2015 AFC Cup

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2015 AFC Cup
AFC Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Dates 9 February – 31 October 2015
Teams 41 (from 23 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 111
Goals scored 303 (2.73 per match)
Attendance 432,341 (3,895 per match)
Top scorer(s) Australia Daniel McBreen
Republic of Macedonia Riste Naumov
(8 goals each)
2014
2016

The 2015 AFC Cup is the 12th edition of the AFC Cup, Asia's secondary club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).[1] Al-Qadsia are the defending champions.

Association team allocation[edit]

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014,[2] which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014.[3] The member associations are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2014 rankings:[4]

  • The top 24 member associations (MAs) as per the AFC rankings which do not receive direct slots in the AFC Champions League are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup group stage (including losers of the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off).
  • The MAs ranked 25 to 32 are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup group stage, and the associations ranked 33 to 47 are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off (including those of "emerging countries" which participated in the AFC President's Cup, whose last edition was in 2014).

The AFC Competitions Committee decided on the participation of member associations in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC Cup on 28 November 2014.[5][6][7]

Participation for 2015 AFC Cup[6]
Participating
Not participating
Notes
  1. ^ Iraq were given special entry to the 2015 AFC Cup, since they were not allowed to participate in the 2015 AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements for 2015.
  2. ^ a b Lebanon and Syria were not allowed to participate in the 2015 AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements for 2015, so their champions directly entered the AFC Cup group stage instead of playing in the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off.
  3. ^ Afghanistan were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but did not submit an entry for the 2015 AFC Cup.
  4. ^ Turkmenistan were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but both teams entered the qualifying play-off for the 2015 AFC Cup due to Iraq's participation.
  5. ^ a b Kyrgyzstan and Yemen were allocated one play-off slot for the 2015 AFC Cup due to participation in the 2014 AFC Cup.
  6. ^ a b Bangladesh and Nepal were allocated one play-off slot for the 2015 AFC Cup due to results in the 2014 AFC President's Cup.
  7. ^ Myanmar were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but both teams entered the group stage for the 2015 AFC Cup due to North Korea's withdrawal.
  8. ^ a b c Malaysia, India and Singapore were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but both teams entered the group stage for the 2015 AFC Cup due to lack of play-off teams in the East Asia Zone.
  9. ^ North Korea were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but withdrew from the 2015 AFC Cup.
  10. ^ Laos were allocated one group stage slot and one play-off slot for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Cup, but only one team entered the 2015 AFC Cup.

Teams[edit]

The following 41 teams from 23 associations entered the competition.[8]

Teams in italics played in the 2015 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, but failed to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage (had they advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage, they would have been replaced by another team from the same association).

Notes
  1. ^ Bahrain (BHR): Al-Hidd entered the AFC Cup instead of East Riffa, the 2014 Bahraini King's Cup winners.[9][10]
  2. ^ India (IND): East Bengal entered the AFC Cup instead of Churchill Brothers, the 2013–14 Indian Federation Cup winners.[11]
  3. ^ Indonesia (IDN): Since the Piala Indonesia had to be cancelled due to tightness of schedule caused by the parliamentary and presidential elections, the Indonesia Super League runners-up were chosen to represent Indonesia in the AFC Cup.
  4. ^ Jordan (JOR): Al-Jazeera entered the AFC Cup instead of Al-Faisaly, the 2013–14 Jordan League runners-up.[12]
  5. ^ Philippines (PHI): The Philippine Football Federation confirmed that the UFL Division 1 champions (entering group stage) and the UFL FA League Cup winners (entering play-off) were chosen to represent the Philippines in the AFC Cup.[13]
Location of teams of the 2015 AFC Cup.
Red pog.svg West Asia Zone
Green pog.svg East Asia Zone
(p) Qualifying play-off participants

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[14]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round No draw 9–10 February 2015
Play-off stage Play-off round 17 February 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 11 December 2014[15] 24–25 February 2015
Matchday 2 10–11 March 2015
Matchday 3 17–18 March 2015
Matchday 4 14–15 April 2015
Matchday 5 28–29 April 2015
Matchday 6 12–13 May 2015
Knock-out stage Round of 16 26–27 May 2015
Quarter-finals TBC 25–26 August 2015 15–16 September 2015
Semi-finals 29–30 September 2015 20–21 October 2015
Final 31 October 2015

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The bracket for the qualifying play-off, which consisted of two rounds (preliminary round and play-off round), was determined by the AFC based on the association ranking of each team.[16] Each tie was played as a single match, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. The winners of each tie in the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 27 automatic qualifiers.[1]

Preliminary round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Ahal Turkmenistan 1–0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi
Altyn Asyr Turkmenistan 0–1 Yemen Al-Saqr
Khayr Vahdat Tajikistan 1–0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel
Hilal Al-Quds State of Palestine w/o[K] Nepal Manang Marshyangdi Club
Notes
  1. ^ Hilal Al-Quds advanced to the play-off round after Manang Marshyangdi Club withdrew.[17]

Play-off round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Fanja Oman 2–3 Turkmenistan Ahal
Al-Hidd Bahrain 2–1 Yemen Al-Saqr
Salam Zgharta Lebanon 3–0 Tajikistan Khayr Vahdat
Al-Jaish Syria 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
East Asia Zone
Maziya Maldives 1–0 Philippines Ceres

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 11 December 2014.[16] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[1]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Greater number of away goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  7. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  9. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Team who belongs to the member association with the higher AFC ranking.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WEH WAH NAH SZG
1 Jordan Al-Wehdat 6 4 1 1 16 3 +13 13 Advance to knock-out stage 0–1 4–0 5–1
2 Syria Al-Wahda 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 1–1 1–2 3–1
3 Oman Al-Nahda 6 2 1 3 7 11 −4 7 0–3 0–0 4–1
4 Lebanon Salam Zgharta 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3 0–3 0–2 2–1
Source: AFC

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHO JAZ TWN HID
1 Iraq Al-Shorta 6 2 3 1 14 7 +7 9 Advance to knock-out stage 4–0 6–2 2–2
2 Jordan Al-Jazeera 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9 1–1 2–0 1–0
3 State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes 6 1 3 2 6 11 −5 6 1–0 1–1 1–1
4 Bahrain Al-Hidd 6 0 5 1 6 7 −1 5 1–1 1–1 1–1
Source: AFC

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification IST QAD ERB AHA
1 Tajikistan Istiklol 6 3 2 1 12 8 +4 11 Advance to knock-out stage 2–0 1–3 5–2
2 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 2–2 1–2 2–0
3 Iraq Erbil 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 0–0 0–1 2–3
4 Turkmenistan Ahal 6 2 0 4 8 13 −5 6 1–2 0–1 2–1
Source: AFC

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JAI KUW RIF NEJ
1 Syria Al-Jaish 6 4 2 0 6 1 +5 14 Advance to knock-out stage 0–0 1–1 1–0
2 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 0–1 2–1 4–1
3 Bahrain Riffa 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–1 2–1
4 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 6 0 1 5 4 12 −8 1 0–2 1–2 1–1
Source: AFC

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSJ BGL MAZ WAR
1 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 6 5 1 0 17 4 +13 16 Advance to knock-out stage 3–1 0–0 6–0
2 India Bengaluru FC 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12 1–3 2–1 1–0
3 Maldives Maziya 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 7 1–2 1–2 2–0
4 Singapore Warriors 6 0 0 6 1 15 −14 0 1–3 0–1 0–2
Source: AFC

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JDT KIT EBG BAL
1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 6 5 0 1 11 3 +8 15 Advance to knock-out stage 2–0 4–1 3–0
2 Hong Kong Kitchee 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 2–0 2–2 3–0
3 India East Bengal 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5 0–1 1–1 3–0
4 Singapore Balestier Khalsa 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3 0–1 1–2 2–1
Source: AFC

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SCA PAH GLO YAD
1 Hong Kong South China 6 6 0 0 19 3 +16 18 Advance to knock-out stage 3–1 3–0 3–1
2 Malaysia Pahang 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1 8 0–1 0–0 7–4
3 Philippines Global 6 1 2 3 5 12 −7 5 1–6 0–0 4–1
4 Burma Yadanarbon 6 1 0 5 10 20 −10 3 0–3 2–3 2–0
Source: AFC

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSB AYE NRA LAO
1 Indonesia Persib Bandung 6 3 3 0 10 5 +5 12 Advance to knock-out stage 3–3 4–1 1–0
2 Burma Ayeyawady United 6 2 4 0 13 9 +4 10 1–1 0–0 4–3
3 Maldives New Radiant 6 1 2 3 4 10 −6 5 0–1 0–3 2–1
4 Laos Lao Toyota FC 6 0 3 3 7 10 −3 3 0–0 2–2 1–1
Source: AFC

Knock-out stage[edit]

In the knock-out stage, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, while in the round of 16 and final, each tie is played as a single match. The away goals rule (for two-legged ties), extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group play the runners-up of another group in the same zone, with the group winners hosting the match.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Al-Wehdat Jordan 0–1 Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Istiklol Tajikistan 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Syria Al-Wahda
Al-Shorta Iraq 0–2 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Al-Jaish Syria 1–0 Jordan Al-Jazeera
East Asia Zone
Persipura Jayapura Indonesia Postponed Malaysia Pahang
South China Hong Kong 2–0 India Bengaluru FC
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 5–0 Burma Ayeyawady United
Persib Bandung Indonesia 0–2 Hong Kong Kitchee

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held after the round of 16 is completed. Teams from different zones can be drawn into the same tie, and the "country protection" rule is applied, so teams from the same association cannot be drawn into the same tie.[citation needed]

Qualified teams
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TBD QF1 TBD 25 Aug 15 Sep
TBD QF2 TBD 25 Aug 15 Sep
TBD QF3 TBD 26 Aug 16 Sep
TBD QF4 TBD 26 Aug 16 Sep

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner QF1 SF1 Winner QF2 29 Sep 20 Oct
Winner QF3 SF2 Winner QF4 30 Sep 21 Oct

Final[edit]

Main article: 2015 AFC Cup Final

The draw to decide the host team of the final will be held after the quarter-final draw.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Winner SF1/SF2 31 Oct Winner SF1/SF2

Top scorers[edit]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 2R QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2   F   Total
1 Australia Daniel McBreen Hong Kong South China 2 1 1 2 2 8
Republic of Macedonia Riste Naumov Burma Ayeyawady United 2 2 2 2 8
3 Nigeria Dickson Nwakaeme Malaysia Pahang 1 2 3 6
4 Spain Juan Belencoso Hong Kong Kitchee 1 1 2 1 5
Indonesia Boaz Solossa Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 1 1 2 1 5
6 Nigeria Ranti Martins India East Bengal 1 1 1 1 4
Iraq Marwan Hussein Iraq Al-Shorta 2 2 4
Jordan Mahmoud Za'tara Jordan Al-Wehdat 2 1 1 4
Argentina Luciano Figueroa Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 1 2 4
Malaysia Mohd Safiq Rahim Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 1 1 1 4
Colombia Edison Fonseca Burma Ayeyawady United 1 1 2 4
Tajikistan Manuchekhr Dzhalilov Tajikistan Istiklol 1 1 2 4

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted when determining top scorer (see regulations, Article 77.4).[1]

Source: the-AFC.com[18][19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Revamp of AFC competitions". AFC. 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "ExCo approves expanded AFC Asian Cup finals". AFC. 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "AFC MA Ranking as at 3 November 2014" (PDF). AFC. 
  5. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". AFC. 28 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "AFC Cup slots decided for 2015-2016 editions". AFC. 4 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Slot allocation for AFC Cup 2015 - 2016" (PDF). AFC. 
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  10. ^ "BFA affirms adressing AFC regarding Al Hidd's participation". BFA. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
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  12. ^ "الجزيرة مرشح قوي لخلافة الفيصلي بكأس الاتحاد الاسيوي". Gerasa News. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Global FC to represent Philippines in AFC Cup as Ceres-La Salle gains playoff berth". 13 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC. 
  15. ^ "الاتحاد الآسيوي يعلن موعد قرعة دوري أبطال آسيا". كووورة. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "AFC Cup 2015 Draw". AFC. 12 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "MMC Not To Play AFC Cup Play Off Against Al Quids Hilal". GoalNepal.com. 29 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2015 AFC Cup Group Stage". AFC.com. 
  19. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2015 AFC Cup Round of 16". AFC.com. 

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