AFC Club Competitions’ Group Stages to be played in centralised venues
Kuala Lumpur: The biggest-ever Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League and the expanded AFC Cup will be played in centralised group stages in the 2021 season. The AFC Champions League will be held in the West and East Regions while the AFC Cup will be staged across the five AFC Zones.
With the continued support of the Member Associations and participating clubs, the AFC has agreed that the AFC Champions League Group Stage West Region matches will be scheduled between April 14-30 while the East Region are planned for April 21-May 7, 2021.
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The official 2021 AFC Champions League and 2021 AFC Cup draw is scheduled to take place in a virtual ceremony on January 27, 2021 in Malaysia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm (local time) respectively.
Both club competitions will see a record number of clubs competing in 2021 with two additional groups – one each for the East and West Regions – included in this season’s AFC Champions League Group Stage, which has been expanded from 32 to 40 clubs.
Similarly, the number of clubs in the 2021 Group Stage of the ever-growing AFC Cup may rise to 39 clubs from 36 in the last edition in 2019, with a newly-introduced Group for the Central Zone.
Hamed Lak wins Asia’s Choice – Best AFC Champions League Player of 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Persepolis FC goalkeeper Hamed Lak is Asia’s Choice for the Best AFC Champions League Player of 2020.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper resoundingly won the award, which recognises the best performer in the 2020 AFC Champions League season, based on votes from a combination of fans and independent experts.
Lak prevailed ahead of Ulsan Hyundai FC midfielder Yoon Bit-garam, who finished second having received the official award for the competition’s Most Valuable Player following the final in Doha on December 19.
Ellie Carpenter wins Asia’s Choice – Best Women’s Player of 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Australia’s star full-back Ellie Carpenter is Asia’s Choice for the Best Women’s Player of 2020.
The 20-year-old edged out Japan’s Saki Kumagai and national teammates Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr to win the award, which recognises women players from AFC Member Associations for their performances for club and country in the 2020 calendar year.
The youngest player to be shortlisted for the award, Carpenter has been acknowledged for an exceptional 2020, which included achievements for two clubs as well as the Australian women’s national team.