The 2022 edition of the AFC Champions League has officially kicked off with Asia’s best teams vying to be crowned champions of the continent.
Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal claimed the title last year after defeating Pohang Steelers 2-0 in the final.
Here’s everything you need to know about the current campaign…
AFC Champions League quarter-finals fixtures and results
|August 22||16:00||Vissel Kobe vs. Jeonbuk||Saitama Stadium|
|August 22||20:00||Urawa Red Diamonds vs. BG Pathum United||Saitama Stadium|
AFC Champions League Round of 16 fixtures and results
|August 18||17:00||Daegu FC 1-2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Urawa Komaba Stadium|
|August 18||20:00||Vissel Kobe 3-2 Yokohama F. Marinos||Saitama Stadium|
|August 19||17:00||BG Pathum United 4-0 Kitchee||Urawa Komaba Stadium|
|August 19||20:00||Johor Darul Ta’zim 0-5 Urawa Red Diamonds||Saitama Stadium|
|Feb 3/4, 2023||TBC||Al-Hilal vs. Shabab Al-Ahli||TBC|
|Feb 3/4, 2023||TBC||Al-Shabab vs. Nasaf Qarshi||TBC|
|Feb 3/4, 2023||TBC||Al-Duhail vs. Al-Rayyan||TBC|
|Feb 3/4, 2023||TBC||Al-Faisaly vs. Foolad||TBC|
When are games being played for the AFC Champions League 2022?
|Date (East Region)||Date (West Region)|
|Group stage MD1||April 15-16||April 7-8|
|Group stage MD2||April 18-19||April 10-11|
|Group stage MD3||April 21-22||April 14-15|
|Group stage MD4||April 24-25||April 18-19|
|Group stage MD5||April 27-28||April 22-23|
|Group stage MD6||April 30 – May 1||April 26-27|
|Round of 16||August 18-19||February 3-4 (2023)|
|Quarter-finals||August 22||February 7 (2023)|
|Semi-finals||August 25||February 10 (2023)|
|Final (First leg)||February 19, 2023|
|Final (Second leg)||February 26, 2023|
The AFC Champions League group stage was supposed to begin in February but was delayed by two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That delay means the entire group stage has been squeezed into a single month with the final then not taking place until February 2023.
Every knockout fixture aside from the final will be contested across a single leg.
The next edition of the AFC Champions League isn’t expected to begin until the middle of 2023.
How to watch and stream the AFC Champions League in 2022
ViacomCBS are a major broadcaster of the AFC Champions League with all games available via their streaming service Paramount+ in a range of territories.
The platform has become a big player of late when it comes to football rights.
Which teams remain in AFC Champions League this year?
A total of 39 teams competed in the AFC Champions League group stage after Shanghai Port were forced to withdraw due to China’s COVID situation. The competition was expanded from 32 to 40 teams in 2021.
These are the teams still vying for the title:
|Shabab Al-Ahli||United Arab Emirates||West|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||South Korea||East|
|BG Pathum United||Thailand||East|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan||East|
AFC Champions League prize money: How much do teams get?
Aside from the actual title, progressing in and winning the ACL brings with it a significant amount of prize money for clubs.
This is how the prize money will be distributed in 2022:
|Result||Prize money (USD)|
|Group stage win||$50,000|
|Group stage draw||$10,000|
|Round of 16||$100,000|
AFC Champions League past winners
Al-Hilal became the competition’s most successful club when they collected their fourth title in 2021.
They were previously level with Pohang Steelers, who have lifted the trophy three times.
South Korea remain the most successful country in the ACL with their clubs lifting the title 12 times.
Here are the most recent AFC Champions League winners:
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2017|
|Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||2016|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2014|