Though many European seasons are still kicking into gear, domestic action continues unabated across much of the globe. Join FIFA.com for a preview of the latest action across five continents in Brazil, USA, Korea Republic, Australia, China and Kenya.
Brasileirao: Giants look to regain status
Currently lying just one place off bottom, Rio big guns Fluminense will be hoping to start correcting their poor start to the campaign when struggling Coritiba visit. Though both teams featured in Copa Sudamericana action midweek, Fluminense elected to rest many of their regular starters. Leaders Palmeiras host Botafogo, who are just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Big game: Corinthians will look to jump clear of a congested mid-table when second-placed Atletico Mineiro visit Sao Paulo.
Player to watch: Former Inter Milan sharpshooter Adriano will be looking to maintain his return to goalscoring form at Gremio. Adriano's winner against rivals Corinthians last week was his tenth of the campaign and elevated him to the top of the league's scoring list.
American Major League Soccer: Leaders under challenge
Western Conference's top team and overall points leader Houston Dynamo will face a stern test when they visit Real Salt Lake in Utah. Though twelve points adrift of their opponents, Real have recently hit form and are unbeaten in five matches at home.
Leading the chasing pack are LA Galaxy, who face another test of their recent solid form with the visit of Seattle Sounders. Landon Donovan's recent good form has coincided with the Galaxy move up the pecking order and the USA forward now has nine goals, two short of current MLS top scorer Conor Casey.
Big game: Toronto will host DC United with third spot in the Eastern Conference on the line. Both teams had a week away from MLS action last weekend, instead hosting the visiting Real Madrid.
Player to watch: Argentinian forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto returns to action for Columbus Crew after a four-week absence with a hamstring injury. With ten goals in his first 13 outings this term, Schelotto is a vital cog for the Eastern Conference leader.
Korean K-League: Leaders banking on home advantage
Leaders Seoul face struggling Gyeongnam safe in the knowledge that even a defeat would not displace them as second-placed Jeonbuk Motors, two points adrift, are not in action this weekend. This fixture scheduling also allows Pohang Steelers a chance to draw level on points with the Motors provided they can overcome Seongnam Chunma at home. Seoul and Pohang are on impressive unbeaten streaks at home this season, eight and nine games respectively.
Big game: In what promises to be a clash between the meanest defence and the sharpest shooters, Incheon United welcome out-of-form Gwangju Sangmu, who have suffered four straight defeats recently.
Player to watch: Gangwon marksman Kim Young-Hoo took his tally to ten goals in 17 games with a brace last outing. Chunnam Dragons will undoubtedly focus on stopping 'the Monster', who won the golden boot in the second division last year
Australian A-League: Champions look to bounce back
The second round of the season contains a number of intriguing match-ups, with some of the big names looking to bounce back from opening day defeats. Topping the list is the meeting between champions Melbourne Victory and last season's up-and-comers Brisbane Roar. Both prop up the table, and while the Victory are at home, they will be without the services of inspirational captain Kevin Muscat, who will be missing for at least four weeks with a hamstring injury.
The derby between Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets is typically a hard-fought and low-scoring affair, with this meeting likely to be no different as both clubs look to bounce back from disappointing campaigns in the AFC Champions League.
Big game: The league's two new clubs, Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury, will shape up as they look to build early momentum. The match will be highlighted by a meeting between the A-League's poster boys, with Jason Culina running the midfield for United and Anfield legend Robbie Fowler looking to get on the scoresheet again for the visitors.
Player to watch: Sydney FC striker John Aloisi will be looking to continue his bright start to the campaign after an opening-round brace. The journeyman striker has already equalled his goal tally from last season, when injury and poor form dogged one of Australia's Germany 2006 heroes.
With 12 games remaining in the Chinese Super League, the title race is expected to intensify with the top three teams separated by just three points. Beijing will be looking to cement their place at the summit by taking maximum points against hosts Jiangsu, but their nearest contenders Shandong Luneng, just a point adrift, face a challenge with the visit of Shanghai Shenhua. At the other end of the table, bottom side Chongqing Lifan won't have an easy time against Tianjin Teda. However, spearheaded by former Werder Bremen striker Ailton and coached by Dutch Arie Haan, they are sure to offer their hosts a stern challenge.
In the Kenyan Premier League, Tusker will look to bounce back from a home defeat and maintain their slender advantage at the top when they visit relegation-haunted Agro-Chemical. Sofapaka, who lie second on goal difference, will host bottom side Bandari.