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The matches of the West Asian teams will be played from (the 14th to the 30th of April), and the East Asian teams from (the 21st of April until the 7th of May).
While he will play the 16th round, and the 8th round of one match, the semi-finals and the final will play from two matches (home and away).
In its statement, the AFC confirmed that the member federations will be invited to host the matches, after the draw for the 2021 AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup 2021, which will be held on Wednesday 27 January 2021.
The last version of the tournament was held in the pool system, in the Qatari capital, Doha, after it was stopped since last March due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, and its title was crowned by the South Korean Ulsan Hyundai with a victory over Iranian Persepolis through a penalty shootout.
The AFC announced the holding of the tournament’s draw, on the 27th of this month, in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur
The tournament is witnessing record participation in terms of number of teams, during the 2021 edition, as two groups were added, one for the East and the other for the West, and the tournament was expanded to include 40 clubs instead of 32.
The clubs of Al-Hilal Saudi, Al-Duhail, Al-Qataryan, Iranian Persepolis and Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates came in the first level of the draw in the western region.
And in the second level: Al-Nasr, Al-Ahly, the Saudis, the Iranian Tractor, and the Emirati youth of Al-Ahly Dubai.
The third level came as follows: the Jordanian units, Pakhtakor, Uzbek independence, and Indian Goa.
As for the fourth level, it will include the Iraqi Police and the rest of the extension clubs.
In terms of qualifying matches, the AFC has set 4 encounters for Western clubs, on the 7th of April.
The Qatari Al-Gharafa meets with the Uzbek Ajmak, the Saudi unit with the Iraqi air force, the Iranian Foulad with the Emirati Al-Ain, and the Emirati unit with the Iraqi Al-Zawraa.