2015–16 Iraq FA Cup

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2015–16 Iraq FA Cup
Country Iraq
Dates5 October 2015 – 29 May 2016
Teams31
ChampionsAl-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Runners-upAl-Zawraa
Matches played37
Goals scored97 (2.62 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Luay Salah
(6 goals)

The 2015–16 Iraq FA Cup was the 27th edition of the Iraqi knockout football cup competition, the main domestic cup in Iraqi football. It was the second edition held after the 2002–03 edition, although the 2012–13 one was abandoned. At first, thirty-nine teams were set to participate in the competition, but after the withdrawals of many of the Iraqi Premier League teams, only days before the second round, clubs including Al-Shorta, Al-Talaba, Al-Hudood, Al-Sinaa, Naft Maysan, Al-Najaf, Zakho, and Al-Kahrabaa,[1] a total of twelve teams from the Iraqi Premier League and nineteen from Iraq Division One ended up participating. It began on 5 October 2015 and ended on 29 May 2016 with the final at the Al-Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, which has hosted the final ever since the competition started (apart from the 2003 final).

The winner of the competition was Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya who won their 4th cup by defeating 14-time winners Al-Zawraa 2–0 in the final. Therefore, they qualified for the 2017 AFC Cup.

Ironically, the two sides who contested the most recent Iraq FA Cup final in 2003, where Al-Talaba defeated Al-Shorta 1–0, were the first two teams to withdraw from this year's competition.[2]

Format[edit]

Participation[edit]

The cup starts with a qualifying round of the 19 teams from the Iraq Division One, 14 of which play against each other and 5 of which automatically proceed to the next round. The 20 (later becoming 12) teams from the Iraqi Premier League join the other teams in the Round of 32.[3]

Draw[edit]

For the first round, the participating teams will be split into two pots of 9 teams in one and 10 in the other. For the remaining rounds other than the final, the draw will be conducted from just one pot. The final is held in the Al-Shaab Stadium, a nominally neutral venue.

Match rules[edit]

Teams meet in one game in the first round, round of 32 and round of 16. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, the teams will have two-legged ties. The final will have only one-leg. A match will take place for 90 minutes, with two halves of 45 minutes. If still tied after regulation or tied on aggregate, the match will be decided by a penalty shootout. A coin toss will decide who takes the first penalty.

Cards[edit]

If a player receives a second yellow card, they will be banned from the next cup match. If a player receives a red card, they will be banned a minimum of one match, but more can be added by the Iraq Football Association.

Participating clubs[edit]

The following 31 teams participated in the competition:

Iraqi Premier League
12 clubs from the 2015–16 season
Iraq Division One
19 clubs from the 2015–16 season

Map[edit]

2015–16 Iraq FA Cup is located in Iraq
Baghdad
Baghdad
Duhok
Duhok
Basra
Basra
Balad
Balad
Shahraban
Shahraban
Qazaniya
Qazaniya
Al-Sadda
Al-Sadda
Locations of the 2015–16 Iraq FA Cup clubs
Baghdad teams Duhok teams Basra teams
Al-Zawraa
Amanat Baghdad
Al-Naft
Al-Oloom Wal-Technologia
Al-Etisalat
Al-Jaish
Al-Karkh
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Al-Difaa Al-Madani
Al-Hussein
Al-Khutoot
Al-Mahmoudiya
Al-Najda
Al-Saha
Al-Sulaikh
Duhok
Kara
Al-Minaa
Naft Al-Junoob

Schedule[edit]

The rounds of the 2015–16 competition are scheduled as follows:

Round Draw date and time Matches dates
First round 1 September 2015 5–6 October 2015
Round of 32 4 November 2015 10–12 November 2015
Round of 16 16–17 November 2015
Quarterfinals 15 December 2015 19 December 2015 – 2 January 2016
Semifinals 21 December 2015 9–16 January 2016
Final 4 April 2016 29 May 2016

First round[edit]

The first round was drawn on 1 September 2015 at 12:00 in the Iraq Football Association building in Baghdad by the Director of the Competitions Committee Shihab Ahmed.[4] The matches took place from 5–6 October 2015.[5]

Round of 32[edit]

The Round of 32 and the Round of 16 were drawn on 4 November 2015 at 12:00 in the Iraq Football Association building in Baghdad by the Director of the Competitions Committee Shihab Ahmed.[6] The matches took place from 10–12 November 2015.

Diyala, Al-Sulaikh, Al-Saha, Balad, and Al-Kufa gained automatic qualification to the Round of 32.

Round of 16[edit]

Round of 16 matches took place from 16–17 November 2015.

Al-Khutoot, Naft Al-Junoob, Naft Al-Wasat, Al-Saha, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, Al-Jaish, Balad, and Duhok gained automatic qualification to the Round of 16 after the withdrawals of their respective opponents: Al-Shorta, Al-Talaba, Al-Hudood, Al-Sinaa, Naft Maysan, Al-Najaf, Zakho, and Al-Kahrabaa in the Round of 32.

Quarterfinals[edit]

The draw for the quarterfinals was held on 15 December 2015 at 12:00 in the Iraq Football Association building in Baghdad by the Director of the Competitions Committee Shihab Ahmed.[7] The matches will take place from 19–27 December 2015.

First legs[edit]

Al-Khutoot0–1Duhok
Mushir Goal 45'
University of Baghdad Stadium, Baghdad

Naft Al-Junoob3–2Amanat Baghdad
Mubarak Goal 3'
Abdel-Salam Goal 45'
Kadhim Goal 74'
Report Mohammed Goal 20' (p)
Amado Goal 65'
Naft Al-Junoob Stadium, Basra

Al-Hussein2–1Al-Zawraa
Kareem Goal 65'
Raad Goal 89'
Report Abdul-Zahra Goal 74'
Five Thousand Stadium, Baghdad

Second legs[edit]

Duhok2–2Al-Khutoot
Khalid Goal 52'
Mushir Goal 89' (p)
Karim Goal 34'
Saad Goal 40' (p)

Duhok won 3–2 on aggregate.


Amanat Baghdad1–3Naft Al-Junoob
Nasr-Allah Goal 49' Salam Goal 24'
Awdah Goal 76'
Jawad Goal 88'

Naft Al-Junoob won 6–3 on aggregate.


Al-Zawraa3–1Al-Hussein
Jafal Goal (p)
Salah Goal
Zaidan Goal
Taha Goal
Al-Sinaa Stadium, Baghdad

Al-Zawraa won 4–3 on aggregate.


Al-Karkh0–1Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Muhsin Goal 48'

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won 2–1 on aggregate.

Semifinals[edit]

First legs[edit]

Naft Al-Junoob0–2Al-Zawraa
Report Salah Goal 42'
Ali Goal 76'
Naft Al-Junoob Stadium, Basra

Duhok4–1Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Ibrahim Goal 10'
Al Douni Goal 30'
Mushir Goal 62' (p)
Mamoun Goal 79'
Report Hassan Goal 25'
Referee: Nozad Salih

Second legs[edit]

Al-Zawraa2–1Naft Al-Junoob
Abdul-Zahra Goal 31'63' Report Awda Goal 87'
Al-Sinaa Stadium, Baghdad

Al-Zawraa won 4–1 on aggregate.


4–4 on aggregate. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won on away goals.

Final[edit]

Al-Zawraa0–2Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Rasan Goal 58'
Tariq Goal 90+4'
Saeed Yellow card 89' Yellow-red card 90+6'

Bracket[edit]

From the Round of 16 onwards:

  Round of 16
16–17 November 2015
Quarterfinals
19 December 2015 – 2 January 2016
Semifinals
9–16 January 2016
Final
29 May 2016
                                     
Naft Al-Junoob 1  
Al-Samawa 0  
  Naft Al-Junoob 3 3 6  
  Amanat Baghdad 2 1 3  
Al-Saha 0
Amanat Baghdad 1  
  Naft Al-Junoob 0 1 1  
  Al-Zawraa 2 2 4  
Al-Hussein 3  
Balad 0  
  Al-Hussein 2 1 3
  Al-Zawraa 1 3 4  
Al-Zawraa 4
Diyala 0  
  Al-Zawraa 0
  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2
Al-Khutoot 1  
Karbalaa 0  
  Al-Khutoot 0 2 2
  Duhok 1 2 3  
Duhok 2
Al-Naft 1  
  Duhok 4 0 4
  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (a) 1 3 4  
Naft Al-Wasat 0  
Al-Karkh 2  
  Al-Karkh 1 0 1
  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1 1 2  
Al-Jaish 1
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3  

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The broadcasting rights were bought by Ishtar Cinema Production Co. Ltd from the Iraq Football Association for five seasons in the start of the 2015–16 season.[8] Iraqiya Sport signed a protocol with the company to televise the FA Cup and the Iraqi Premier League matches. From the first round until the second legs of the semifinals, no channel was interested in buying the FA Cup matches' rights. On 10 January 2016, Iraqiya Sport bought the rights of the last three games of the competition.[9] However, the administrative board of Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya refused to televise their match against Duhok on live TV.[10] On 4 April, the director of the production company, Mohammed Haijal, announced that the broadcasting rights of the final were given to Al-Kass Sports Channel.[11]

Round Live TV games
Iraqiya Sport Channel
Semifinals Al-Zawraa vs Naft Al-Junoob
beIN Sports
Al-Kass Sports Channel
Iraqiya Sport Channel
Final Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya vs Al-Zawraa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al-Zawra'a defeat Al-Difaa Al-Madani and reach the Round of 16 for the Iraq FA Cup". Moujaz Al-Iraq (in Arabic). November 10, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Mubarak, Hassanin (December 29, 2003). "Iraq 2002/03". RSSSF.
  3. ^ "The draw of the first round of the Iraq FA Cup is over with the participation of 19 teams" (in Arabic). Hamrin News. Al-Mada Press. September 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Today, the football association hold the FA Cup conference" (in Arabic). Albaghdadia News. September 1, 2015. Archived from the original on September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hot ties in the draw of the FA Cup" (in Arabic). Ahrar Al-Iraq. September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Today, the FA draws the Round of 32 of the Iraq FA Cup" (November 4, 2015). Iraq News Network (in Arabic).
  7. ^ "Football Association set the dates of the FA Cup matches". Moujaz Al-Iraq (in Arabic). December 15, 2015. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ishtar to broadcast the Iraqi Premier League". Al-Amal Sport (in Arabic). October 13, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Ishtar Cinema Production Co. Ltd". Facebook (in Arabic). January 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Essa, Sami (January 16, 2016). "Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya refuse to televise their match against Duhok in the cup". Kooora (in Arabic).
  11. ^ "Mohammed Haijal". Facebook (in Arabic). April 4, 2016.

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