New continental season will see a new Champions League format. 40 teams will now feature in the competition proper with 10 groups of four teams each. Top team from each group and six best second placed teams (three in each zone) will qualify to the second round. For the first time ever, group stage will feature teams from Jordan, India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (West) and Philippines (East). Singapore representative returns after a long wait. Competition will start with two preliminary rounds, same as before, single-leg knock-out format. Pairings are already known, with Esteghlal - Al-Ain being the most interesting. If all goes well, preliminary rounds will be play in March and April with group stage play set to start in April. Final is scheduled for 21/27 November 2021.