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Round 16
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Round 1
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Round 3
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Round 2
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1.79
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83.4
16.6
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73
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2.46
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69%
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1.38
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1.2

WHAT IS THE AFC CUP?

AFC Cup is a continental club football competition that is annually organized by the AFC (the Asian Football Confederation). According to its current rules, the AFC Cup is played primarily between clubs from countries that did not receive direct qualifying slots in the top-level AFC Champions League, based on the AFC Club Competitions Ranking.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, its editions since 2020 have been continually canceled without any titles awarded. Al-Ahed of Lebanon, the champions of the AFC Cup 2019, are still the titleholders.

 

AFC Cup logoAFC Cup logo

HOW IS THE HISTORY OF THE AFC CUP?

The AFC Cup was established in 2004 as a second-level competition to relate back to the AFC Champions League( ACL) when 14 nations that had developing status competed in the first competition with 18 teams being nominated. West and Central Asian teams belonged to Groups A, B, and C while East and South East Asia teams were put into the other two groups.

The champions of the Cup together with the three runners-up would qualify for the knockout stage where it was a random draw in who was going to play. The first AFC Cup winners were Al-Jaish after they beat Al-Wahda on away goals. 

In 2005, there were 18 teams from nine nations competing in the competition. After Syrian winners took part in the AFC Champions League for four years, Al-Faisaly became the next finalists who would win the next two AFC Cup seasons. 

From the inauguration of the competition in 2005, the winners of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became the champions. 

 

HOW DOES THE AFC CUP WORK?

Some changes were made in terms of teams and format since the 2017 AFC Cup season. In 2021, the AFC Cup fixtures were as below:

 

Association Team Allocation

The 46 AFC member associations are ranked based on their national team’s and club’s performance over the last four years in AFC Cup. The teams are allocated by the criteria according to the Entry Manual

Following that, the associations are split into five zones ( 12 teams each from West Asia Zone and ASEAN Zone, 7 teams from the South Asia Zone, 6 teams from the Central Asia Zone, and 9 teams from the East Asia Zone. The AFC may relocate one or more associations to another zone if necessary for sporting reasons. 

In 2021, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are not participating in the competition.

AFC Cup Schedule

Due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AFC approved the new calendar for the competition as follows:

AFC Cup Schedule 2021

Stage

Round

Draw date

First leg

Second leg

Preliminary stage

Preliminary round 1

No draw

7 April 2021 (S)

Preliminary round 2

14 April 2021 (S), 28 April 2021 (A)

Play-off stage

Play-off round

20 April 2021 (W), 21 April 2021 (S), 19 May 2021 (A)

Group stage

Matchday 1

27 January 2021[48]

14 May 2021 (S, C, E), 21 May 2021 (W), 22 June 2021 (A)

Matchday 2

17 May 2021 (S, C, E), 24 May 2021 (W), 25 June 2021 (A)

Matchday 3

20 May 2021 (S, C, E), 27 May 2021 (W), 28 June 2021 (A)

Knockout stage

Zonal semi-finals

10–11 August 2021 (A)

13–14 September 2021 (W)

27–28 September 2021 (W)

Zonal finals

TBD

25 August 2021 (A)

11 August 2021 (C), 20 October 2021 (W)

25 August 2021 (C), 3 November 2021 (W)

Inter-zone play-off semi-finals

14–15 September 2021

28–29 September 2021

Inter-zone play-off final

20 October 2021

3 November 2021

Final

26 November 2021

Notes:

  • W: West Asia Zone
  • S: South Asia Zone
  • C: Central Asia Zone
  • A: ASEAN Zone
  • E: East Asia Zone

 

Qualifying Play-off

In this round, each tie will be played as a single match. In the event of ties, the rules of extra time and penalty shootouts will be used to determine the winner.

The positions of teams are determined according to their association ranking. The higher-ranked team has the right to host the match. The four winners of the play-off round will qualify for the Group Stage to join the 35 direct entrants.

 

Group Stage

The draw for this stage was held on 27 January 2021. The 39 teams were divided into 9 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3. The groups were arranged from A to J. For each zone, teams were seeded into 4 pots and drawn into the relevant positions within each group. Teams from the same association in zones with more than one group ( West Asia, Central Asia, and ASEAN) could not be drawn into the same group. 

Each group will have competed on a single round-robin format in centralized venues. The teams which have these below advances can enter the Knockout Stage.

  • The winners of each group, the runners-up in the West Asia and the ASEAN Zone are eligible for the Zonal semi-finals.
  • The winners of each group in the Central Asia Zone qualify for the Zonal finals.
  • The winners of groups in the South Asia Zone and the East Asia Zone advance to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.

 

Knockout Stage

  • Zonal semi-finals: The West Asia Zonal semi-finals are played over the two-legged format. Whereas, the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals are played over one-legged. The order of legs (West Asia Zone) or home team (ASEAN Zone) is determined by the following tables based on which group runners-up qualify.
  • Zonal Finals: The West Asia and Central Asia Zonal finals are played over two legs, The order of legs (West Asia Zone and Central Asia Zone) or home team (ASEAN Zone) is decided by draw.
  • Inter-zone play-off semi-finals: The Inter-zone play-off semi-finals are played in a two-legged format, with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw.
  • Inter-zone play-off final: The Inter-zone play-off final is played in a two-legged format. The order of matches is determined by the Inter-zone play-off semi-final draw.
  • Final: The AFC Cup Final will be played in a one-off match, between the winners of the West Asia Zonal final and the winners of the Inter-zone play-off final.

Al-Ahed win the AFC Cup 2019Al-Ahed win the AFC Cup 2019

PRIZE AND TROPHY OF THE AFC CUP

The AFC Cup winners will be awarded the trophy of the competition with its specific design and logo.

 

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Besides, the most excellent teams of each round will also receive prize money for their devotion. 

Prize Money Table in the AFC Cup

Phase

Purse (USD)

Travel subsidy

(per match)

Preliminary stage

N/A

$40,000

Play-offs

N/A

$40,000

Group stage

N/A

$40,000

Knockout stage

Zonal champions: $100,000

$40,000

Final

Champions: $1.5 million

Runners-up: $750,000

$40,000

 

TOP 10 BEST CLUBS IN THE AFC CUP

Al-Kuwait and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the strongest teams of the competition with 3 times becoming the championships. Al-Faisaly is only 1 title fewer than the top teams.  

Top 10 Best clubs in the AFC Cup

Club

Winners

Runners-up

Years won

Years runners-up

Al-Kuwait

3

1

2009, 2012, 2013

2011

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

3

0

2016, 2017, 2018

 

Al-Faisaly

2

1

2005, 2006

2007

Al-Qadsia

1

2

2014

2010, 2013

Al-Muharraq

1

1

2008

2006

Al-Jaish

1

0

2004

 

Shabab Al-Ordon

1

0

2007

 

Al-Ittihad

1

0

2010

 

Nasaf Qarshi

1

0

2011

 

Johor Darul Ta'zim

1

0

2015

 

 

ALL-TIME TOP GOALSCORERS

As of the 2021 season, the best players of the AFC Cup are shown as follows. Bienvenido Marañón is leading with a total of 35 goals in the competition. Mahmoud Shelbaieh, Aleksandar Đurić, and Amjad Radhi are chasing with the absolutely small difference.

All-time Top Goalscorers in AFC Cup

Rank

Player

Club(s)

Goals

1

Bienvenido Marañón

Ceres–Negros

35

2

Mahmoud Shelbaieh

Al-Wehdat

34

3

Aleksandar Đurić

Geylang United, Singapore Armed Forces, Tampines Rovers

32

Amjad Radhi

Erbil SC, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

32

5

Bader Al-Mutawa

Qadsia SC

30

Rico

Al-Muharraq, Al-Riffa, Al-Hidd

30

7

Ali Ashfaq

Club Valencia, New Radiant, VB Sports Club

29

 

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REFERENCE SOURCES

  • https://www.the-afc.com/competitions/afc-cup/fixtures/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Cup