The Asian Football Confederation announced on Thursday the modification of the dates of the matches of the AFC 2022 Champions League, after taking into account the complications resulting from the spread of the Omicron mutant of the Covid-19 virus and the risks that This, as well as the exceptional circumstances surrounding the match schedule before and after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
In a statement posted on its website, the Continental Confederation stressed that travel procedures in Asia have become more difficult due to new travel restrictions and protocols adopted by many countries, in order to limit the spread of the mutant Omicron.
Asian teams that are expected to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should develop intensive preparation programs for the competition, and that is why the Asian Football Confederation has found it necessary to facilitate the preparation of these teams. in the face of these circumstances.
The statement added: In view of the above, the AFC competitions committee on Thursday approved the change to the dates of the most important tournament on the Asian continent at club level.
The press release indicates that the AFC will continue to work on the holding of matches on the group system, with a redistribution of match dates during this year and in 2023 to ensure the smooth running of the organization of the League. AFC champions.
According to the new dates, West Asian clubs will compete in the assembly system on the following dates:
Group stage: April 7-27, 2022 (a competition based on the group system through a league divided into two rounds, at home and away).
Round of 16: February 3-4, 2023 (a single-stage knockout match will take place in the pool system).
Quarter-finals: February 7, 2023 (a one-stage knockout match will be played in the pool system).
Semi-finals: February 10, 2023 (a single-stage knockout match will be played in the pool system).
On the other hand, East Asian clubs compete in the group system according to the following dates:
– Group stage: April 15 to May 1, 2022 (a competition based on the group system through a split league of two rounds, at home and away).
Round of 16: August 18-19, 2022 (a single-stage knockout match will take place in the pool system).
Quarter-finals: August 22, 2022 (a one-leg knockout match to be played in the pool system).
Semi-finals: August 25, 2022 (a one-leg knockout match to be played in the pool system).
The AFC Champions League final will be played over two rounds, on February 19-26, 2023, with the first leg taking place in the West region, while the second leg will take place in the East region.
The nominations door to host the matches will soon be open.