There is no path in the current rule book, they're going to have to add one. Like others have said, they would likely add a qualifying tournament. It will be interesting to see how seeding works since AHF plays an unbalanced schedule. My uneducated guess is that they would use a Krach rating? I can see the future threads now, when teams get dropped in the seeding based on the strength of their schedule...there will be some unhappy campers.