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No Elite slot for India, Mohun Bagan Super Giant, East Bengal to play in AFC Champions League 2

No Elite slot for India, Mohun Bagan Super Giant, East Bengal to play in AFC Champions League 2

However, India won't have any slots in the AFC Champions League Elite or the AFC Challenge League, which makes a return after a decade.

India secures two berths in the AFC Champions League 2 2024-25, formerly known as the AFC Cup, as per the latest AFC Club Competitions Ranking. With a ranking of 17th in West Asia and 22.806 points, India clinches these spots. Saudi Arabia leads with 103.148 points, but India misses out on the AFC Champions League Elite due to their lower ranking.

No AFC Champions League Elite slot for India

Last year, India lost its sole spot due to underwhelming performances and a low coefficient rating. Mumbai City FC was the last Indian club to compete. AFC rebranded both tournaments as AFC Champions League Elite and AFC Champions League 2. However, India won’t have any slots in the AFC Champions League Elite or the AFC Challenge League, which makes a return after a decade.

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India’s two slots in AFC Champions League 2 2024-25

Slot 1 – Group Stage: The Indian Super League 2023/24 Shiels winners, currently Mohun Bagan Super Giants, gain direct entry to the group stage. They clinched the spot after edging 2-1 past Mumbai City FC.

India secure two spots in AFC Champions League 2, held by Kolkata Giants Mohun Bagan Super Giant, East Bengal

Slot 2 – Qualifying Round Playoffs: The second spot is for the qualifying playoffs, with the winner progressing to the group stages. Presently, East Bengal secured this spot after winning the Super Cup 2024 last season.

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