Soccer-AFC plan Asian Cup expansion to 24 teams

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) plans to expand the Asian Cup from 16 to 24 teams as part of a raft of changes designed to increase the number of international matches for member nations. The AFC competitions committee made the proposal at a meeting in Oman on Saturday, at which they also announced plans to merge regional preliminary qualification rounds for the World Cup and Asian Cup. “Competitions are the main products of AFC and I am happy that it is in good hands,” AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa said in a statement. “I am sure that the changes that happen will have big impact in Asian football and will benefit our member associations.

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