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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...

'Bhutanese Ronaldo' Chencho an inspiration for young footballers

Chencho's six goals have Minerva Punjab lying at the top of the I-League table

Hours before Bhutan's Transport United were due to play Bengaluru FC in their AFC Cup match, they received a boost from an unlikely quarter: A trademark quality goal by Chencho Gyeltshen, captain of the national team. The goal itself had nothing to do with Transport United - it was for Minerva Punjab against East Bengal in the I-League - but was another inspirational moment in Chencho's debut season in India. 

"All players are inspired [by Chencho]. Not only players, but the younger generation...