Al Romaithi 2019

MAKING FOOTBALL FAIR
FOR THE MANY
NOT THE FEW.

MY VISION FOR A FAIR AFC

I want to create the world’s most inclusive and independent football Confederation.
My vision is a fair AFC. One that works for all of its constituents.
We need a Confederation that grows the sport from the grassroots to the elite levels. A
Confederation that promotes and protects all players, regardless of gender, geography,
politics, ability or age.

FAIR PLEDGES

A level playing field for all Member Associations. One where a fair game can be played and everyone can participate.

FAIRNESS WITH INVESTMENT

Football in Asia has lost direction. Whilst the continent amasses enormous wealth in trade and business, football falls further behind. The AFC has a responsibility to drive investment and help shape a brighter future for all involved with the game.

DRIVING INVESTMENT

FAIRNESS IN PARTICIPATION

MORE FOOTBALL FOR ALL

We need to modernise a failing football system by creating more opportunities to play the beautiful game.


A DEDICATED APPROACH TO WELFARE

The Players. The Coaches. The Officials.
Without them we are nothing. But we continue to fail them; not just as footballers, but as human beings.

I propose a new approach to welfare through the creation of a Football Stakeholders Committee, recognised under the AFC Statutes.

The committee will incorporate all our stakeholders into the governance structure of the Confederation and focus on key areas including:

  • Individual welfare of all stakeholders
  • Inter- stakeholder relations
  • Managing & addressing concerns of stakeholders
  • Engaging with external stakeholder groups including FIFPro Asia/ Oceania, an Asian
    Club Association and an Asian League Forum

DEVELOPING TALENT

Poor infrastructure has led to a lack of well-trained coaches, referees and skilled administrators. Asian football continues to be held back. But that can change.

FAIRNESS FOR COACHES
  • 50% increase in male and female coaches with AFC coaching qualifications and licences by 2023
  • Commitment for all Member Associations to join the AFC Coaching Convention
  • Update the quality of coaching courses and syllabuses at all levels

 

FAIRNESS FOR REFEREES
  • Establishment of a world-class professional referee fitness team
  • Establishment of a central referee development team for all Member Associations to share best practice
  • Development of new criteria for referee & assistant referee instructors
  • Utilise existing grassroots competitions to aid the development of academy referees
  • Increase referees allowances for all AFC competitions
  • Increase the number of AFC referees officiating at FIFA competitions
  • Establishment of a three- tiered structure for elite referees with annual promotion and
    relegation
  • Identify a clear process to monitor academy referees’ training & development
  • Increase annual AFC refereeing budget
  • Improve the training and development of female referees through a consistent
    programme across Asia
  • Improve the practicality of VAR and its implementation at top level AFC competitions

A FUTURE FOR OUR YOUTH

I want every child to dream of playing at a FIFA World Cup.
All Member Associations need to give youth a fair chance with more opportunities to play, learn and progress – unlocking their full potential

INCLUSIVITY & EQUALITY

The Asian football community remains lost and under-represented. It deserves better.

Football is the greatest leveller and the best way to unite our communities. But for far too long, the football community in Asia has been exploited and compromised.

It’s time to bring football into the 21st century…

  • Commitment to a 16 team U16 and U19 AFC Women’s Asian Cup
  • Create new categories at the AFC Annual Awards championing regional successes
  • Creation of an annual AFC Unified Cup in partnership with Special Olympics
  • Creation of an AFC Retired Players’ Foundation to provide recognition and support to
    all players once their professional careers are over
  • Resumption of AFC regional girl’s festivals scheduled alongside FIFA Live Your Goals
    & FIFA Girls’ Festivals
  • Creation of the Women’s AFC Associations Cup to run with same format of the men’s
    tournament
  • Creation of the AFC Women’s Champions League annual competition with regional
    qualification
  • Commitment to make Northern Mariana Islands a full AFC and FIFA member
  • 100% increase in the number of annual women coaching seminars, women
    development seminars and the women’s assistance programmes
  • Minimum $500,000 per annum ring- fenced for each Member Association to develop the
    women’s game
  • Creation of a 16 team AFC Women’s Asian Cup
  • Establishment of local and regional grassroots competitions for all disabilities
  • Support for Member Associations in organising women’s domestic and school
    competitions

FAIRNESS THROUGH INDEPENDENCE

Sport has taught me honesty and integrity, on and off the pitch. Meanwhile, the AFC stands under a dark cloud, one shrouded in politics and poor governance.

AN AFC THAT DECIDES FOR ITSELF

I will enhance and review the AFC Financial Assistance Programme for equality and fairness

  • I will enhance and review the AFC Financial Assistance Programme for equality and fairness
  • Establish five AFC regional development offices to enable personalised, localised and regionalised services for all Member Associations
  • Establish a Central Administrative Services Hub providing commercial and marketing advice, and governance best- practice to all Member Associations
  • Establish an Independent Integrity Unit to increase trust, and ensure market value is achieved in all commercial partnerships
  • Establish an independent Office of Budgetary Responsibility to oversee all funding distribution without oversight of the President’s office
  • Publish a detailed AFC annual financial report
  • Create an annual Presidential ideas forum attended by all Member Associations
  • Establish an E-Sports working group for new and existing sponsors
  • Enhance funding to fight illegal gambling & football betting in Asia
  • Full scrutiny given to the term of AFC commercial agreements and how those commercial funds are allocated
  • Ensure all Member Associations are represented on at least one AFC or FIFA committee

FAIR REPRESENTATION IN FIFA

  • Commitment to increase Asian slots in all FIFA competitions
  • Ensure additional FIFA funding for all Member Associations and Regional Federations
  • Provide additional slots for AFC referees at all FIFA competitions
  • AFC coaches and referees to have access to FIFA development programmes

MY MANIFESTO IS UNDERPINNED BY MY VALUES. VALUES THAT HAVE BEEN INSTILLED IN ME THROUGH A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO MY COUNTRY AND MY CONTINENT. INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY, FAIRNESS AND RESPECT ARE THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES BY WHICH I LIVE MY LIFE, AND THEY WILL BECOME THE BEDROCK OF MY PRESIDENCY.