The AFC Champions League and AFC Cup competitions for the 2023-2024 season will start from autumn to spring after the Asian Football Confederation approved a new calendar on Monday.
The continental confederation wrote in a statement, “The Executive Office of the Asian Football Confederation has approved the calendar of new dates for the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup 2023-2024, which follows the decision to change the dates of the club competitions from autumn to spring, instead of the previous dates from spring to autumn. “.
The AFC Champions League will begin with the first preliminary round on August 8, 2023, while the group stage matches will take place from September 18 to December 13, 2023. As for the play-offs, it will take place between February 12 and April. 24, 2024, the final round will be played from the two first leg matches. And will return on May 11-18, 2024.
It is to be noted that in the current edition the playoffs for West Zone will be held from 3rd to 10th February 2023 in pool format. As for the final round, it will be played in two home and away matches on February 19 and 26, 2023.
In the Al-Gharb Saudi Al-Hilal area, Emirati youth Al-Ahli, Saudi youth Uzbekistani Nassaf Karshi, Qatari Al-Tuhail with his compatriot Al-Rayyan, Saudi Al-Faisali with Iranian. Fulat Guzstan.
Saudi Al Hilal won the last edition’s title at the expense of South Korean Pohang Steelers, taking their tally to a record four titles.
On the other hand, the FA Cup will start with the opening round on August 1, 2023, and the group stage matches will be held from September 18 to December 14. The semi-finals of the regions will be held in February 2024, with a round one final on May 5, 2024.
It was also approved to exclude the rule of goals scored outside the field to determine the tie between the two teams, instead allowing for extra time and penalty kicks when necessary to decide the winner of the two. – Foot matches.
The West Zone Knockout Rounds for the current edition are from February 3 to 10.
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