May 13 – Moya Dodd says FIFA’s 209 FAs should include more women on ruling bodies… Criticises France for its continued ban on hijab… The AFC vice-president urges delegates to fight sexism in wake of Richard Scudamore scandal. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from the Soccerex Asian Forum in Jordan.
May 25 – FIFA vice president Prince Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has dismissed new claims made by the medical chief of football’s governing body that headscarves worn by female Muslim footballers represent a significant health risk. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Budapest
April 17 – UN special adviser on sport Wilfried Lemke tells the World Olympic Sport Convention that he’s delighted with the International Football Association Board’s decision last month to scrap the ban on female footballers wearing the Islamic hijab on the field of play. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Moscow.
March 5 – Zhang Jilong and Prince Ali welcome IFAB decision to remove the ban on female footballers wearing the Islamic headscarf… Two goal-line technology systems move to the next stage of testing, with the English Premier League hopeful of using the chosen system next season. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 2 – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein gives acting Asian football boss Zhang Jilong a boost in his bid to land the job on a permanent basis… The Jordanian FIFA vice president urges IFAB to scrap hijab ban, saying he will be “very disappointed for the game” if football’s lawmaking body says no. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.
Feb. 29 – UN special adviser supports proposal to allow women to wear headscarves on the pitch… Congressional commission in Brazil partially approves controversial legislation covering the 2014 World Cup. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Feb. 22 – Worldwide union for professional footballers supports Prince Ali’s proposal to IFAB… South Korean government cracks down on match-fixing… Warsaw’s new National Stadium gets go-ahead for first-ever fixture ahead of Euro 2012. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Jan. 30 – Women’s Professional Soccer suspends 2012 campaign amid legal issues… USA and Canada book berths at London Olympics… Asian Football Federation reiterates desire for headscarf rule change. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Nov. 23 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter praises Asian football chiefs for their handling of the fall-out from the Mohamed Bin Hammam cash-for-votes scandal, declares racism row “closed”, avoids any gaffes on Islamic headscarves rule and insists the future of football is in Asia. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Oct. 25 – FIFA reveals shortlist for Women’s World Player of the Year … Two members of Executive Committee to recommend Islamic headscarves be allowed … Anheuser-Busch InBev renews World Cup partnership.