AFC Champions League 2023 Fixtures, Schedule & How to Watch Match in India
The 40th edition of the AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier club football tournament begins on 14 April 2023. The tournament is the first to involve 40 teams during the group stage, with an increase from the previous 32 teams. How to watch AFC Champions League live streaming online or on TV channel in India? AFC Champions League fixtures and schedule.
The winners of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2023 AFC Champions League, entering the qualifying play-offs, if they have not qualified through their domestic performance. The winners of the 2023 AFC Champions League will also qualify for the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, and if they are from Japan, the runners-up will also qualify.
South Korean club Ulsan Hyundai are the defending champions, having won 2023 final. This is the first time that FC Goa will be representing India in the competition.
The 40 teams will be divided into ten groups with the winners of each group advancing to the knockout stage. The six best second-placed teams three from the East Region and three from the West will also qualify and progress to the knockout stage.
The West Region fixtures will be held between April 14-30, while the corresponding East ones will take place between June and July 20. The 40 teams will be divided into ten groups of four teams per group. Five of these ten groups feature teams from East Asia, while the other five are made up of West Asian Teams.
Each time of a group will play the other teams in the group twice. Teams from East Asia and West Asia are seeded separate entirely until the final match of the tournament. winners of the group stages are drawn against the runner ups, and at each stage of the knockouts, teams play twice, home and away. The final is contested between winners of West Asia group v/s Winners of East Asia Group.
The following 40 teams will be partaking in the competition in 2023-
- Beijing Guoan
- Kawasaki Frontale
- Gamba Osaka
- Nagoya Grampus
- Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
- Ulsan Hyundai
- Pohang Steelers
- BG Pathum United
- Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
- Sydney FC
- United City
- Johor Darul Ta’zim
- Tampines Rovers
- Shabab Al-Ahli
- F.C. Goa
AFC Champions League 2023 Fixtures
Wednesday, April 14
Persepolis FC vs Al Wahda – 8:00 PM IST
FC Goa vs Al Rayyan – 10:30 PM IST
Saturday, April 17
Al Wahda vs FC Goa – 8:00 PM IST
Al Rayyan SC vs Persepolis FC – 10:30 PM IST
Tuesday, April 20
Al Wahda vs Al Rayyan – 8:00 PM IST
Persepolis FC vs FC Goa – 10:30 PM IST
Friday, April 23
Al Rayyan SC vs Al Wahda – 8:30 PM IST
FC Goa vs Persepolis FC – 10:30 PM IST
Monday, April 26
Al Wahda vs Persepolis FC – 8:00 PM IST
Al Rayyan vs FC Goa – 10:30 PM IST
Thursday, April 29
Persepolis FC vs Al Rayyan – 8:00 PM IST
FC Goa vs Al Wahda – 10:30 PM IST
Schedule for AFC Champions League 2023
The AFC Champions League group stage begins on Wednesday, April 14 for West Asia and From June 21 for East Asia.
The Round of 16 Matches would be held from 13-15 September 2023.
Quarter Finals will be held between 27-29 September 2023.
Semi Finals would be held from 19–20 October 2023 for the 1st leg ; 26–27 October 2023 for the 2nd leg
Finals of AFC Champions League 2023 will be held on 21 November 2023 for the 1st Leg ; 27 November 2023 for the 2nd leg.
The venues for all the matches of AFC Champions League 2023 are limited because of the Covid-19 Situation. Following are the venues for the competition
- Groups A and D: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Group B: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- Group C: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Group E: Margao, India
- Groups F, G and J: Thailand
- Groups H and I: The venues for these groups will be announced later.
AFC Champions League 2023 Live Streaming in India
The broadcasting rights for the AFC Champions League in India is acquired by Star Sports 3 TV channel in India for all matches of FC Goa. All the other matches can be streamed using Disney+ Hotstar.
Download the Hotstar app to watch AFC Champions League 2023 live streaming matches in India.