The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League and the expanded AFC Cup can be performed in centralised group phases within the 2021 season. The AFC Champions League can be held within the West and East Regions whereas the AFC Cup can be staged throughout the 5 AFC Zones. “With the continued support of the Member Associations and participating clubs, the AFC has agreed that the AFC Champions League Group Stage West Region matches will be scheduled between April 14-30 while the East Region are planned for April 21-May 7, 2021,” AFC stated in a launch.
“Similarly, the centralised AFC Cup Group Stage will kick off in the South, Central and East Zones on May 14 before the West Zone commences on May 23, with the ASEAN Zone scheduled to take place from June 22-28. Each team in this year’s AFC Cup Group Stage will compete in a single match round-robin format,” it added.
The AFC Champions League 2021 knockout matches within the Round of 16 are scheduled for September 13-15 and the quarter-finals on September 27-29. Both rounds can be performed as single matches. The AFC Champions League semi-finals can be over two legs on October 19-20 and 26-27.
Meanwhile, the AFC Cup 2021 West Zonal semi-finals can be held on September 13-14 with the second-leg scheduled to happen two weeks later. The ASEAN Zonal semi-finals will happen on August 10-11 over a single leg.
The two-legged Zonal ultimate involving South, Central and East golf equipment is scheduled for August 11 and 25, with the ASEAN single-leg Zonal ultimate deliberate for August 25, earlier than the two-legged West Zonal ultimate takes place on October 20 and November 3.
The two-legged Inter-zonal semi-finals is scheduled for September 14-15 and 28-29 with the Inter-zonal ultimate to be staged on October 20 and November 3.
The AFC Champions League, which is able to characteristic 40 groups for the primary time in historical past, will attain its grand finale with the two-leg ultimate on November 21 and 27, whereas the AFC Cup ultimate will happen on November 26.
Indian Super League (ISL) membership FC Goa had change into the primary Indian membership to qualify for the group stage of the ACL after they topped the league stage final season. ATK Mohun Bagan will play within the AFC Cup group stage whereas Bengaluru FC will participate within the AFC Cup qualifying rounds.
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