Saudi Arabia to Host AFC Champions League Elite Finals in 2024/2025 and 2025/2026 Seasons
Saudi Arabia has been chosen as the host country for the final stage of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Elite for the 2024/2025 and 2025/2026 seasons.
The AFC officially announced today that the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) will be hosting the final stage of the tournament for these two seasons. The final stage of the tournament will start from the Quarter Finals.
Throughout the tournament, the top 24 Asian clubs will compete in two leagues consisting of 12 teams each, representing the West and East regions.
Each team will play eight matches, and the winners will then compete in a home and away league format to advance to the Round of 16. The winners of the Round of 16 will proceed to the final stage, beginning with the Quarter Finals, which will be hosted by the Kingdom.
The final stage matches are scheduled to take place from April 25 to May 4, 2025. The winner of the tournament will receive a prize of US$12 million, while the runner-up will be awarded a prize of US$6 million.
SAFF President Yasser Almisehal expressed his appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s selection as the host of the AFC Champions League Elite finals.
He described it as an extension of the country’s hosting of various regional, continental, and global championships, which is made possible through the support of the leadership and the minister of sport.