The Asian Champions League could play a second season in centralized hub venues next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the competition’s organizer said Friday.
The 2020 edition restarted this month after a pause since March with all western region games being played in Qatar. The 16-team eastern half should restart in November in venues to be decided.
Similar formats are being considered for the 2021 edition — which starts in January with qualifying rounds — to overcome travel limits making it hard for teams to compete.
Centralized formats are definitely on the table, Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John said Friday.
The AFC was left with no choice but to use venue hubs this season, John said during an online panel at the Soccerex conference.
He cited closed borders and lack of flights across the continent adding to time pressure to complete the 2020…