The games for 40 clubs, divided into 10 groups in the continent’s top club competition, were due to start in centralized locations in the East and West zones in April.
Half of the games in the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation’s Champions League were postponed to June and July on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The games for 40 clubs divided into 10 groups in top club competition of the continent were to begin in centralized locations in the east and west zones in April.
However, the five east zone groups, including teams from the regional soccer powers South Korea, China, Japan and Australia, will be delayed until June and July, the AFC said.
The AFC cited « travel restrictions and quarantine issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic » for the delay.
Dates have not yet been set, but Thailand has been selected to host three groups while the venue is for the the other two remains to be decided.
The playoffs of the East Zone, which are due to take place next month to decide on the qualification for the final group stage, have also been postponed and will take place on the dates to be announced in June or July at the central venues.
Saudi Arabia will host three groups, two in Riyadh and one in Jeddah, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates will host another and India, which debuts this year with Goa FC, will be the fifth group align.
There are strict requirements for countries wishing to host games, including the fact that players and officials undergo COVID-19 testing and that medical facilities are up to standard.
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