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Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

 By PA Sport

FIFA suspends Asian Confederation official Richard Lai after bribery plea

Richard Lai
Richard Lai is a member of FIFA's audit and compliance committee.

FIFA has provisionally suspended a senior Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official from all football-related activity for 90 days after he pleaded guilty to giving and taking bribes.

Guam Football Association president Richard Lai, a member of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, entered his plea at a New York court on Thursday.

He is a former member of the AFC's executive committee and still sits on the body's marketing committee.

Lai's ban, which comes into force immediately and can be extended...

 By Paul Murphy

Ex-Guam boss Gary White in running for England U21 head coach job

He was once coached Asia's smallest footballing nation, but is now in the running for a plum job in his homeland of England.

Former Guam and Shanghai Shenxin manager Gary White is up against some of the biggest names in the British game as he goes for the role of England Under-21 coach, a position vacated by new national boss Gareth Southgate.

ESPN FC understands that the relative unknown has been shortlisted and will be interviewed on Friday. The other candidates are former U21 coach and legendary...