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The AFC Champions League expands to 40 teams in the 2021 season

The AFC Champions League expands to 40 teams in the 2021 season

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that the AFC Champions League - the most prestigious continental League (ACL) will be expanded to accommodate 40 teams starting in the 2021 season.

Currently, there are 32 teams in the continental league, divided into eight tables with four teams each. Of the eight tables, there are four tables for the western region (Tables A to D), while the four remaining tables are for teams in the Eastern region (Tables E to H).

In order to create more opportunities for the teams to compete, AFC has now decided to expand the tournament to 40 teams from the 2021 season, which means the upcoming 2020 season will be the final version of the AFC Champions League with 32 teams.

From the 2021 season, the ACL will be expanded to 40 clubs with an additional four teams added both in the East and West regions and contribute to the reputation of one of the richest continental tournaments in the world gender”, The AFC notice said.

The decision was made during the second AFC Executive Committee meeting for the 2019-2023 term, chaired by AFC vice president and Saoud Al Mohannadi FIFA Council member in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Notably, AFC also said that this expansion is not related to the attendance of teams in the top 6 associations. This means that opportunities will open up for the lower member associations such as Vietnam, Philippines...

In addition, AFC has also decided to expand the Women's Asian Cup from an eight-team tournament in 2018 to a 12-team tournament in the next version scheduled for 2022.

“Currently, the AFC is receiving applications from Taipei China, India and Uzbekistan to host the Women's Asian Cup tournament and with four more teams, this will be an opportunity for many players, teams and the Member Association", AFC said.