Basically, more foreign players and switching from Autumn to Spring, to Spring to Autumn at least for us in the Southern Hemisphere, means A-League clubs will be playing mostly during the season, too. Clearly in an effort I suppose to make it easier for the NH clubs that are complaining about long travel during their season.
If the AFC do go ahead with a 4+2 or 5+2 foreign player rule, I wonder if that will change the A-Leagues foreign player quota.
This one was actually part of Australia’s plans to gain the Asian vote for the next world cup. If we show an increased lobster supply, it get’s extra votes. Our next marketing campaign will just be our footballers sitting around a table, surrounded by thousands of lobsters
Looks like we’ll officially move to an A-League aligned ACL and AFC Cup from 2023-24.
[N.B. Presumably this means that the current 2022 edition, which ends with finals in Feb 2023, will be the last in the calendar-year format, so the 2021-22 A-League is probably a good one to have been shit for.]
Also, it’s officially changing to 5+1 which (a) gives more ammunition to APL who want more foreigners in the league, (b) means that nobody but Saudi and UAE is ever winning again.