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Sep 15 12 11:14 AM

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Northern Mariana debuts in Challenge Cup

Kuala Lumpur: The Northern Mariana Islands will make its debut in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 whose qualifying draw will be held on 25 October 2012 at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

The Northern Mariana Islands is one of 20 nations confirmed to be participating member associations who had expressed their interest to take part before the deadline of 7 September 2012.

The other participants are Afghanistan, Brunei DS, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Guam, India, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

DPR Korea, the 2010 edition winners, were again the champions this year after beating Turkmenistan 2-1 in March in Nepal while the Philippines defeated Palestine 4-3 to emerge third place winners.

The AFC Challenge Cup is the pathway for the champions to gain a qualification to the top continental championship, the AFC Asian Cup.

http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournaments/men-a-youth/afc-challenge-cup/39947-northern-mariana-debuts-in-challenge-cup

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/results/

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Sep 15 12 7:24 PM

trekky76 wrote:
Isn't Mongolia still suspended?


According to this, it is suspended only with regard to EAFF activities.

http://www.eaff.com/eanews/release/2011/110319.html

"(2) According to the voting outcome at AFC Congress held in January 2011, the Mongol Football Federation was suspended to conduct any activities at the EAFF until EAFF Ordinary Congress of March 2014."

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Sep 17 12 7:26 PM

It's pity that in 2014 AFC Challenge Cup there won't be Bangladesh, Butan and Timor-Leste.

On the other hand we have two debutants: Laos and Northern Mariana Islands.

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Sep 18 12 3:43 PM

Ironhide wrote:
It's pity that in 2014 AFC Challenge Cup there won't be Bangladesh, Butan and Timor-Leste.

On the other hand we have two debutants: Laos and Northern Mariana Islands.

Laos played before

champions North Korea will not participate

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/results/

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Oct 25 12 12:07 PM

SE-Stubbs wrote:
I can't find any information on the time of this draw?


The draw is postponed to next month.

www.soccer-db.info

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Oct 26 12 6:08 AM

trekky76 wrote:
Bangladesh says they will play qualifiers March 2-17 next year. The info is conflicting..

will Timor-Leste change their mind?
after review of Suzuki Cup qualifiers

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/results/

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Nov 3 12 3:58 PM

Cambodia withdrew from the qualification due to financial reasons and concerns being not competitive.

http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/141/asia/2012/10/27/3481474/citing-financial-and-competitive-concerns-cambodia-withdraws

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Nov 28 12 12:57 PM

Maldives will host the 2014 tournament. From 2016 edition the winners will no longer qualify for the Asian Cup but will enter playoffs against sides from the main qualification groups.

Still no Challenge Cup qualifiers announced.

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Nov 29 12 6:22 PM

Because they're considered too strong and will enter regular Asian Cup qualification.

Not sure what format they're going to pick with 18 teams competing for 7 places - any ideas?

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Nov 29 12 11:20 PM

SE-Stubbs wrote:
Because they're considered too strong and will enter regular Asian Cup qualification.

Not sure what format they're going to pick with 18 teams competing for 7 places - any ideas?


The best format would be 3 groups of 6 teams. Every team would play 5 games. Two best teams from each of groups qualify and the best of third placed teams.

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Nov 29 12 11:36 PM

That would take a lot of time though..

I hope to see groups but maybe we will have another play-off round first.

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