AFC general secretary Windsor John said the change reflects the new stature of the competitions and will produce significant benefits for the body and its member associations.
Also, Iran's Super Cup will be held between IPL champions Persepolis and Hazfi Cup winners Tractor soccer clubs on October 18. Enditem
According to the schedule, Guoan will continue to be in the Suzhou division and compete with seven other clubs for the CSL championship this year. Its first opponent is Shandong Luneng, who ranked third in the Dalian division in the first stage. As the second phase of the CSL adopts a two-round knockout system, the two sides will start their first fight on October 17.
"We are exhausted," the 32-year-old Pole said after the Bavarian lost 4-1 in Hoffenheim.
Bayern looked more active but wasn't able to create clear-cut chances against a well-positioned Hoffenheim defence.
Emerson scored an own goal in the 48th minute of the game to make it 2-2 after goals from Aissa Mandi and William Carvalho overturned Fede Valverde's 14th minute opener for Real Madrid.
Yao was the title favorite but the 30-year-old failed to clear the bar at 5.30m, although he passed the height of 5.15m in his first attempt.
With Paulo Dybala not fully fit, Pirlo started new signing Alvaro Morata to partner Ronaldo up front.
In the Changzhou division, 10-man Changchun Yatai came from behind to beat Sichuan Jiuniu 3-1.
Mexico will meet the Netherlands in Amsterdam on October 7 and Algeria in the Hague six days later.
The competition's group stage draw will take place on Friday, in the Swiss city of Nyon. Enditem