AFC Nations League?
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Would you like AFC consider new competition similar to European Nations League, our very own AFC Nations League? It would be very interesting if this materialise as apart from the top AFC nations rest of them hardly plays any friendlies and even if they do organise them on FIFA sanctioned days they are hardly against any exciting opponents, to top it off there is no importance attached to the friendly.. Please share your views on what you think.
Came across this interesting thread,
Football in Asia needs to develop more commercially and politically ti get a Nations League type tournament.
European countries have a lucrative TV deal and sponsorship to see their national team playing. We should not compare Asia with them.
AFC have political issues. Many countries cannot play in their home ground due to security concerns.
Idea is good, it will take few years to materialise
One of the potential problems is the lack of incentive. UEFA Nations League provides a backdoor for EURO & World Cup. We can't restructure qualification rules for World Cup because we just have a few spots. So if Nations League is implemented, it should a quadrennial tournament, so that it can link up with Asian Cup qualification only.
The most important problems are ofcourse the poor brand value & market of Asian football, political issues between AFC nations and travel. There are nations which very rarely play any match in AFC and some which can't even play at home, unlike UEFA. Regarding travel, to provide TV broadcast, there should be matches everyday, that means 2 matches in a gap of 3-4 days. Usually on FIFA Days week, we have matches on Thursday and Tuesday.
The only positive is that it helps less glamorous and ofcourse lazy associations like AIFF to not miss FIFA matchdays and makes them play compulsorily.
AFC can conduct something similar to Asian Cup format once in every 4 years with different name . Other sports like cricket have this ( World Cup & World Championship) .
Since it is not a friendly, all the nations would end up playing on those days without any excuse.