A new season starts and also a new era for the competition, a new format and many historic debuts will happen starting for the historic debut of an Afghan club in AFC competitions, Shaheen Asmayee have the honour of being the first representant from Afghanistan not only in the AFC Cup also in an AFC competition and they will play against another debutant, Khosilot from Tajikistan.
Also another historic debut will be from Kigwancha from DPR Korea and the historic and traditional clubof April 25 returns to an AFC Competition, they and Kigwancha will play directly from the group stage.
Colombo FC and Thimpu City from Bhutan, Magwe from Myanmar, Ceres Negros from Philippines and Lanexang United from Laos will make their historic debuts too in this new edition of the competition.
Alay Osh from Kyrgyzstan will compete for the 2nd time in the competition
Many teams that competed in the former AFC President´s Cup will feature in this edition, Taiwan Power Company, Tatung, Dordoi Bishkek, Balkan from Turkmenistan, Phnom Penh Crown, Erchim, Abahani Dhaka from Bangladesh