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AFC Cup logo.svg
Founded 2004
Region AFC (Asia)
Number of teams 32
Current champions Kuwait Al Qadsia (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Kuwait Kuwait SC
(3 titles)
2014 AFC Cup

The AFC Cup is an annual international association football competition between domestic clubs run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Qualification to the competition is available to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries that fall into the AFC's 'developing nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document.[1] Countries which are 'emerging' nations are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off, where as countries which are 'mature' nations are entered into the AFC Champions League.

The 'developing nations' are the fourteen 'next-best' countries that lie outside the top-14 countries in the AFC region which send their clubs to the more prestigious AFC Champions League. Before the reform in competition format that took place in 2009, the two competitions were not interlinked as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League are in Europe, and AFC Champions League losers did not compete in the Cup. Following the reform in 2009, finalists of the AFC Cup meeting AFC's criteria and certain other eligible teams are allowed to compete in the qualifying round of AFC Champions League with the losers demoted to play in the AFC Cup.

Kuwait SC are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles. Clubs Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia.

Participating nations and regions[edit]

Evaluation for 2014 AFC Cup
Ranked top 23, allocated two direct slots
Ranked 24–34, allocated two direct slots
Ranked 24–34, allocated one play-off slot

Competition format[edit]

AFC’s second-tier club competition will also see changes in terms of teams and format for the 2009 edition.

- For the first time in its history, teams from Iraq and Kuwait will join the AFC Cup fray. Syrian clubs reappear in the competition after winning the inaugural edition (Al Jaish) in 2004.

- The other countries are Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Maldives. Each country has two seats, while Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will have one team in addition to the club which is playing in the ACL playoff/preliminary stage.

- A total of 32 teams will participate in the tournament (20 from West Asia and India, and 12 from East Asia).

- The teams will be divided into eight groups. Five of these groups will comprise West Asian teams, and three groups will make up the East Asian block.

- Two teams from each group will qualify for the Round of 16, where they will play one single knockout match.

- The quarter-finals, semi-finals will be played over two legs.

- The final will be played as a one-off match.


Two-leg finals[edit]

Year Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance Number of teams participated
2004 Syria Al-Wahda 2–3 Syria Al-Jaish Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus 18
Syria Al-Jaish 0–1 Syria Al-Wahda Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Aggregate 3–3, Al-Jaish won on away goals
2005 Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–0 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh Amman International Stadium, Amman 18
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2–3 Jordan Al-Faisaly Al Manara Stadium, Beirut
Al-Faisaly won 4–2 on aggregate
2006 Jordan Al-Faisaly 3–0 Bahrain Al-Muharraq Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,000 20
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 4–2 Jordan Al-Faisaly Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 3,000
Al-Faisaly won 5–4 on aggregate
2007 Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–1 Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon Amman International Stadium, Amman 5,500 24
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1–1 Jordan Al-Faisaly Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,500
Shabab Al-Ordon won 2–1 on aggregate
2008 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5–1 Lebanon Safa Beirut Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 6,000 20
Lebanon Safa Beirut 4–5 Bahrain Al-Muharraq Sports City Stadium, Beirut 2,000
Al-Muharraq won 10–5 on aggregate

One leg finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners Up Venue Attendance Number of teams participated
2009 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–1 Syria Al-Karamah Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City 17,400 32
2010 Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Kuwait Al-Qadsia Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City 58,604 31
2011 Uzbekistan FC Nasaf 2–1 Kuwait Al-Kuwait Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi 15,753 32
2012 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 4–0 Iraq Erbil Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil 30,000 33
2013 Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–0 Kuwait Al-Qadsia Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City 10,000 34
2014 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0–0 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Iraq Erbil Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai 5,240 34

Performance by clubs[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Kuwait Al-Kuwait 3 1 2009, 2012, 2013 2011
Jordan Al-Faisaly 2 1 2005, 2006 2007
Kuwait Al-Qadsia 1 2 2014 2010, 2013
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1 1 2008 2006
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1 0 2007
Syria Al-Ittihad 1 0 2010
Syria Al-Jaish 1 0 2004
Uzbekistan FC Nasaf 1 0 2011
Iraq Erbil 0 2 2012, 2014
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 0 1 2005
Lebanon Safa Beirut 0 1 2008
Syria Al-Karamah 0 1 2009
Syria Al-Wahda 0 1 2004

Performance by nations[edit]

Nation Winners Runners-up
 Kuwait 4 3
 Jordan 3 1
 Syria 2 2
 Bahrain 1 1
 Uzbekistan 1 0
 Iraq 0 2
 Lebanon 0 2

By Clubs' Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Year Footballer Club Goals
2004 Singapore Indra Sahdan Daud Singapore Home United 7
Singapore Egmar Goncalves Singapore Home United
2005 Jordan Mo'ayyad Salim Jordan Al-Faisaly 9
2006 Jordan Mahmoud Shelbaieh Jordan Al-Wahdat 8
2007 Jordan Odai Al Saify Jordan Shabab Al-Ordun 5
Lebanon Mohammed Ghaddar Lebanon Al-Nejmeh
2008 Brazil Rico Bahrain Al-Muharraq 19
2009 Nigeria Robert Akaruye Bahrain Busaiteen 8
Syria Mohamad Hamwi Syria Al-Karamah
Syria Jehad Al Hussain Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Vietnam Huỳnh Kesley Alves Vietnam Binh Duong
2010 Brazil Afonso Alves Qatar Al-Rayyan 9
2011 Montenegro Ivan Bošković Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 10
2012 Iraq Amjad Radhi Iraq Erbil 9
Syria Raja Rafe Syria Al-Shorta
2013 Tunisia Issam Jemâa Kuwait Al-Kuwait 16
2014 Spain Juan Belencoso Hong Kong Kitchee 11


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