On Monday, the Asian Soccer Confederation introduced the main points of the draw for the group stage of the AFC Champions League for the 2023-2024 season.
The federation said on its web site that the draw ceremony will happen on Thursday, August 24, on the AFC headquarters within the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The twenty first version of the event, with its fashionable system, is witnessing the transition for the primary time from the spring to autumn season, because the event dates prolong from September 2023 to Might 2024.
The lottery witnesses the division of the collaborating golf equipment into 10 teams, so that every group consists of 4 golf equipment, because the West Asian golf equipment are divided into teams from the primary to the fifth, whereas the East golf equipment are divided into teams from the sixth to the tenth.
Among the many 40 competing golf equipment within the group stage, 32 rivals have already been recognized, whereas the remaining eight seats might be decided by 8 matches within the preliminary spherical of the playoffs, which might be held tomorrow, Tuesday. Be aware that the lottery system stipulates that no two groups from one nation might be in the identical group.
Within the East, the record of golf equipment collaborating within the group stage consists of former champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers from South Korea.
In the meantime, defending champions Urawa Pink Diamonds of Japan should overcome Hong Kong’s Le Mans within the preliminary play-off on Tuesday, August 22, earlier than they will embark on their journey with ambitions of profitable their fourth title.
In the meantime, the Western area is witnessing the presence of 4 former champions, specifically Al-Hilal Membership of Saudi Arabia and its citizen Al-Ittihad, Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates and Al-Sadd of Qatar, as these golf equipment look ahead to regaining the continental throne.
The distribution of the degrees of the collaborating golf equipment within the draw for the group stage of the AFC Champions League 2023/2024 is as follows:
First stage: Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia), Persepolis (Iran), Al-Sadd (Qatar), Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan), Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia).
Pot 2: Sepahan (Iran), Al-Duhail (Qatar), Nasaf (Uzbekistan), Al-Fayhaa (Saudi Arabia), Nasaji Mazandaran (Iran).
Pot 3: Al Faisaly (Jordan), Esteghlal (Tajikistan), Air Pressure (Iraq), Ahal (Turkmenistan), Mumbai Metropolis (India).
Fourth stage: Al Ain (UAE), Al Nasr (Saudi Arabia) or Shabab Al Ahli (UAE), Tractor (Iran) or Sharjah (UAE), Al Arabi (Qatar) or AGMK (Uzbekistan), Al Wakra (Qatar) or Navbahor ( Uzbekistan).
Pot 1: Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea), Yokohama Marinos (Japan), Wuhan Three Cities (China), Buriram United (Thailand), Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (South Korea).
Pot 2: Ventforet Kofu (Japan), Shandong Taishan (China), Bangkok United (Thailand), Pohang Steelers (South Korea), Kawasaki Frontale (Japan).
Pot Three: Hanoi (Vietnam), Kaya Iloilo (Philippines), Johor Darul Azim (Malaysia), Melbourne Metropolis (Australia), Lion Metropolis Sailors (Singapore).
Pot 4: Kitchi (Hong Kong), Incheon United (Korea Republic) or Haiphong (Vietnam), Urawa Pink Diamonds (Japan) or Li Man (Hong Kong), Zhejiang (China) or Port (Thailand), Shanghai Port (China) ) or Pathum United (Thailand).
On the finish of the group stage, the first-placed golf equipment within the ten teams qualify for the spherical of 16, together with the three greatest second-placed golf equipment in every area.
The elimination spherical competitions might be held from February to April of subsequent 12 months, with the 2 remaining spherical matches going down on Might 11 and Might 18, 2024.