The 31st Congress of the Asian Football Confederation was held Saturday morning through visual communication with the participation of Hani Ballan, member of the QFA Executive Office, and Mansoor Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of QFA, along with the heads of member federations, representing their national federations.
The agenda of the 31st Congress of the AFC General Assembly discussed the minutes of the previous conference, which was held on December 9, 2020, which includes the AFC activity report.
The financial report for the year 2020, and the budget for the year 2021-2022 were also reviewed, and the meeting also discussed proposals and amendments to the statutes of the AFC that govern the application of the statute.
At the outset, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the AFC, praised the pivotal roles of the national member federations and regional associations in ensuring that the Confederation continues to rise to a stronger position from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic while welcoming the attendance of representatives of the national federations.
Member Associations that have not been able to participate in at least two FA competitions over the past two years have been approved prior to the 31st General Assembly 2021 and are therefore were not deprived of the right to vote during the meeting.
Sheikh Salman welcomed FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who participated in the meeting and said: “Slowly but confidently, thanks to the unity of the members of the AFC, Asian football has continued to rise stronger from the darkest times, and now we are in a good position to take advantage of the many opportunities in front of us.”
The AFC President expressed his optimism that Asian football will continue to build on the solid pace of recovery achieved during 2021 to complete a historic year in 2022 when the world’s eyes will turn on the continent of Asia.
As for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the AFC President stressed the support of the Asian football family to the State of Qatar, which will organize a tournament “worthy of the trust of world football, as Asia prepares to host the tournament for the second time in its history.”
Sheikh Salman said: “Twenty years after Japan and South Korea hosted the World Cup, this tournament will be the best evidence of the development that Asia has made, and it will reflect the great progress we have made together, as the Asian Football Confederation is determined to support Qatar to host the greatest edition in the history of the World Cup.”
The AFC President also referred to the recent decisions endorsed by the AFC Executive Board in order to strengthen the capabilities of the member national associations and regional associations and to consolidate the strong foundations that the AFC and member associations have laid during the last eight years to advance The level of the game in Asia at all levels.
The General Assembly approved the audited financial reports for the year 2020 and the budget of the AFC for the years 2021 and 2022 as well as the appointment of the external auditors for the period from December 2021 to December 2024.