AFC World Cup Qualifying Final Round Coverage Begins on September 2


AFC Champions League Round of 16 Action Starts September 13


Paramount+ today announced coverage details for the start of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competitions in September, including the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Final Round and AFC Champions League.

AFC World Cup Qualifying Final Round action begins on Thursday, Sept. 2 with every match on Paramount+. Asia’s top 12 nations will compete in 60 Final Round matches through March 2022. The top two AFC national teams in both groups will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with all five qualifiers to the previous World Cup in Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia vying for a spot. The AFC Asian Playoff, where the third-place teams in each group will face off for a potential fifth spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will also stream live on Paramount+ in Summer 2022. 


AFC Champions League Round of 16 action kicks off on Monday, Sept. 13 with eight matches on Paramount+. All 15 AFC Champions League matches through the Final in November will stream live on Paramount+.

Paramount+ will deliver more than 300 AFC club and national team matches live through 2024. Coverage will also include the AFC Women’s Asian Cup beginning in January 2022, which also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023, while coverage of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 begins in June 2023. Additional coverage details will be announced in advance of each respective competition.

Paramount+, a leading destination for U.S. soccer fans, features more than 2,000 live matches each year. The extensive portfolio of soccer properties includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League; NWSL; The Women’s Cup; Concacaf national team competitions (Men’s World Cup Qualifiers, Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, Men’s Nations League and Women’s Nations League); Italy's Serie A; Argentina's Liga Profesional de Fútbol; Brazil's Campeonato Brasileirão Série A; the Scottish Professional Football League (cinch Premiership, cinch Championship and Premier Sports Cup); and Asian Football Confederation competitions (AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, AFC Champions League, AFC Women's Asian Cup and AFC Asian Cup).


AFC World Cup Qualifying Schedule Through September

All matches on Paramount+

Thursday, September 2:

Japan vs. Oman 6:00 AM, ET

Korea Republic vs. Iraq 7:00 AM, ET

Iran vs. Syria 12:00 PM, ET

UAE vs. Lebanon 12:45 PM, ET

Saudi Arabia vs. Vietnam 2:00 PM, ET

Australia vs. China 2:00 PM, ET


Tuesday, September 7:

Korea Republic vs. Lebanon 7:00 AM, ET

Vietnam vs. Australia 8:00 AM, ET

China vs. Japan 11:00 AM, ET

Syria vs. UAE 12:00 PM, ET

Oman vs. Saudi Arabia 12:00 PM, ET

Iraq vs. Iran 2:00 PM, ET



AFC Champions League Schedule Through September

All matches on Paramount+

Monday, September 13:

Esteghlal vs. Al Hilal 1:00 PM, ET


Tuesday, September 14:

Nagoya Grampus vs. Daegu 5:00 AM, ET

Ulsan Hyundai vs. Kawasaki Frontale 7:00 AM, ET

Istiklol vs. Persepolis 11:00 AM, ET

Al Nassr vs. Tractor 12:00 PM, ET

Sharjah vs. Al Wahda 1:00 PM, ET


Wednesday, September 15:

Jeonbuk Hyundai vs. BG Pathum United 4:30 AM, ET

Cerezo Osaka vs. Pohang Steelers 5:00 AM, ET


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