jump

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2014 WAFF Championship Preparations

Daniel Mustafa: One of nine foreign based players in the squad

Six months of inexplicable lull and then two days where the news comes in fast and furious. Atypical for followers of the Palestinian national team.

Palestine are slated to play in the opening match of the WAFF Championship on Christmas Day, 2013. With that in mind the PFA has been busy organizing preparations for the tournament.

Monday, November 11, 2013

2014 WAFF Championship Draw Announced

Palestine were handed an interesting draw on Monday when the WAFF Championship organizing committee drew them alongside hosts Qatar and one-time regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Despite the awkward number of teams, the organizing committee decided to separate the teams in three groups. As a result, Palestine will only get two games but could always take the opportunity to schedule a warm-up game against opponents from another group ahead of the tournament itself.