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2018 Asian Champions League  

Clovis
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For those that are interested, the Asian Champions League 2018 is just a few months away.  Below is the timetable for the competition.  Sydney FC already qualifies for the Group Stage, which will be drawn sometime in December 2017 with Sydney’s first match happening between 12 and 14 February 2018.

There will be eight groups drawn from 32 teams with West Asian teams being allocated into Groups A to D and East Asian teams being allocated into Groups E to H.  The first 24 teams are mostly known, with the remaining 8 teams be determined by the winners of the playoff rounds. 

Below are the current known teams.  In Japan the Emperor’s Cup final will not be played until 1 January 2018 and there are still three rounds to go in the J League so two of the three Japanese teams are currently unknown.  Same deal with the Korean FA Cup in which the Final is played as a two-game home and away system with the last game happening on 3 December 2017. 

Rules of the competition

www.the-afc.com/uploads/afc/files/acl_2018_competition_regulations_14092017.pdf

Wiki Page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_AFC_Champions_League

Edited: 2 weeks  ago

Jean-Paul Sartre:  "In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

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Posted : November 12, 2017 5:30 pm
testament
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Cheers for posting this, I'm really looking forward to a potential away trip depending on who we draw. Not long to find out now...would love either the Thai or Hong Kong team.

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Former Besiktas teammate

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Posted : November 19, 2017 12:55 pm
Clovis
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Because of the way the teams are drawn it is almost impossible to not get a Japanese team.  No country can have two teams in the one group, there are four groups, Japan already has three in the group stage and there are Japanese teams in the playoffs for the fourth spot.  Japan is always a good value away trip. 

Also, any draw that allows you to spend time in the Hanoi French and Old Quarters is well worth it. 

 

Jean-Paul Sartre:  "In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

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Posted : November 24, 2017 4:43 pm
CountArach
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Thanks for that guide, really useful.

 

It's always fantastic to enter this competition. Just knowing that we actually get to play someone other than the 9 teams we play every other week is worth the price of admission alone.

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Posted : November 24, 2017 10:48 pm
  
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