AFC Champions League 2017 slot allocation and draw date set
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has finalised the slot allocations for the 2017 edition of the AFC Champions League (ACL).
The official draw for the AFC Champions League will be held at 1600hrs (local time), December 13, 2016 at the Hilton Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
A club, who will be allocated a slot in any of the below stages depending on their Member Associations’ (MA) ranking, will progress from one level of the competition to the next one as follows.
Preliminary Stage 1 => Preliminary Stage 2 => Play-off Stage => Group Stage.
Losing clubs from an MA with an ACL direct slot will not participate in the AFC Cup, while losing clubs from an MA with an ACL Playoff slot will join the AFC Cup Group Stage.
If a club from an MA with an ACL Playoff slot qualify for the ACL Group Stage, then their allocated AFC Cup Group Stage slot will be given to the next eligible club in their MA (standby club).
The slot allocations are as follows