The Asian Champions League will now develop to 40 clubs from 2021, up from its present 32 – with the development to come from the addition of a single group every in the East and West regions.

But it will not imply any a lot more ACL spots for the leading six member associations, with other counntries having the nod alternatively.

Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal are set to meet across the two legs of the 2019 ACL’s final from November 9.

The AFC also announced the AFC Women’s Asian Cup – which doubles as Women’s Globe Cup qualifying for the confederation – will expand from its present allotment of eight nations to 12 from 2022.

Chinese Taipei, India and Uzbekistan are at the moment bidding for the coming tournament, which Japan will enter as defending champions following defeating Australia 1- in the 2018 final.

Australia, Japan and South Korea – possibly alongside North Korea – have all expressed an interest in bringing the 2023 Women’s Globe Cup to Asia.

“We have been the initial Confederation to have at least 5 females ExCo Members and a single of the couple of to appoint a lady referee to men’s competitions in the AFC Cup.” AFC President Saoud Al Mohannadi stated.

“And a single of our Executive Members, Kanya Keomany, will be the initial female match commissioner to be appointed for a men’s club competitors final – the AFC Cup final at the start off of subsequent month.

“The start off of the new Industrial cycle, with our exclusive partners, DDMC Fortis, is the ideal time to launch this new era in Asian football.

“It will be an era of excellence and inclusiveness.”

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