2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

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2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 2–26 March 2013
Teams 19 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 27
Goals scored 82 (3.04 per match)
Attendance 127,100 (4,707 per match)
Top scorer(s) Philippines Phil Younghusband
(5 goals)
2012

The 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification phase determined the teams which advanced to the final tournament. The qualification draw was held on 11 December 2012, in AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[1]

Qualified nations[edit]

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament
 Maldives Hosts 28 November 2012 1 (2012)
 Afghanistan Group C winner 6 March 2013 2 (2006, 2008)
 Myanmar Group A winner 6 March 2013 2 (2008, 2010)
 Palestine Group D winner 6 March 2013 2 (2006, 2012)
 Kyrgyzstan Group B winner 21 March 2013 2 (2006, 2010)
 Philippines Group E winner 26 March 2013 2 (2006, 2012)
 Turkmenistan Best second place team 26 March 2013 3 (2008, 2010, 2012)
 Laos[note 1] Best second place team 20 March 2013 0 (debut)
Notes
  1. ^ Bangladesh originally qualified for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, but with Brunei's withdrawal, their result against bottom-placed Northern Mariana Islands were declared void leaving Turkmenistan and Laos as the best two second-placed teams.

Format[edit]

Twenty teams expressed their interest to take part before the deadline of 7 September 2012.[2] The Northern Mariana Islands will make their Challenge Cup debut after having been approved by the AFC to participate (the Northern Mariana Islands is an associate member of the AFC).[3]

It was decided that starting from this tournament, an automatic qualification place will be given to the AFC Challenge Cup host.[4] The hosting rights were given to Maldives in the AFC Competitions Committee meeting on 28 November.[5]

The twenty teams involved in the qualification draw were drawn into five groups of four teams, with each group containing one team from each of the following seeding pots.[6] Teams in each group will play a single round-robin at a pre-determined host country. The five group winners plus the two best second-placed teams will qualify for the finals.

Pot 1 (Hosts) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Kyrgyzstan
 Laos
 Myanmar
   Nepal
 Philippines

 Turkmenistan
 Palestine
 Tajikistan
 India
 Afghanistan

 Pakistan
 Bangladesh
 Sri Lanka
 Chinese Taipei
 Cambodia

 Macau
 Mongolia
 Brunei
 Guam
 Northern Mariana Islands

Notes
  • It was reported on 26 October 2012 that Cambodia withdrew, citing financial and competitive concerns.[7] However, they were included in the draw.
  • Bangladesh were not one of the original 20 teams which the AFC announced as entrants.[2]
  • Non-entrants: Bhutan and Timor-Leste. North Korea, the 2012 champions, have been excluded from participating in the AFC Challenge Cup starting with the 2014 edition.[5]
  • Brunei withdrew their participation a day before the AFC Challenge Cup qualifier in Manila citing unavoidable circumstances.[8] The last minute withdrawal puts the country in a possible AFC Challenge Cup ban.[9] Brunei were supposed to be in Group E of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers against hosts Philippines, Cambodia and Turkmenistan.

Groups[edit]

Groups A, C and D were played 2–6 March 2013, Group B was played 17–21 March 2013, and Group E was played 22–26 March 2013.

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and two best second-placed teams qualify for the finals
Tiebreakers

In each group, the teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[10]

  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 (Away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Myanmar 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 7
 India 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 Guam 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1

2 March 2013
16:00
India  2–1  Chinese Taipei
Raja Goal 40'
Singh Goal 90'
Report Lee Tai-Lin Goal 54'

2 March 2013
18:45
Myanmar  5–0  Guam
Soe Min Oo Goal 26'
Kyi Lin Goal 40' (pen.)
Pyae Phyo Aung Goal 45+2'
Pai Soe Goal 50'
Kyaw Zayar Win Goal 80'
Report
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Mohammad Abu Loum (Jordan)

4 March 2013
16:00
Guam  0–4  India
Report Chhetri Goal 49'90+1'
Miranda Goal 68'
Raja Goal 79'
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
Attendance: 400
Referee: Khurram Shahzad (Pakistan)

4 March 2013
18:45
Chinese Taipei  1–1  Myanmar
Lee Meng-Chian Goal 80' (pen.) Report Soe Kyaw Kyaw Goal 18'
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ko Hyung-Jin (Korea Republic)

6 March 2013
16:00
Chinese Taipei  0–3  Guam
Report Cunliffe Goal 15'78'
Mariano Goal 54'

6 March 2013
18:45
Myanmar  1–0  India
Soe Min Oo Goal 75' Report
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Mohammad Abu Loum (Jordan)

Group B[edit]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Kyrgyzstan 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3 9
 Tajikistan 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
 Pakistan 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
 Macau 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0

17 March 2013
12:00
Tajikistan  1–0  Pakistan
Makhmudov Goal 89' Report
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 400
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)

17 March 2013
16:00
Kyrgyzstan  1–0  Macau
Tetteh Goal 45+1' Report

19 March 2013
12:00
Macau  0–3  Tajikistan
Report Ismailov Goal 56'90+2'
Ergashev Goal 82'
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 800
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (Bahrain)

19 March 2013
16:00
Pakistan  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report Tetteh Goal 1'
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)

21 March 2013
12:00
Pakistan  2–0  Macau
Bashir Goal 44' (pen.)
Kalim Ullah Goal 70'
Report
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 800
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (Bahrain)

21 March 2013
16:00
Kyrgyzstan  1–0  Tajikistan
Tetteh Goal 41' Report
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)

Group C[edit]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
 Laos 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
 Mongolia 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1

2 March 2013
19:00
Laos  1–1  Mongolia
Sayyabounsou Goal 33' Report Tumenjargal Goal 45+2'

4 March 2013
16:00
Mongolia  0–1  Afghanistan
Report Arezou Goal 59'

4 March 2013
19:00
Sri Lanka  2–4  Laos
Ratnayake Goal 74'
Gunaratne Goal 81'
Report Vongchiengkham Goal 31' (pen.)
Sayyabounsou Goal 47'
Sayyaboun Goal 71'
Phimmasen Goal 77'

6 March 2013
16:00
Sri Lanka  3–0  Mongolia
Gunaratne Goal 55'
Migara Goal 58'88'
Report

6 March 2013
19:00
Laos  1–1  Afghanistan
Sayavutthi Goal 30' Report Ahmadi Goal 58'

Group D[edit]

  • Matches played in Nepal (all times UTC+5:45).
  • Match times were originally scheduled at 14:30 and 17:30 but were changed to 14:00 and 17:05 due to technical reasons.[11]
  • Match times of the last round of matches were changed again to 15:15 and 18:15 due to bandh organized by political parties.[12]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 10 0 +10 7
 Bangladesh 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
   Nepal 3 1 1 1 6 2 +4 4
 Northern Mariana Islands 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0

2 March 2013
14:00
Palestine  1–0  Bangladesh
Theeb Goal 78' Report

2 March 2013
17:05
Nepal    6–0  Northern Mariana Islands
Khawas Goal 4'41'72'
Sahukhala Goal 30'
Tamang Goal 60' (pen.)
Rai Goal 68'
Report
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Fan Qi (China P.R.)

4 March 2013
14:00
Northern Mariana Islands  0–9  Palestine
Report Salem Goal 7'76'82'
Abuhabib Goal 21' (pen.)27'
Attieh Goal 23'90+1'
Theeb Goal 68'
Abugharqud Goal 83'

4 March 2013
17:05
Bangladesh  2–0    Nepal
Rony Goal 28' (pen.)57' Report

6 March 2013
18:15
Nepal    0–0  Palestine
Report
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Fan Qi (China P.R.)

Group E[edit]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Philippines 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 6
 Turkmenistan 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 3
 Cambodia 2 0 0 2 0 15 −15 0

22 March 2013
16:30
Turkmenistan  7–0  Cambodia
Amanow Goal 7'
Baýramow Goal 23'36'
Thavrak Goal 41' (o.g.)
Şamyradow Goal 74'
Abylow Goal 81'
Batyrow Goal 87'
Report

22 March 2013
19:30
Philippines  Cancelled  Brunei

24 March 2013
16:30
Brunei  Cancelled  Turkmenistan

24 March 2013
19:30
Cambodia  0–8  Philippines
Report P. Younghusband Goal 26'31'34'88'
Patiño Goal 45'58'
Schröck Goal 46'
De Murga Goal 90'

26 March 2013
16:30
Cambodia  Cancelled  Brunei

26 March 2013
19:30
Philippines  1–0  Turkmenistan
P. Younghusband Goal 67' Report
Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Wang Di (China PR)

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

To determine the two best second-placed teams, the following criteria were used:[10]

  1. Number of points obtained in the group matches
  2. Goal difference in the group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches
  4. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  5. Drawing of lots

For this ranking, the non-participation of Brunei in Group E meant that the results of the matches in the four other groups between the runner-up and the bottom-placed team were declared null and void based on Article 16.1 and Appendix 2 of the tournament regulations.[10][15]


Group
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
C  Laos 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
E  Turkmenistan 2 1 0 1 7 1 +6 3
A  India 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3
D  Bangladesh 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 3
B  Tajikistan 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Up for the challenge". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Northern Mariana debuts in Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Tajik FF applauded for excellent hosting". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  5. ^ a b "Maldives to host 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ По дороге на Мальдивы. FFKR.kg (in Russian). Football Federation of Kyrgyz Republic. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Citing financial and competitive concerns, Cambodia withdraws from 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". Goal.com. 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Brunei Withdraw from AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers". 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Brunei facing AFC Challenge Cup ban". 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  10. ^ a b c "AFC Challenge Cup 2014 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  11. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers: Match timing shifted to 2 PM & 5:05 PM". GoalNepal.com. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  12. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers: ANFA Reschedules Match Timing". GoalNepal.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Jason (2013-03-20). "No Brunei at Manila's AFC Challenge Cup". Filipino Football. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  14. ^ Rifhan, Khalis (2013-03-20). "Players disappointed with Brunei’s withdrawal from Challenge Cup". Goal.com. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  15. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup 2014 line-up confirmed". AFC. 28 March 2013. 

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