Schedule for new club competitions’ seasons confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: Following the decision to transition the AFC Club Competitions from its current Spring-Autumn season to Autumn-Spring on February 25, 2022, the AFC Executive Committee has today approved the new calendar of the 2023/2024 AFC Champions League™ and AFC Cup™ seasons.
The AFC Champions League™ 2023/2024 edition is set to kick off with the Preliminary Stage 1 on August 8, 2023, while the Group Stage is scheduled to take place from September 18 to December 13, 2023.
Asia’s pathway to the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup™ 2027 confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has approved the qualification format for Asia’s Road to the FIFA World Cup 2026 as well as the AFC Asian Cup™ 2027 in preparation of the eight direct spots and single Intercontinental Playoff slot allocated to the AFC by FIFA following the expansion of the FIFA World Cup 2026 to 48 teams.
The new qualification format has been established after several consultation and dialogue sessions with the AFC Member Associations (MAs), briefings with the AFC Competitions Committee, as well as the Confederation’s key stakeholders.
ASEAN Wrap: Albirex blow title race wide open in Singapore
Kuala Lumpur: Albirex Niigata (S) breathed new life into the Singapore Premier League title race after defeating leaders Lion City Sailors 4-2 on Friday to move within two points of the top with a game in hand.
Hanoi FC won the top-of-the-table clash in Vietnam by beating Song Lam Nghe An to extend their lead to four points, while Sabah's victory in Malaysia saw them move to within a point of leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Elsewhere, there were matches in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the action from around ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Marinos stretch lead in Japan; title rivals win in Korea
Hong Kong: The top two met in Japan over the weekend and frontrunners Yokohama F. Marinos dealt a huge blow to their title rivals by seeing off second-placed Kashima Antlers 2-0 to move eight points clear.
The gap in Korea Republic remains five points with pacesetters Ulsan Hyundai and second-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors both recording wins, while there were also fixtures in Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.