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AFC Champions League group stages to be played in centralized venues

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The group stage of the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League this year will be played at centralized venues, according to the schedule of Asia's elite club competition on Monday.

The AFC Champions League group stage west region matches will be scheduled between April 14 to 30 while the east region matches are planned for April 21 to May 7, 2021, according to the schedule.

The AFC Champions League 2021 knockout matches in the Round of 16 are scheduled for September 13 to 15 and the quarterfinals on September 27 to 29. Both rounds will be played as single matches.

The AFC Champions League semifinals will be over two legs on October 19 to 20 and 26 to 27, before the two-legged final on November 21 and 27.

The AFC Cup, Asia's secondary continental club competition, will follow a similar format with the group stage played in centralized venues.

"Once again, the AFC will put the safety and welfare of all its stakeholders as its overriding priority, but we demonstrated with the successful AFC Champions League in 2020 that the unity, solidarity and strong leadership of the AFC can deliver its club competitions in the most challenging of times," said Windsor John, the AFC general secretary. Enditem