AFC releases dates for main structural shift of Champions League and AFC Cup for 2023/24

August 2 – The AFC has unveiled extra element of its new membership competitors calendar, taking impact in full from 2023, because it transitions away from its present Spring-Autumn calendar 12 months season to following the Autumn-Spring calendar of the European season.

The AFC Champions League 2023/24 will open with the Preliminary Stage 1 on August 8, 2023, with the Group Stage being performed from September 18 to December 13, 2023, and with a return to residence and away fixtures quite than enjoying on the centralised venues.

The shift is a serious restructuring of the AFC’s competitors calendar with the purpose of creating its membership sides and nationwide groups extra aggressive internationally.

For golf equipment it can enable a larger synchronisation of switch home windows and improved probabilities for Asian golf equipment to signal higher gamers, in addition to offering a extra even distribution of membership matches over the 12 months to take care of a stability with Nationwide Group matches.

For nationwide groups it can enable the AFC’s senior nations, who’ve key gamers abroad, to dovetail their nationwide workforce commitments with their membership seasons in the identical method the European nations are capable of, therefore lowering points over participant releases and strain on gamers.

When the modifications had been introduced in February the AFC mentioned that there was additionally an accompanying industrial profit “for AFC Champions League and AFC Cup matches when it comes to TV audiences and media curiosity with respect to the calendar buildings of UEFA membership competitions and European leagues.”

The AFC Champions League schedule will now mirror the UEFA Champions League season with preliminary rounds and Group Phases beginning in August and compling earlier than Christmas and the knockout rounds being performed within the New 12 months.

Subsequent season’s Champions League knockout stage will probably be held from February 12 to April 24, 2024, earlier than the two-legged Closing is performed on Could 11 and 18, 2024.

The present Champions League season, which was expanded to 36 groups for this version, continues with East Zone final 16 knockout rounds later this month. West Zone knock out rounds are scheduled to being in February subsequent 12 months, with the regional semi-finals to be performed on the finish of February. No date has been set for the ultimate.

The AFC additionally introduced  2023/24 dates for the AFC Cupwhich will begin with the Preliminary Stage on August 1, 2023, whereas the Group Stage is ready to be held from September 18 to December 14, earlier than the Zonal Semi-finals happen from February 2024, adopted by the single-leg Closing on Could 5, 2024.

The AFC’s government committee has additionally permitted, kind the 2023/24 season, a advice to get rid of the away targets rule as a tiebreaker in knockout rounds. Now tied groups will play additional time and, if vital, determine the tie on penalties.

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