AFC will extend group stage of the Asian Champions League due to coronavirus

HONG KONG: group stage matches in the Asian Champions League could be held until the end of July, the Asian Football Confederation he said on Monday, while the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect the calendar of the mainland club competition.

The confederation said after an emergency meeting at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur that measures would be taken to extend the group's phase beyond its scheduled completion at the end of May until the end of June.

However, if the local league and cup matches continue to be postponed in Japan, South Korea and China, arrangements have been made to play the Asia Champions League matches as late as July to ensure that the competition can be completed this year.

The confederation said it expects to have a recently updated list of matches for the group phase of the competition established before March 16 after a meeting to be held next weekend.

the AFC announced the first leg matches in the round of 16 will now be played on August 11 and 12 with the return meetings two weeks later, while the first leg of the quarter-finals will be held on September 15 and 16. the second legs will be played on September 29 and 30.

Los partidos de semifinales se jugarán el 20 y 21 de octubre con the enfrentamientos de regreso una semana después, con las fechas de la final de dos patas sin cambios el 22 y 28 de noviembre.

the fate of a raft of World Cup qualifying matches due to be played later this month will be discussed during a meeting on March 7 and 8.