Uzbekistan to host AFC Futsal Championship 2010

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- The 5th Meeting of the AFC Futsal Committee was held on Monday with members deciding on the venues for key tournaments over the coming months.

The meeting opened with AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam hailing the rising standards of Asian futsal over the years and promising the committee that more funds would be available to carry out programmes in the continent.

The Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent will host the finals of the AFC Futsal Championship 2010, which is the flagship futsal tournament for national teams in Asia. Tashkent had earlier hosted the 2006 edition.

Qualification tournaments will be held in Bangkok, Thailand (Asean zone), Doha, Qatar (West zone) and Beijing, China (East zone). The venue for the South & Central qualifiers zone has yet to be decided.

Esfahan, in Iran, will host the AFC Futsal Club Championship 2009 tournament. The event will feature the top club teams from 10 countries - Iran, Australia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, China, Thailand, Qatar, Lebanon and Iraq.

For seeding of clubs, it was decided to rank clubs according to the rankings of their respective national teams.

The committee also agreed to implement the 2+1 rule in that each club can register no more than two non-Asian foreign players and one Asian foreign player. However, a maximum of one non-Asian foreigner can take the pitch at any time.

There were also proposals from Uzbekistan to stage an Under-21 tournament to develop Asian youth futsal, expand the development of Asian women’s futsal and consider beach soccer as a viable pursuit in Asia.

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