Australian teams to enter East Asian competition
Australia has accepted an invitation for its men's and women's sides to compete in the East Asia Cup next year, further entrenching the country's position as a key component of Asian football, six years after it broke away from Oceania.
The East Asia Cup is a four-team tournament for men and women which is held every four years rotating among Japan, South Korea and China as the host nations. The 2013 tournaments will be held in Seoul from July 20-28.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) said Thursday it had accepted invitations to play in next year's event, with the qualifying tournaments to be held this year from Nov. 20-24 for women in Shenzen, China, and from Dec. 1-9 for men at Hong Kong.