2nd FIFA Report on the Status of World Football – Asia
2nd FIFA Report on the Status of World Football – AsiaIn East Asia, the Chinese team was notable for wrecking the Japanese and Filipino teams 5 times in a row in the football competition at the Far Eastern Games, and so they were admitted into FIFA. The Dutch East Indies had been travelling around Asia playing various national teams and clubs, so they were also allowed into the Federation. A notable regional team in China was Shanghai, which had played a couple of games against Hong Kong and Singapore, but this team was not allowed into FIFA due to being entirely made up of European expatriates, not people from Shanghai. The Korean peninsula, under Japanese administration at the time, had a burgeoning football scene and had recently formed its own regional association. While some Korean players had played for the Japanese national team, Japan feared that with the creation of a Korean association these players would go to that national team to play. FIFA assured the Japanese that they still had priority over Korea to pick and choose players.
In the rest of Asia, Afghanistan had formed its own association and had played a few games against Iran, so they were admitted into FIFA. Mandatory Palestine had sprung up with its own association, which was almost entirely made up of Jews, also joined FIFA with the support of the Maccabi World Union. This angered Palestinian Arabs, as at the time Palestine was mostly Arab. This led to them splitting off and forming their own association, which they named the Palestinian Football Association. Both organizations would be admitted into FIFA, but to prevent confusion the Mandatory Palestine team was renamed to the Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) national football team.
In British India, football began to spread and become more and more popular amongst the princely states, with Hyderabad, Mysore, Travancore and Baluchistan having good enough national teams to be accepted into FIFA. Provincial teams had formed throughout India, but none were developed enough to join the Federation. The Portuguese cities of Goa, Dadra and Diu had formed their own separate national team, competing under the name Portuguese India.