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UAE 2019 success paves the way for AFC Champions League expansion


Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John believes the expansion of the AFC Champions League will mirror the success of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

The AFC’s marquee competition was expanded from 16 to 24 teams which saw the Philippines and Kyrgyz Republic making their debuts while Vietnam and India’s heroic performances were commended.

The positive impact of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will see the AFC Champions League from the 2021 season expanded to 40 clubs, further growing the reputation of one of the richest Continental club competitions in the world.

Dato’ Windsor John said the additional teams in the AFC Champions League will further elevate the development of the sport in the Continent.

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“Competitions drive development and by expanding the AFC Champions League, more of our Member Associations will stand a chance to qualify for the competition. And to do so, more Asian clubs will look to improve on their facilities to help them reach their goal.

“There will be an additional eight clubs from the 2021 season and that will see more clubs improving their facilities. This is an important decision but it shows that the AFC is committed of finding new ways of improving our club competitions.”

The expansion of the AFC Champions League will be discussed further and presented to the Competitions Committee later this month.

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