Iraq

Football world governing body Fifa has allowed Iraq to host their national team's upcoming World Cup qualifying games in their southern city, Basra, following a "security assessment by a Fifa delegation"

Iraq has been awarded hosting rights for this year’s West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) Championship, with the event to mark the first time the country has hosted a national team tournament since the 1990s.

FIFA has banned the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) from hosting international games due to a major increase in nationwide violence, barely three months after world football’s governing body gave the green light for matches to resume.

FIFA has warned that Iraq faces being kicked out of world football competitions after the country’s football association was disbanded by the Iraqi Olympic Committee.

The Association for the Protection of Iraqi Athletes’ Rights is to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over its decision to uphold its ban on Iraq at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has upheld a ban on Iraqi teams at the 2008 Olympic Games after the government missed the deadline to address accusations of political interference.

Iraq will appeal its suspension by the International Olympic Committee and will send a high-level delegation to present its case.

David Gill, CEO of Premier League giants Manchester United, will be a keynote speaker at The Soccerex London Forum on April 5.

Organisers of next year’s FIFA World Cup have taken out a euros 158million insurance policy against its cancellation.

Teams from Arbil (North) and Basra (South) did battle on the field at Al Shaab Stadium in Baghdad for the Football United trophy, the climax of an initiative backed by the (English) Football Association.

The National Guard has reportedly pulled the plug on plans to snap up the naming rights to Washington’s Robert F Kennedy Stadium.

Friday this week (March 11) is the cut-off date for the early discount offer to The Soccerex London Forum at the Institute of Directors on April 20.

More than 70 trainees from across Iraq will participate in a coaching course founded on a learning programme developed by the English Football Association.

Icon Display, London-based specialists in sports event branding, provided the services of its newly-launched Icon Look division for the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup.

A UK project to promote participation and grassroots development in Iraqi soccer has seen a number of coaches successfully complete a Football Association training course.

Dolphin Energy Limited, the UAE-based energy company, has signed up as a main sponsor for the four-sport Arabian Gulf Cup.

Recently formed Etihad Airlines has secured its first sponsorship deal as platinum sponsor of the 17th Gulf Cup to be held in Doha, Qatar in December.