ASEAN Super League to launch in 2015

Eight franchise teams will compete for the inaugural ASEAN Super League title when Southeast Asia's newest competition launches in 2015, it has been confirmed.

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The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) revealed on Tuesday that there would be no relegation and that a play-off system would determine the winner.

It is believed that 16 teams are expected to eventually compete in the league which is set to be held annually from February to September.

"The AFF has agreed to further develop the proposed concept of the ASEAN Super League," AFF Council Member and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Vice-President Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah told Reuters.

"The member associations of the AFF were briefed on the potential benefits, including the financial forecasts for the participating clubs," he added.

Those behind the idea have insisted that the new Super League would not compromise either the AFC Champions League or the AFC Cup, and that it does not pose a threat to domestic leagues within the Southeast Asian region.

The AFF also announced that a memorandum of understanding has been agreed with all 11 member associations, while adding that a strict licensing system would be introduced in a bid to improve integrity, raise playing standards, enhance supporter experience, attract new investors and "help the region realise its true potential".

Further talks are expected on May 2 at the AFC's congress in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

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