Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League will be played in centralized group stages in the 2021 season due to coronavirus concerns. The AFC Champions League will be held in the West and East Regions.
With the continued support of the Member Associations and participating clubs, the AFC has agreed that the ACL Group Stage West Region matches will be scheduled between April 14-30 while the East Region is planned for April 21-May 7, 2021.
Nidal Bahran, the official spokesman for the Asian Football Confederation, has said the teams can send their request to host the group stage until Feb. 15.
“The AFC will provide support in the amount of $550,000 for hosting each group. The last two matches of each group should be held simultaneously,” he said.
The 2020 AFC Champions League 2020 group stages as well quarterfinals, semifinals, and final were held in Doha, Qatar. The 2021 AFC Champions League will see 40 teams in the group stage – an increase of eight – with one additional group each in the East and West Zones.
- source : Tehran Times