The Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU) will discuss a possible transition to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in early December. RFU President Alexander Dyukov told reporters about this.
“Negotiations with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are ongoing,” Dyukov said. “We have an option that we will discuss in the Executive Committee in the first half of December, where a possible transition to Asia will be discussed. UEFA knows our position.”
The RFU boss noted that the organization is looking for opponents for friendlies in 2024.
“Work on next year’s games is underway, we are discussing games in March and July with a number of associations,” noted Dyukov. “UEFA and the International Football Association (FIFA) monitor our games in order to play a match, we send a request to these bodies. We will continue to hold games in the regions, but we also have to play in Moscow.”
On February 28, 2022, UEFA and FIFA banned Russian clubs and national teams from participating in international competitions due to the situation in Ukraine. At the end of November 2022, Dyukov announced the initiative to transfer the RFU to the AFC. On December 30, the RFU initiated the establishment of a working group to interact with UEFA and other organizations regarding the return of domestic clubs and national teams to participate in official tournaments; Discussion of the idea of a move to the AFC was suspended.
On November 20, the Russian team defeated the Cuban team 8-0 in Volgograd. Since the suspension, the Russian team also played friendly matches against the teams of Kyrgyzstan (2:1), Tajikistan (0:0), Uzbekistan (0:0), Iran (1:1), Iraq (2:0), Cameroon (1 :0) and Kenya (2:2).