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AFC announces upcoming season dates for club competitions

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AMMAN — Following the decision to transition the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Club Competitions from its current Spring-Autumn season to Autumn-Spring on February 25, 2022, the AFC Executive Committee approved on Monday the new calendar of the 2023–2024 AFC Champions League and AFC Cup seasons.اضافة اعلان

In a press statement, AFC announced that the AFC Champions League is set to kick off with Preliminary Stage 1 on August 8, 2023, while the Group Stage is scheduled to take place from September 18 to December 13, 2023.

The knockout stage will be held from February 12 to April 24, 2024, before the two-legged final is staged on May 11 and 18, 2024.

Meanwhile, the AFC Cup season will commence with the Preliminary Stage on August 1, 2023, while the Group Stage is set to be held from September 18 to December 14, before the zonal Semi-finals take place from February 2024, followed by the single-leg Final on May 5, 2024.

The recommendation to eliminate the away goals rule as a tiebreaker option was also approved and instead extra time and, if necessary, kicks from the penalty mark will be used to determine the winner of tied home and away matches.

This will be implemented in the AFC Club Competitions from the 2023-2024 season onwards.

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