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Japan and Australia’s domestic leagues strike a deal

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Australia’s top-tier league, the Hyundai A-League, and its Japanese counterpart, the J-League, have signed a co-operation agreement that will see the two parties share technical, marketing, and administrative expertise.

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), there will be joint marketing and promotional strategies in place for matches featuring Japanese and Australian teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, the premier club tournament in Asia. There will also be elite youth level matches between clubs from the two nations, while loan deals will be enabled between the leagues.

The MOU also confirms the continuation of a referee exchange program between the two leagues which has been in place over the past two years.

“This deal brings two of Asia’s top football nations closer in a very meaningful way that will not just build relationships, but will have an impact on football development,” said the chief executive of Football Federation Australia (FFA), David Gallop. “The J-League and A-League are setting benchmarks in Asia and this is an opportunity to drive each other to even greater heights.”

Elsewhere in Australian soccer, the FFA has announced that the two-match series between Australia’s national team and Greece will be known as the Dodoni Series as part of a sponsorship deal with Dodoni, a leading Greek producer of dairy products that has been established in the Australian market 30 years ago.

The friendlies will be played at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney on the  4th June, and three days later at the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

© 2016 Soccerex | This article was created using source material from Soccerex which first appeared on 3 May 2016.

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