How to watch 2021 AFC Champions League matches live in Australia
Just 16 teams are left in the battle to be crowned Asian football champions. Here’s how you can catch the action.
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The AFC Champions League, also known as the Asian Champions League, is a club football competition open to teams from right across the continent.
Following a series of qualifying matches and criteria, 32 teams make the main tournament, split into 8 groups. They initially compete in a round robin format. The top 2 teams in each group then progress to the knockout rounds. Full details are below.
No Australian teams remain in this year's competition.
When is the AFC Champions League?
The group stage of this year's AFC Champions League got underway in April. The teams play each side in their group home and away.
Round of 16 matches get underway on Monday 13 September 2021 when Iranian team Esteghlal FC take on Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal SFC. kick-off is at 7:30pm AEST. Other Round of 16 matches follow on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 September.
When will the Asian Champions League be played?
The final will be played on 23 November 2021. A time and venue is yet to be confirmed.
How to watch AFC Champions League live
Broadcasting rights for Australian football and its related competitions have been won by Channel 10, its US owner ViacomCBS, and its new streaming service Paramount Plus, which launched in Australia in August.
Stream the Asian Champions League on Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus officially launched in Australia on August 11 and costs $8.99 a month. It is unclear if Paramount Plus will have subscription tiers and what's included in the $8.99.
The new service will be the home of Australian football, encompassing the media rights for all national teams (Socceroos, Westfield Matildas, Young Socceroos, Young Matildas, Joeys and Westfield Junior Matildas) as well as AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, AFC Asian Cups and, other AFC tournaments until 31 December 2024.
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