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ACL, AFC Cup group stages at centralized venues

This year’s AFC Champions League and AFC Cup club competitions will be played in centralized group stages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation has said.

Asian soccer’s governing body said yesterday the ACL group stage matches in the west region will be scheduled between April 14-30, while the east region games are planned for April 21-May 7. The second-tier AFC Cup will kick off in south, central and east zones on May 14, before the west zone matches begin on May 23, with ASEAN zone scheduled to take place from June 22-28. The ACL, which will feature 40 teams for the first time, will stage its two-legged final on November 21 and 27, while the AFC Cup final will take place on November 26. Bidding invitations and hosting details will be provided to the participating member associations after the group stage draws, which will take place tomorrow. The 2020 edition of the ACL was suspended in March due to the pandemic. All the knockout stages matches after the restart were played in Qatar, including the final at the al-Janoub Stadium in Doha.


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