October 14, 2013 – The president of AFC is working toward lifting Iraq’s ban from hosting international friendlies and expanding the game in Asia… FIFA is discussing how the world will see the 2014 World Cup… The World Cup stadium in Fortaleza will need repairs.

June 27 – FIFPro chief Theo van Seggelen suggests state influence in Sergei Fursenko’s resignation… FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein “appalled” by attacks that killed nine young footballers in Iraq… Russia, Spain charged by UEFA over alleged racist chants. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports

Feb. 8 – South Sudan en route to becoming world football’s newest nation… Tottenham Hotspur boss and likely future England manager cleared of tax evasion… FIFA reverses qualifying result after Iraq fielded ineligible player… FIFA vice president Prince Ali takes cause to Philippines. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.

Oct. 3 – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is set to continue World Cup crisis talks with FIFA soon following Monday’s ice-breaker with Jerome Valcke… UEFA awards Champions League rights in Greece… Qatar to host Iraqi “home” qualifiers for London 2012 and Brazil 2014. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.

March 30 – Japan beat J. League TEAM AS ONE 2-1 in fundraiser for victims of the earthquake and tsunami… Indonesian sports minister withdraws all government support for PSSI until new management is brought in… Bitter rivals Iraq and Iran meet in AFC’s second round qualifiers for London Olympics.