AFC Change Asian Cup Qualifying Procedures

At present, the winners of the continental competition automatically qualify for the next one, as do the hosts, but the confederation has decided that the teams that finish first, second and third will not have to qualify for the 2011 edition.

Additionally, the winners of the 2008 and 2010 AFC Challenge Cup, a competition for weaker Asian nations, will also receive a guaranteed berth at the 2011 Asian Cup.

The organisation has given no explanation about the reasoning behind the unusual move which leaves only ten qualification spots up for grabs.