History beckons for AFC Cup™ 2023/24 contenders as final edition of popular competition kicks off
Kuala Lumpur: Thirty-six teams will go head to head in a bid to assert regional dominance when the AFC Cup™ 2023/24 Group Stage kicks off for one last time on September 18.
The 19th and final edition of the AFC Cup™ will see the teams from the Confederation’s five zones play a total of 123 matches before the ultimate champions are crowned in the one-legged Final on May 5, 2024, bringing down the curtains on one of the AFC’s most popular club competitions, characterised by memorable matches and breathtaking action.
Tadanari Lee to bring down curtain on glittering career
Singapore: Japan’s AFC Asian Cup winner Tadanari Lee has announced he will retire at the end of the season, more than 12 years after scoring the only goal in the final of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™.
Lee, who is currently playing for Albirex Niigata Singapore, struck in extra time in the decider in Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium as the Samurai Blue defeated Australia to win the AFC Asian Cup for a record fourth time.
AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™: Record 74 match officials named; historic debut for women officials beckons
Kuala Lumpur: With less than four months to go to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, the largest-ever cast of 74 match officials have been appointed to the Continental showpiece, which is scheduled to be held from 12 January to 10 February 2024 across nine world-class venues.
A total of 35 referees and 39 assistant referees – including two standby nominees for each position – from 18 Member Associations have been selected based on their game management skills and competence, technical knowledge, physical fitness as well as performances delivered at the highest levels of both Continental and global football in recent years.
Asia’s best gear up for #ACL 2023/24 as final edition of flagship set to kick off
Kuala Lumpur: The cream of Asia’s crop will begin their quest to scale the Continent’s peak next week when the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group Stage gets underway for one last time before the 2024/25 season’s eagerly anticipated unveiling of a new portfolio of competitions.
The 21st and final edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s flagship club competition will run from September 2023 to May 2024, with 40 participating clubs – divided into 10 groups during last month’s draw – from 21 Member Associations.
Kuala Lumpur: Eight teams have their sights set on overcoming one final qualifying hurdle next week to secure their place at the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024.
The second round of Qualifiers will run from September 19 to 24 and involves two groups of four, with the top two teams from each to join the three highest-seeded sides from the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – current holders Japan, DPR Korea and China PR - and hosts Indonesia in the Finals.