Mumbai City FC will represent India in final AFC Champions League


The final Indian team to play in the league for some time will now be Mumbai City FC. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has disqualified India from the AFC Champions League as of the 2024–25 season. As part of the most recent announcement of the AFC Club Competition slot distribution, it was revealed that India won’t be taking part in the AFC Champions League. This is the case since the country has a low coefficient ranking compared to other Asian football nations. In the AFC standings, India is ranked 19.

Significant changes to the AFC’s club tournament seedings were revealed. Along with the awarding of three group stage spots to Saudi Arabia starting with the 2024–25 season. Only two spots, and only in the AFC Cup, will be available for India.

The league stage champions of the ISL’s premier division will be given automatic entry into the AFC Cup group stages. The Super Cup winners will also be given a position in the qualifying round. There they might go to the group stages if they prevailed.

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All about Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City Football Club is a professional football team from India that plays in the Indian Super League (ISL), the top division of Indian football. The team is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In the 2022–23 season, they once again captured the ISL League Winners Shield. They are also the first Indian team to triumph in a group-stage match of the AFC Champions League.

Mumbai became the first Indian team to win a match at the AFC Champions League group stage under Des Buckingham, who was hired as the team’s head coach prior to the 2021–22 Indian Super League season. They finished second in the group and narrowly missed qualifying for the next round.

Des guided Mumbai in the 2022–23 Indian Super League to the longest-ever unbeaten streak of 18 games, which helped Mumbai win the second shield three years after winning the league. Mumbai City has played 22 games and scored 56 goals moreover with 29 assists. Further, 6 clean sheets have been stored. Target shots totaling 153. Goalie has made 64 saves. They received 41 yellow cards, but none were red.

Unfortunately, there won’t be three tickets available for Indian clubs beginning with the 2024–25 season. Another cause in India losing a spot and its ACL standing is the underperformance of Indian clubs in Asian competitions.

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