FFA deny Asian Cup/A-League clash

Football Federation Australia have denied reports they have decided to run the A-League at the same time as next year's Asian Cup.

A story earlier today claimed the A-League would run in tandem with the Australian-hosted Asian Cup next January despite international call-ups.

It was later suggested the local competition may halt during the group stages but fire up again on the surrounding weekends of the knockout stages when no Asian Cup games are scheduled to take place.

The report surprised many, with FIFA previously insisting even rival codes like the AFL and NRL would have had to shut down for the duration of the tournament if Australia had won the right to host the World Cup.

However the Asian Cup will be played at entirely east coast venues, opening the door for at least some A-League games to be played in Perth, Adelaide or Wellington and not be in direct competition with the international tournament.

Today though the FFA issued a statement refuting the media reports and insisted no decisions had been taken - although they admitted there were in talks about scheduling.

“The article is incorrect,” the statement said. “No final decision has been made on the fixture schedule for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

"We are undertaking the discussions with all stakeholders, including the AFC Asian Cup Local Organising Committee and an announcement will be made once the schedule is complete.”