No automatic ACL spot boost for A-League despite Wanderers win

Western Sydney Wanderers’ unprecedented AFC Champions League triumph won’t lead to the A-League getting three automatic slots for the 2015 edition.

The 2015 ACL slot allocation will be determined on November 28, fresh from Wanderers becoming the first-ever Australian club to lift the continental crown.

However, despite Wanderers’ success, an AFC spokesperson confirmed that “winning the ACL can't directly alter the slot allocation number”.

It was hoped Wanderers’ success would have boosted the A-League’s Technical Standard rating.

The slot allocation is determined through a number of criteria, which includes Technical Standard, which will be posted on the Asian Football Confederation website this week.

Australia currently has two automatic slots, while one club must qualify via the play-offs. Melbourne Victory qualified for the 2014 edition after beating Thai club Muang Thong United in the play-offs.

The A-League is capped at three slots due to the competition’s 10-team nature. No more than a third of clubs competing in a league can also play in the ACL.

Currently in the East Asia Zone, the Korean and Japanese top divisions receive four direct slots, while China’s Super League has three automatic slots and one via the play-offs.

The Thai Premier League has one direct slot, with two clubs competing from the second round of the play-offs. Clubs from Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Vietnam also compete from the first round of the play-offs.

Vietnam’s V-League is one East Asia Zone Member Association which could earn another play-off slot in 2015 or 2016, following their improved compliance with ACL criteria.