The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will mark the start of a new era of national and club team competitions by further investing in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the AFC Champions League – one of the world’s most prestigious Continental competitions
At the second AFC Executive Committee meeting of the 2019-2023 cycle, chaired by longest-serving AFC Vice President and FIFA Council member, Saoud Al Mohannadi, in the absence of President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, it was decided to grow the two competitions.
From the 2021 season, the AFC Champions League will be expanded to 40 clubs with an extra group of four being added in both the East and West zones and further growing the reputation of one of the richest Continental club competitions in the world.
This expansion will take place without any change to the existing slots for the top six Member Associations.
In 2022, there will be four more teams in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup – going from eight in the last edition in Jordan to 12 in the next tournament. At present, the AFC have proposals from Chinese Taipei, India and Uzbekistan to host the tournament and with the added four teams, there will be further opportunities for more players, teams and Members Associations.