AFC President's Cup

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AFC President's Cup
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Founded 2005
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 12
Current champions Turkmenistan FK Balkan
Most successful club(s) Tajikistan Regar TadAZ
(3 times)
2014 AFC President's Cup

The AFC President's Cup is an annual international association football competition between domestic clubs sides run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Competition format[edit]

Since the tournament began in 2005, the number of teams has increased from 8 to 11. And then from 11 to 12 teams.

From editions 2005 to 2007, 8 clubs were placed into two groups of 4 teams. Both groups would be played in one host country.

Out of these two groups, the winners and runners up would advance to the semi-final stage, again played in that host country.

In 2008, the tournament was increased to 11 clubs. Therefore a qualification round was created and 11 clubs split into 3 groups. Two groups containing 4 clubs with the 3rd group having 3 clubs.

Each group would then be played in a different country, each having their own host.

The group winners and the best runner up would then qualify for the finals stage, again to be hosted in another country and played at a later date.

In 2011, the tournament was increased to 12 clubs. Therefore the 3 qualification groups are with 4 clubs. Then, the group winners and group runners up qualify for the final stage. Then, the 6 clubs are contested into 2 groups of 3. Next, the top 2 teams qualify for the final which means there is no knockout stage contested.

The AFC President's Cup trophy.

Since 2005, 6 of the 8 founding nations to take part have been, Nepal Nepal, Chinese Taipei Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), Bhutan Bhutan, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Pakistan Pakistan and Cambodia Cambodia.

Since 2008, clubs from Bangladesh Bangladesh and Turkmenistan Turkmenistan have been invited.

From 2011 to 2013, clubs from State of Palestine Palestine were invited. In 2014, Palestine will apply for upgrade to the AFC Cup.

Since 2012, clubs from Mongolia Mongolia have been invited.

From 2008 to 2011, clubs from Burma Myanmar were invited. In 2012, Myanmar applied for upgrade to the AFC Cup.

Since 2013, clubs from Philippines Philippines have been invited.

From 2005 to 2012, clubs from Tajikistan Tajikistan were invited. In 2013, Tajikistan applied for upgrade to the AFC Cup.

Since 2014, clubs from North Korea North Korea have been invited.

From 2005 to 2013, clubs from Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan were invited. In 2014, Kyrgyzstan will apply for upgrade to the AFC Cup.

Other nations that could enter a team, but have yet to do so are: Brunei Brunei, East Timor Timor-Leste, Guam Guam, Laos Laos, Macau Macau and Afghanistan Afghanistan.

The AFC President’s Cup in 2011 and 2012 will feature 12 teams in three groups for the Group Stage. The top two teams in each group qualify for the six team finals.[1]

In March 2012 the AFC announced that the Northern Mariana Islands were approved to participate in the AFC Challenge Cup and AFC President’s Cup if they fulfilled the criteria.[2]

In November 2013 the AFC announced that the 2014 AFC President's Cup would be the last edition of this tournament.[3] Starting from 2015, league champions of "emerging countries" are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off.[4]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification to the competition is to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries which fall into the AFC's 'emerging nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document. Countries which are 'mature' and 'developing' nations are entered into the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, respectively. For an 'emerging nation' to have a team representing it in the competition, however, the country must have an acceptable football league. The team that represents a country in one season of the competition is the defending champion of the top-level leagues of participating countries.

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Losing Semifinalists
(No third place match)
Winner Score Runner-up
2005
Details
Nepal
Nepal
Tajikistan
Regar TadAZ
3–0 Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi-Dynamo
Sri Lanka Blue Star SC
Nepal Three Star Club
2006
Details
Malaysia
Malaysia
Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi-Dynamo
2–1
(aet)
Tajikistan
Vakhsh
Cambodia Khemara
Chinese Taipei Tatung
2007
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan
Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi-Dynamo
2–1 Nepal
Mahendra Police Club
Sri Lanka Ratnam Sports Club
Tajikistan Regar TadAZ
2008
Details
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Regar TadAZ
1–1
(aet, 4–3 pens)
Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi-Dynamo
Turkmenistan FC Aşgabat
Nepal Mahendra Police Club
2009
Details
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Regar TadAZ
2–0 Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi-Dynamo
Turkmenistan FC Aşgabat
Pakistan WAPDA
2010
Details
Burma
Myanmar
Burma
Yadanarbon
1–0
(aet)
Kyrgyzstan
Dordoi Bishkek
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat
Tajikistan Vakhsh Qurghonteppa
2011
Details
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
Taiwan Power Company
3–2 Cambodia
Phnom Penh Crown
Turkmenistan Balkan
Kyrgyzstan Neftchi Kochkor-Ata
(Final stage group runners-up)
2012
Details
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Istiqlol
2–1 State of Palestine
Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
Chinese Taipei Taiwan Power Company
(Final stage group runners-up)
2013
Details
Malaysia
Malaysia
Turkmenistan
Balkan
1–0 Pakistan
KRL
Mongolia Erchim
State of Palestine Hilal Al-Quds
(Final stage group runners-up)
2014
Details
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Performance by nation[edit]

# Nation Winners Runners-up
1  Tajikistan 4 1
2  Kyrgyzstan 2 4
3  Burma 1 0
 Chinese Taipei 1 0
 Turkmenistan 1 0
6  Cambodia 0 1
   Nepal 0 1
 Pakistan 0 1
 Palestine 0 1

Performance by club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-Up Years Won Years Lost
Tajikistan Regar TadAZ 3 0 (2005, 2008, 2009)
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi-Dynamo 2 4 (2006, 2007) (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Burma Yadanarbon FC 1 0 (2010)
Chinese Taipei Taiwan Power Company 1 0 (2011)
Tajikistan FK Istiqlol 1 0 (2012)
Turkmenistan FK Balkan 1 0 (2013)
Tajikistan Vakhsh 0 1 (2006)
Nepal Mahendra Police Club 0 1 (2007)
Cambodia Phnom Penh Crown 0 1 (2011)
State of Palestine Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari 0 1 (2012)
Pakistan KRL FC 0 1 (2013)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFC Competitions Committee meeting[dead link]
  2. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-afc.com. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "ACL: East vs West final proposed". The-afc.com. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-25. 
  4. ^ "AFC President’s Cup: The end of a glorious journey". AFC. 26 July 2014. 

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