Arab Club Champions Cup: How to watch on TV, fixtures & teams involved

  • Group stage of 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup soon gets underway
  • Four Saudi Pro League clubs are competing
  • There hasn't been a Saudi winner since 2005

Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr are one of four Saudi clubs taking part in the Arab Club Champions Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr are one of four Saudi clubs taking part in the Arab Club Champions Cup / Masashi Hara/GettyImages
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The Saudi frontier has more than emerged this summer after the sleeping 'giant' awoke with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of 2022.

The country's unrelenting desire for sporting relevancy has drifted into the footballing realm, and the Saudi Pro League has suddenly blossomed into a division of distinct lucrativeness for European footballers.

With Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) taking control of the league's four most historically significant clubs this summer, the dynamic of the transfer market has altered drastically. The Saudis have made a big splash off the field, but now it's time for the clubs to do some talking on the pitch.

While the Saudi Pro League doesn't get underway until mid-August, four Saudi clubs will get the chance to showcase their new superstar-laden squads in the Arab Club Champions Cup this summer. The group stage of the competition soon kicks off, and here's everything you need to know about it.


What is the Arab Club Champions Cup?

The Arab Club Champions Cup is an annual competition (although this was be the first time its being held since 2019/20) contested between the very best teams from the Arab world.

The competition is set up by the Union of Arab Football Associations and was first held in 1981.

In 2023, 24 teams entered the qualifying round with only six progressing into the group stage of the competition. Ten teams qualified automatically for the Cup. Seven of these teams won their respective domestic league last season, one is a previous winner of the competition, one is a previous runner-up, while the final team was invited by the host nation (Saudi Arabia).


Where is the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup taking place?

Saudi Arabia are playing host to this year's tournament, with three cities and three stadiums playing host to the group stage and knockout fixtures.

City

Stadium

Capacity

Abha

Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium

20,000

Al Bahah

King Saud Sport City Stadium

10,000

Taif

King Fahd Stadium

20,000


Which Saudi Pro League teams are competing in the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup?

Four Saudi Pro League teams will be taking part in the Arab Club Champions Cup after Al Shabab progressed into the group stage via qualifying. They joined Al Nassr, Al Ittihad, and Al Hilal in the competition.

The 16 teams competing in the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup are as follows:

  • Al Sadd (Qatar)
  • Wydad AC (Morocco)
  • CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
  • Al Shorta (Iraq)
  • Al Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
  • Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
  • ES Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)
  • CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
  • Raja CA (Morocco)
  • Zamalek (Egypt)
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • Kuwait SC (Kuwait)
  • Al Wahda (UAE)
  • Al Nassr (Saudi Arabia)
  • Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia)

2023 Arab Club Champions Cup full schedule

Group stage schedule

Date / Kick-Off Time

Fixture

Group

27/07/23 / 14:00

Al Sadd vs Wydad AC

B

27/07/23 / 16:00

CS Sfaxien vs Al Shorta

A

27/07/23 / 18:00

Al Ahly Tripoli vs Al Hilal

B

27/07/23 / 20:00

ES Tunis vs Al Ittihad

A

28/07/23 / 14:00

CR Belouizdad vs Raja CA

D

28/07/23 / 16:00

Zamalek vs Monastir

C

28/07/23 / 18:00

Kuwait SC vs Al Wahda

D

28/07/23 / 20:00

Al Nassr vs Al Shabab

C

30/07/23 / 14:00

Wydad AC vs Al Ahly Tripoli

B

30/07/23 / 16:00

Al Shorta vs ES Tunis

A

30/07/23 / 18:00

Al Hilal vs Al Sadd

B

30/07/23 / 20:00

Al Ittihad vs CS Sfaxien

A

31/07/23 / 14:00

Al Wahda vs CR Belouizdad

D

31/07/23 / 16:00

Al Shabab vs Zamalek

C

31/07/23 / 18:00

Raja CA vs Kuwait SC

D

31/07/23 / 20:00

Monastir vs Al Nassr

C

02/08/23 / 14:00

Al Sadd vs Al Ahly Tripoli

B

02/08/23 / 14:00

Al Hilal vs Wydad AC

B

02/08/23 / 16:00

Al Shorta vs Al Ittihad

A

02/08/23 / 16:00

ES Tunis vs CS Sfaxien

A

03/08/23 / 14:00

Al Wahda vs Raja CA

D

03/08/23 / 14:00

CR Belouizdad vs Kuwait SC

D

03/08/23 / 16:00

Al Shabab vs Monastir

C

03/08/23 / 16:00

Zamalek vs Al Nassr

C

Knockout schedule

Date / Kick-Off Time

Fixture

Location

05/08/23 / 18:00

Group B winners vs Group A runners-up

Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha

05/08/23 / 21:00

Group A winners vs Group B runners-up

King Fahd Stadium, Taif

05/08/23 / 18:00

Group D winners vs Group C runners-up

Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha

06/08/23 / 21:00

Group C winners vs Group D runners-up

King Fahd Stadium, Taif

09/08/23 / 18:00

Group A winners/Group B runners-up vs Group C winners/Group D runners-up

Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha

09/08/23 / 21:00

Group B winners/Group A runners-up vs Group D winners/Group C runners-up

King Fahd Stadium, Taif

12/08/23 / 21:00

TBC

Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha


How to watch the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup on TV

There is currently no scheduling information for any of the upcoming Arab Club Champions Cup fixtures, though the following broadcasters had rights to show Cristiano Ronaldo's games for Al Nassr last season.

Country

TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

Sky Sports (YouTube stream)

United States

ESPN

France

L'Equipe

Italy

SportItalia

Portugal

Sport TV

Middle East

SSC

International

Shahid


Who has won the most Arab Club Champions Cups?

Two teams have won this competition three times: ES Tunis and Al Rasheed.

Saudi clubs Al Hilal, Al Ettifaq, and Al Shabab have all won it twice, while Al Ittihad and Al Ahli are each one-time victors. However, there hasn't been a winner from Saudi Arabia since 2005 with African clubs recently dominating the competiton.

Morocco's Raja CA are the current holders.