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Doha to host 31st AFC General Assembly

The Executive Office of the Asian Football Confederation decided to hold the 31st General Assembly of the Confederation, next November in Doha.

During the seventh meeting of the AFC Executive Office, which was held today in the Bahraini capital, Manama, the President of the AFC, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, praised the application of the highest standards and protocols for health and safety during the successful organization of the AFC Champions League 2020 hosted by Doha, explaining that this success paved the way for the repetition of the same standards in 2021. 

He thanked the member federations that had expressed their interest in hosting the upcoming competitions in the grouping system in the Asian qualifiers, the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup.

“The successful completion of the AFC Champions League has given us a model that we will rely on in 2021 with greater confidence,” the AFC President said, and thanked the Qatar Football Association, the Qatari authorities and the medical staff for their commitment and support.

The AFC President affirmed the commitment and unity of the member national federations to resume the Asian football calendar for the year 2021, expressing his appreciation also to all member national federations that have agreed to host matches for national teams and clubs in the coming weeks and months.

He said, “It was necessary to show the world that Asian football is ready to return, and we must also assure the players, teams and fans across the continent that we are in an ideal position to organize safe and world-class tournaments, in accordance with the vision of the AFC.” 

The AFC President also expressed his deep appreciation to President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, who attended the meeting in Bahrain, and thanked the FIFA for its leadership and continuous support for the AFC and national federations, especially in these difficult circumstances. On the other hand, the Executive Office decided to grant the rights to host the AFC U-20 Youth Cup 2022 to the Uzbek Football Association, as new dates for the tournament were set from 4 to 17 April 2022, and the rights to host the AFC U-17 Cup 2022 were granted to the Indonesian Federation and the tournament will take place from 9-22 May.

The members of the Executive Office were also informed of the FIFA decision to suspend the Pakistan Football Association, in light of the recent events that took place at the headquarters of the Pakistan Football Association in Lahore, where a group of protesters stormed the offices and seized the headquarters from the temporary committee.

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