Sydney FC manager Graham Arnold wants the winners of the FFA Cup to eventually be rewarded with an Asian Champions League (ACL) qualifying place.
The Sky Blues take on New South Wales member federation side Blacktown City on Wednesday night at Edensor Park, a venue where Sydney have had previous success in the cup.
They defeated Sydney United 3-1 at the venue in the tournament’s second edition.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Football Show on Tuesday, Arnold says an ACL spot will aid in further incentivising the young competition.
“It’s a meaningful competition, there’s a trophy on the line, and it will be great to see, maybe one day, the winner of the FFA Cup is rewarded with an Asian Champions League position,” Arnold said.
“That will put a lot more meaning on the competition.
“For now, there’s three trophies up for grabs for each A-League club and we want to be a part of trying to win all of them.”
However, Arnold’s hopes could be dashed as the AFC Champions League participation manual only allows for “top division” clubs to participate in the competition.
A win in Sydney’s west will see Arnold’s team reach the semi-finals for the first time.
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