Monday, 23 October 2017 01:26 GMT
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AFC Expands Asian Cup to 24 Teams -1

(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) irty per cent of points will be allocated for national teams' performances while seventy per cent for the clubs' showings the AFC said. Upon confirmation of the rankings the MAs ranked 1 to 24 will be eligible to play in the AFC Champions League. Apart from being in the top 24 the MAs should fulfil club licensing criteria have integrity programmes within the MA organisation of professional league and its governance facilities as required in the regulations and sound supporting system for logistical matters in order to be eligible to receive a direct slot(s). The MAs ranked 25 to 32 will be eligible to participate in AFC Cup group stage while MAs ranked 33 to 47 will be provided with an opportunity to play in AFC Cup playoff stage. The proposal to increase rest days from one to two in the qualifiers and finals of the AFC U-16 U-19 and U-22 championships was also approved but this will be implemented from 2017 onwards. The AFC Executive Committee also approved recommendations from AFC's standing committees the new AFC Champions League and AFC Cup formats and the proposed amendments to the AFC Statutes which will be presented to the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Sao Paulo on June 9 for approval. During the meeting President Shaikh Salman congratulated Japan for winning the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. "It is a big achievement and once again proves our (Asia's) dominance in women's football." He also wished Japan Iran Korea Republic and Australia the very best for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil apart from hoping for success for the forthcoming AFC Women's Asian Cup AFC Challenge Cup and AFC Futsal Championship. (END)


AFC Expands Asian Cup to 24 Teams -1