The Lion City Sailors’ first steps in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) will be taken in Buriram, Thailand. 

Earlier today, the AFC confirmed the host nations for the (East) group stage matches of the 2022 edition of the competition, which will be held from 15 April to 1 May.

The Sailors have been drawn in Group F, alongside China’s Shandong Taishan, two-time ACL winners, Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan, and the winners of the playoff stage fixture between South Korea’s Daegu FC and Buriram United.

Buriram United play their home matches at the Chang Arena in Buriram, a province some 400km northeast of the Thai capital of Bangkok. 

Bangkok is the host city for the ACL’s Group G, a group that will feature Australia’s Melbourne City, Thailand’s BG Pathum United, Korean FA Cup winners Jeonnam Dragons and the Philippines’ United City FC. Group J will also be hosted in Thailand.

Group H, will be hosted in the Vietnamese capital of Ho Chi Minh, while Group I will be hosted in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.