So is it possible to play as Wellington Phoenix in ACL in Football Manager 2010? (I found the information, that in the "reality" Wellington is able to play in ACL until 2011)
So is there anybody, who play in FM2010 in ACL after 2011?
and if "yes":
Were NZ and OZ players recognized by ACL rules as domenstic players?
Interesting interview with the AFC President about the situation here.
Third question down.
The only way to save Wellington Phoenix is for New Zealand to become an AFC member then...the main thing though, Wellington has to stay in the A-League or else New Zealand football won't be competitive. They don't have the financial infrastructure in the New Zealand league.
It's kinda like TFC and the MLS situation. We qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. I actually don't even know if we go to the MLS Cup Final if we're automatically eligible to go to the Champions League even if we don't win our own Canadian Championship.
"To comply with the provisions of the Regulations, the number of foreign players (non-Australian) in Wellington Phoenix FC should be the same as in other clubs participating in the A-League. In case Wellington Phoenix qualifiy for the ACL, the 3+1 system should be implemented by the club according to the ACL Regulations.
Otherwise, Wellington Phoenix FC should belong to the second division of the A-League, which should be newly created by the FFA. "
So during A-league season they will have a 5 non Australian players limit, so this solution will not be prospective for NZ football.