June 26, 2022

The Asian Football Confederation has announced Saudi Arabia to host all five groups in the western half of the Asian Champions League.

According to the federation, Riyadh will host matches that involve defending champions Al Hilal in their home city in Group A, featuring Qatar’s Al Rayyan, Istiklol from Turkmenistan, and a playoff winner.

Group B, which involves Al Jazira from the United Arab Emirates, Mumbai City, Iraq’s Air Force Club, and Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia will also play in Riyadh.

In Group C, Jeddah will be hosting Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, Foolad from Iran, Al Gharafa of Qatar and Turkmenistan’s Ahal. While Group D matches, featuring Sepahan of Iran, Al Duhail from Qatar, Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor and a playoff winner, will be held in Buraidah.

Group E matches will be played in Dammam and will feature Qatar’s Al Sadd, Al Faisaly from Saudi Arabia, Jordanian side Al Wehdat and a playoff winner.

The Matches are currently scheduled to begin on April 7 with the winners of each group that would advance to the last 16 alongside the three clubs with the best runners-up records.

The venues for the five groups in the eastern side of the draw were announced last month, with matches to be played in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The games in the east will kick off on April 15.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the group phase in this year’s Asian Champions League is being played in centralised biosecure bubbles to limit travel.