AFC technical team has pandemic-forced development rethink

November 18 – The AFC Technical Committee has re-evaluated its commitment to raise the standards of Asian football with several new initiatives.

The committee, chaired by Kohzo Tashima, recognised the pandemic issues and challenges in delivering development programmes the uncertainties caused by the pandemic and, consequently agreed that the last two years – 2020 and 2021 – would not be taken into account.

One interesting proposal discussed to “explore appropriate solutions to maintain the quality and attractiveness of the AFC’s competitions”, was the possibility of introducing a Positive Play Award.

The Committee also discussed increasing the quota of foreign players in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, but that it needed to be a “fair balance in strengthening the standards of Asia’s club competitions while at the same time, protecting the development of local players across the Continent.”

Looking at competition rules the AFC discussed the negativity of the away goals rule and proposals including extra time and, if necessary, penalty shootouts to decide tied matches and to eliminate the away goals rule as a tiebreaker.

The Committee also approved the 2022 AFC Specialised Coaching Courses for the AFC’s Member Associations, which will now be integrated as part of the game-changing AFC Coaching Convention.

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