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The AFC:Doing it all over again

The Asian Football Confederation is holding its annual meetings in Kuala Lumpar and once again it seems they are playing around with the number of spots China will have in the Asian Champions League. While China was expected to only get three automatic ACL spots and one play-in spot, that number is likely to be four automatic spots, meaning Guizhou Renhe won’t need to go through the play-in game.

This has yet to be officially finalized and also depends on whether the AFC decides to place Uzbekhistan in eastern or western Asia. As it stands, Japan, Korea, and China would all get four automatic spots, Australia would get three, Thailand would get two, and Singapore would get one. Also, one team each from Australia, Thailand, and Singapore would be included in the play-in to earn a ACL spot.

The AFC is also considering changing the number of foreigners allowed in the ACL, bumping the number up from the current 3+1 rule (3 foreign players and 1 Asian foreign player) to a 3+2 or even 3+3 scenario. This would be an interesting adjustment, most likely leading to even more Australians ending up overseas.

Then again, we’re talking about the AFC here and none of these decisions are final, expect even more changes to come over the next few days, though a final decision is expected soon.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.



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