Qatar was selected as the hosts of the 2024 AFC Asian Under-23 Cup by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee during its fifth meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday.
Following a comprehensive bid assessment process as well as the overall risk assessment on key deliverables outlined in the subsequent report, Qatar – which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November this year – was selected by the Committee from five candidates, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, the Asian Football Confederation said in a press release on Friday.
Led by the Chairman, Dr. Tran Quoc Tuan, the Committee also welcomed the strong momentum gained by the majority of AFC(AM) Member Associations to stage a commendable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Therefore, in view of the waning impact of the pandemic in Asia, the Committee agreed to recommend to the AFC Executive Committee to discontinue the application of the Special Rules for AFC Competitions during the pandemic. Covid-19 from 2023.
At the same time, Committee members also acknowledged the challenges faced by several Member Associations and Participating Clubs, which continue to navigate through the various complexities caused by the pandemic.
With this in mind, the Committee recognized that the withdrawals of Chinese clubs – Changchun Yatai FC and Shanghai Port FC – from the AFC Champions League 2022™ were the result of force majeure.
Similarly in the 2022 AFC Cup, the withdrawals of Myanmar’s two clubs – Shan United FC and Hantharwady United FC, as well as Macau’s MUST CPK – were also recognized as the result of force majeure, as was the Macau’s withdrawal from the AFC U20 and U17 Qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup.
The Committee also endorsed the proposal to adopt a consistent approach to bring other AFC competitions in line with the AFC Asian Cup with regard to the waiving of single cautions (which did not lead to penalties). expulsion) from the playoffs. This means that these warnings will not carry over to the final stage to ensure balance for all teams in the finals.
This approach was reflected in the updated competition regulations of the AFC Asian Under-20 Cup 2023 and the AFC Asian Under-17 Cup 2023, the regulations other competitions to be updated in due course.
The Committee also noted the five-month gap between this year’s AFC Champions League semi-final (Eastern region), which ended in Saitama, Japan, in August and the finals in two legs scheduled for February 2023, compared to the knockout stage. (West Region) which will be played just before the Finals.
Currently, registration window 3 of the competition regulations applies to the entire knockout stage, which includes the round of 16 through to the final, and only allows clubs to replace goalkeepers suffering from injuries or long-term illnesses, in accordance with article 30.5 of the competition regulations.
Therefore, the Committee approved to include an additional entry window for this year’s Eastern Region finalist – Urawa Red Diamonds – on an exceptional basis before the two-legged finals in February 2023.
The committee also endorsed the decisions of the AFC Club Licensing Working Group at its recent meeting, held on 24 August 2022, and agreed to give its consent for the participation of Brunei DPMM FC to the 2023 Singapore Premier League and Singapore Cup season and the matter will now be referred to FIFA.
All decisions will need to be ratified by the AFC Executive Committee to take effect.
Last update: September 30, 2022 09:10