AFC President chairs Executive Committee meeting

Manama, Feb. 2 (BNA): President of the Asian Football Confederation, Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, chaired the first meeting of the newly elected AFC Executive Committee.

The members of the Committee approved the appointment of Mr. Zaw Zaw of Myanmar as Senior Vice-Chairman of the AFC Executive Committee.

The AFC said on its website that the AFC Executive Committee unanimously approved the establishment of an AFC Professional Football Specialist Task Force to oversee the transformation of continental football, which was initiated by the AFC Competitions Committee last year.

“The new AFC Executive Committee today affirmed its determination to accelerate our positive football journey through these two important decisions,” Sheikh Salman said.

“We want to ensure that the FIFA AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 is held to the highest possible standards and is remembered as the best ever, and the activation of the AFC Asian Cup Organizing Committee is testament to our sincere efforts and faith.

“We have already indicated our ambitions to take Asian football to new heights, and the formation of the AFC Professional Football Task Force is an appropriate step in the right direction following the approval of strategic reforms for Asian club competitions late last year.”

Several game-changing initiatives – including the introduction of new forms of competition, raising the foreign player quota and increasing the financial distribution model – with the aim of ushering in a new era of progress were approved by the AFC Competitions Committee and subsequently endorsed by the AFC Executive Committee in December 2022.

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The AFC’s Professional Football Task Force has been tasked with providing guidance and driving wide-ranging reforms towards improving technical performance, driving greater commercial value, and enriching the Asian football fan experience.


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