Rferl - A double standard by Iranian authorities -- who allow foreign women to attend male sporting events while banning Iranian women -- came under fire during a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Syria.
AFC - Omar Al Soma’s stoppage-time equaliser saw Syria book a date with either Australia or Saudi Arabia in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 continental play-offs as a 2-2 draw with Group A winners Islamic Republic of Iran at Azadi Stadium on Tuesday secured third place in the standings.
AFC - Syria will look for the perfect ending to their fairytale run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign with a win over Group A winners Islamic Republic of Iran at Azadi Stadium on Tuesday to guarantee at least a play-off berth for the Qasioun Eagles.
AFC - Alireza Jahanbakhsh hailed a “great job” by the Islamic Republic of Iran as the Group A winners came away from Korea Republic in their penultimate FIFA World Cup qualifier with a scoreless draw on Thursday despite playing most of the second-half with 10 men.
Jpost - There was brief excitement for soccer-supporting Iranian women when they discovered that online ticket sales for Iran's upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying match versus Syria was open to both male and female fans.