The eyes of football followers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Japan, Korea Republic and South Africa will return from the international to the domestic scene this weekend. FIFA.com previews the forthcoming action outside Europe.
Argentinian Apertura: Two perfect records on the line
Leaders Velez Sarsfield will aim for their fourth straight win at home to San Lorenzo, who have taken five points from their first three outings. Maximiliano Moralez has been on song for the reigning Clausura kings, but Kily Gonzalez will be hopeful of an away success.
Second-placed Rosario Central will strive to preserve their 100 per cent start at pointless Charcarita Juniors, while Estudiantes, in third, will charge Mauro Boselli with punishing sixth-placed Independiente.
High stakes: Racing Club and rock-bottom Gimnasia La Plata will collide both seeking their first victory.
Players to watch: River Plate's Diego Buonanotte and Bichi Fuertes of Colon could be central to the outcome of their encounter.
Brasileirao: Tight at the summit
With Diego Souza in resplendent form and new signing Vagner Love at their spearhead, pacesetters Palmeiras will visit a Vitoria side looking for only their second win in ten attempts. Second-placed Internacional will entertain Cruzeiro, while Sao Paulo, three points off the pace in third, welcome seventh-placed Avai to the Morumbi.
Goias will visit ninth-placed Barueri tring to remain in the top four, with fifth-placed Atletico Mineiro at home to Atletico Paranaense.
High stakes: Much will rest on the outcome of O Clássico Vovô (The Grandfather Derby): Botafogo and Fluminense are third-bottom and bottom respectively.
Players to watch: Lively striker Carlinho Bala will carry Nautico's hopes of staying out of the relegation zone, but they must keep Gremio forward Maxi Lopez in check.
American Major League Soccer: Trio eye play-off places
With just six weeks until the regular season reaches its conclusion, the scrap for the eight play-off places is intense. Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA and Toronto FC are narrowly out of the qualification zone, but they will hope to change that at home to Chicago Fire, New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids respectively.
DC United and Seattle Sounders are both on course to progress, although they still have some work today. Can Luciano Emilio fire DCU to victory or will the game belong to Fredy Montero and the Sounders?
High stakes: Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo, top of the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively, will collide.
Players to watch: Chivas midfielder Paulo Nagamura is capable of turning a game in an instant, while Revs forward Kheli Dube has been flashing his brilliance of late.
Japanese J.League: Last chance for Kawasaki?
Kashima Antlers will take a seven-point lead into Round 25 of 34, but their bid for an unprecedented third straight title will be examined by their nearest challengers Kawasaki Frontale, for whom Juninho has been sparkling.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Shimizu S-Pulse, both ten points off the pace, will host respective strugglers Yokohama F Marinos and Omiya Ardija.
High stakes: Fourth-bottom Montedio Yamagata will aim to arrest their descent away to Urawa Red Diamonds, who have lost their last seven games.
Players to watch: Fifth-placed Gamba Osaka will charge the prolific Leandro with shooting down mid-table Vissel Kobe, whose chances will rest heavily on the shoulders of Yoshida Takayuki.
South African Premiership: Third host first
The Chatsworth Stadium will stage third against first, with Golden Arrows facing Orlando Pirates. The Pirates failed to concede in their opening four outings and benefited from the attacking gifts of Teko Modise, Thembinkosi Fanteni and Moses Mbuyane, while Musa Bilankulu has radiated for the Arrows.
Santos, in second, will travel to Moroka Swallows, while fourth-placed Bidvest Wits, fronted by the competition's leading marksman, Matome Calvin Kadi, are away at Ajax Cape Town.
High stakes: Jomo Cosmos will entertain Free State Stars in a battle of the bottom two.
Players to watch: The powerful shooting of Kazier Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula and Noah Chivuta of Maritzburg United will keep goalkeepers on their toes at the Orlando Stadium.
Pumas may be the reigning Clausura champions, but they have lost six of their first seven matches in the Mexican Apertura and sit bottom of Group 3. The Mexico City outfit will have the chance to improve their position at home to Pachuca, one point off the Group 2 summit and the side Pumas beat to lift the trophy in May.
Fierce enemies Sante Fe and Millonarios will do battle in Round 9 of the Colombian Copa Mustang, with the former third and the latter four points back in ninth.
FC Seoul head second-placed Jeonbuk Motors, who have a game in hand, by a point in the Korean K-League. They will square off in the capital this weekend.