Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Executive Committee met on Friday for the first
time this year and discussed several important topics and took several key
decisions, keeping in view the development of Asian football.
President Zhang Jilong set the tone for the full-strength gathering with his
opening remarks when he told the members to gear up for what he said would be a
“very challenging year”.
“We ended 2011 in a spirit of solidarity and
unity. I would like to request all of you to continue in the same tone,” said
Jilong. “A sense of togetherness and unity of purpose has never been more
important in Asian football. 2012 will be very challenging for me, and you, but
I promise you that as the Acting President I will go by the AFC
Jilong and the members conveyed their appreciation to FIFA
Vice-President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein for strongly representing the
continent’s interests at the International Football Association Board on the
“We are all very pleased that the IFAB has allowed
testing of the new headscarves and I am confident that we will get a positive
decision on July 2,” said Jilong.
The members discussed at length the
situation in the PSSI (Indonesian Football Association) and expressed their
Among other things, the Executive Committee heard about
AFC’s engagement with UEFA and the success of the General Secretaries Induction
“AFC has held initial discussions with UEFA over how our
confederations and affiliates can cooperate in order to develop both the Asian
and European games. We hope to sign a Memorandum of Understanding after further
discussions and agreement over the areas of mutual interest,” said
The Executive Committee felt that a comprehensive and
point-by-point review of the current AFC Champions League criteria was
Besides ratifying and approving the decisions of the AFC Standing
Committees, the Executive Committee also took the following decisions.
1. The Executive Committee approved amendments to the existing
criteria in the selection of the AFC Player of the Year. There will be three
awards henceforth: a) Best Asian Player in Asia, b) Best Asian Player in Foreign
Clubs, c) Best Foreign Player in Asia. The nominees will have to be present to
be considered for the awards. The awards date, which is currently in November,
will be reviewed and shifted to a suitable month in the following year. There
will be one award for the AFC Women’s Player of the Year. 2. The Committee
approved the year 2013 as AFC Grassroots Year. 3. The Committee approved a
change in the name of the AID27 Monitoring Committee to AFC Financial Assistance
Programme (AFAP) Committee. 4. The AFAP annual grant per beneficiary
Member Association has been increased to USD 250,000. 5. The Audited
Financial Statement for the Financial Year End of 2011 was approved. 6.
Salah Ramadan and Toufik Sarhan were appointed to the Futsal and Disciplinary
Committees respectively. Krystyna Szokolai was co-opted as a member of the
Referees Committee. Manie M Al Hayan was co-opted in the Competitions Committee,
Faisal Al Dakhil in the Disciplinary Committee, and Khaled Abdul Sadeq in the
Referees Committee. 7. Obaid Saeed Ali Obaid Al Shamsi was replaced by
Yousuf Mohd Abdullah in the AFC Vision Asia Committee while Dali Tahir was
replaced by Bob Hippy in the Organising Committee for AFC Youth
Competitions. 8. Mohamed Al Romaithi’s resignation from the AFC Ad Hoc
Committee for Member Associations was accepted and the Executive Committee
expressed its appreciation for his services.
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