Tuesday, 13 December 2016 –
The draw for the ACL Group Stages was conducted in a ceremony at the Hilton Petaling Jaya in Selangor, Malaysia.
Defending Hyundai A-League Champions Adelaide United are in Group H and will face Jiangsu FC (China), Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Korea Republic) and a playoff winner (TBD).
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers were drawn in Group F along with FC Seoul (Japan), Japan’s 2nd Club (TBD) and a playoff winner (TBD).
Brisbane Roar are still in the running to qualify for the Group Stages but face an uphill battle to join their fellow Hyundai A-League clubs in the tournament proper. John Aloisi’s side will play the winner of Global (Philippines) and Tampines Rovers (Singapore) in a playoff and, if successful, a one-off clash away to Chinese powerhouse Shanghai Shenhua awaits.