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2023/2024 Fixture list

pjennings

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Yeah but it's an under age tournament.

There was no overlap with the AFC full international and the WCQ rounds.

Full international AFC and AFCON took players out of the EPL (FIFA sanctioned window so clubs had no choice). With so much football in the calendar overlaps will happen, and nobody will care that they take a couple of U/23s out of the second tier club tournament or the aleague.
They should have FIFA sanctioned windows for age groups as well.
 

Big Al

Well-Known Member
Hard to argue that when it's been in the AFC calendar for at least 2 years and it's well known there was no window so it would be mainly domestic players used as o/s clubs wouldn't release players.

It's not like they sprung the tournament out of the blue.

Yes it's not ideal but on the positive, Nestor has had 2 good games in a row so likely to drop off for a bit 🤞🏻
From a purely club related feeling.

It’s APL. You could tell them the world cup final was on and they wouldn’t care if it wasn’t a rule.

We’ve dealt with plenty of issues already but would be nice to have our full team for such an important part of the season.

Will be interesting to see how Nesta finishes the season because the BS with not picking him and saying it’s for his own benefit and then asking him to play when somebody dropped out is going to rub him in some kind of way.
 

Stuartmcateer

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They should have FIFA sanctioned windows for age groups as well.
That's the thing though, when? You wouldn't get any club football played if you had a separate window for every age group. And the big boys would never allow the smaller confederations to be allowed to take players all year round.

You could run them concurrently with the full internationals but good luck getting sponsorship or selling tv rights for the under age tournament when it's competing directly with a full international version.
 

Corsair

Well-Known Member
Players can refuse and then be judged for it for a long time but clubs can’t.

We would prefer to have him but we will keep fighting
So its the players decision or the club? Who has the final say?

We've got 2 million bucks on the line here.
 

Tevor

Well-Known Member
Apparently clubs are trying to stop Irankunda playing since he knocked back the Olyroos. Unfair advantage is being claimed so watch this space.
 

Stuartmcateer

Well-Known Member
So its the players decision or the club? Who has the final say?
In theory the player could refuse a national team call up. But why would you?

Outside fifa windows the club can refuse to release them (like the European clubs have) but a-league clubs have an agreement with the FA that they will release them.
 

Corsair

Well-Known Member
Apparently clubs are trying to stop Irankunda playing since he knocked back the Olyroos. Unfair advantage is being claimed so watch this space.
Well that's bullshit and will never stick.
In theory the player could refuse a national team call up. But why would you?

Outside fifa windows the club can refuse to release them (like the European clubs have) but a-league clubs have an agreement with the FA that they will release them.
f**k the agreement unless its contractual. Our position is unique this season and the player is critical to our success. Over 2 million on the line. On this rare occasion, with recent games as examples and with so much on the line, club duties take precedence.
 

Stuartmcateer

Well-Known Member
f**k the agreement unless its contractual. Our position is unique this season and the player is critical to our success. Over 2 million on the line.
If we can't win the second tier competition because 1 player is missing then we really don't deserve the 2 million.

On this rare occasion, with recent games as examples and with so much on the line, club duties take precedence.
Club football should never take precedence over international football.
 

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