The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that the AFC Champions League Final will be played in Doha, Qatar on December 19.
Qatar recently held the group and knock-out stages of AFC Champions League 2020 (West) and will also host the rest of the AFC Champions League 2020 (East) matches next month.
The AFC said that Doha was chosen as the Qatar Football Association (QFA) met the hosting capability and capacity requirements, including medical infrastructure to host the match.
AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, said that the QFA’s ability to successfully hold the West region matches was a testament to the capability of the association.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly made the decision on the venue for this year’s Final more complex particularly in these uncertain times of travel and health restrictions,” Dato’ Windsor John, said in a statement on the AFC’s website.
“In addition to the numerous restrictions, the AFC also wanted to protect the important principle of sporting fair play. This will be, unlike previous years, a one-off final and we therefore needed to ensure that there was no unfair advantage to one team or the other.
“The safety and wellbeing of all participating clubs as well as the protection of all stakeholders has been crucial to the AFC so we must thank the Qatar Football Association and the Qatar Local Authorities and Ministries for putting in place the necessary health measures and effective medical protocols.
In deciding the venue for the final the AFC also considered technical arrangements for Video Assistant Referee, along with medical requirements and commercial obligations.
“Given the success of hosting the centralised West region matches in close collaboration with the AFC, and the preparation for the centralised East matches next month, we are confident that we will be able to deliver an outstanding AFC Champions League Final,” QFA Secretary General Mansoor Mohammed Al-Ansari, said about the announcement.
“Qatar wishes to reiterate our commitment to provide world-class sporting infrastructure and operational and health and safety expertise and we look forward towards working hand-in-hand with the AFC to offer Asia’s best clubs with the ultimate stage in December.”
The group stage of the East region of the AFC Champions League Final starts on November 18. The winner of the East region will then play Iranian club Persepolis FC in the final in Doha on December 19.