The Asian Football Confederation has postponed the play-offs for the 2022 edition of the Asian Champions until early 2023, to make way for the continent’s teams to better prepare for the 2022 World Cup, according to what was announced in a press release today, as well as due to travel conditions due to the Corona virus. This is a precedent in the history of the competition, which has been held in one year, since the launch of the modern version.
The final will take place from home and away on February 19 and 26, 2023. In the Western region, the playoffs will be held starting from February 3, 2023, according to the pool system. In Al Sharq, the group stage until the semi-finals will be held between April and August 2022, according to the pool. Contrary to usual, the next World Cup will be held next November in Qatar, due to the high summer temperatures in the Gulf region.
The group stage “West” will be held in two rounds, with the assembly system, between 7 and 27 April. The playoffs will also be held in the pool system, but from one match in 2023: the round of 16 on February 3 and 4, the quarter-finals on February 7, and the semi-finals on February 10.
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