At its Confederation meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the Asian Football Confederation announced a revamped structure for its Champions League that will keep West and East Asian teams apart until the semi-final stage, reports Soccerex Business Daily.
Australia gain a second automatic qualifying spot, while a team apiece from India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam will enter an expanded play-off phase.
“This is part of the reform that we’ve talked about, the changes we want to create,” said Sheikh Salman, according to the AFP agency.
“Hopefully when 2015 comes, we can look back and say we made a difference, we made a change for the good.”
Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia all get four qualifying spots; with China allocated three and a play-off place for the tournament, which will continue to be decided by a two-legged final for the next three years.
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