Qatar will host the group games through to the semi-finals in a condensed period from September 14 to October 3, the AFC said.
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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has been confirmed as the host member association for the 2020 AFC Champions League matches in the West region from the group stage to the semi-finals, which will take place from September 14 to October 3, 2020.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had earlier reiterated its commitment to complete the 2020 AFC Club Competitions in a centralised venue with all matches in the group stage for both the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup to be played in full and the knock-out stages consisting of single match ties.
The competition’s East zone host was not yet announced as the member associations have time until July 24 to submit bids.
The continental club championship, featuring 32 teams stretching from Saudi Arabia in the west to Japan in the east, was suspended in March after just a handful of matches as travel restrictions kicked in across Asia to contain the pandemic.
Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG, Shanghai Shenhua and Guangzhou Evergrande are yet to play any group matches after travel restrictions were imposed on teams from China.