Asia's football body unveiled a new-look AFC Champions League on Wednesday, with West and East Asian teams kept apart until the semi-finals and India among a group of countries to gain a play-off spot.
The updated format, which retains the two-legged final for the next three years, was announced after Asian Football Confederation (AFC) meetings in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
"This is part of the reform that we've talked about, the changes we want to create," said AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain.
"Hopefully when 2015 comes, we can look back and say we made a difference, we made a change for the good."
However, Middle Eastern teams were handed an easier route with the decision to keep East and West Asian sides segregated until the semi-finals.