The A-League has lost one automatic position for a team in the Asian Champions League.
Football Federation Australia issued a statement on Thursday night confirming that the Asian Football Confederation executive committee had allocated Australia one automatic position and one qualifying position for the 2013 event.
In previous years there were two automatic spots, plus an additional qualifying spot in 2012.
Head of the A-League, Damien de Bohun said that the FFA was disappointed at the outcome and would be looking to restore the previous ACL allocation in the future.
“It’s important for us to maintain a strong presence in the ACL through the Central Coast Mariners’ direct participation and the strong prospect of Brisbane Roar also qualifying," De Bohun said.
“Our real focus and that of our clubs this year is the A-League, the consolidation of the 10 team competition and continuing to build on the exciting start to this season.”
AFC Champions League
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admits his team was taught a lesson by Korean side Ulsan, which beat it 3-1 in its first AFC Champions League match.