Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2020 - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has expressed its appreciation for the Qatari football association's support in ensuring the success of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced earlier today that it will host the AFC Champions League (East). The competition will have 16 teams from China, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. The winners will face their counterpart from the West.
The AFC said in a statement on its website that the Champions League (East), which will be played between November 18 and Dec. 13, 2020, follows the successful completion of the AFC Champions League (West) in Qatar.
"Everything from the arrival of the teams, the efficient immigration process, the rigorous health screenings, hotels with biosecurity measures, to the state-of-the-art training facilities and stadiums were of the highest possible standard as the AFC insisted that the welfare and well-being of the players, officials and match officials was our top priority," AFC General-Secretary Dato Windsor John said.
"We recognize the huge amount of work undertaken by the QFA, in conjunction with the AFC, the Qatar Local Authorities and Ministries, to ensure the smooth delivery of the AFC Champions League (West) and we look forward to a similarly positive collaboration for the AFC Champions League (East)," he added.
The matches will be held on four different stadiums and will see strict health measures implemented to ensure the safety of everyone taking part. Qatar carried out 7900 tests during the AFC Champions League (West) competition, with the positive results not surpassing 1.7 percent.