2015–16 Iraq FA Cup
|Dates||5 October 2015 – 29 May 2016|
|Goals scored||97 (2.62 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Luay Salah|
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, 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).
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.
- 1 Format
- 2 Participating clubs
- 3 Schedule
- 4 First round
- 5 Round of 32
- 6 Round of 16
- 7 Quarterfinals
- 8 Semifinals
- 9 Final
- 10 Bracket
- 11 Broadcasting rights
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Bold: indicated teams are still in competition
- Al-Shorta, Al-Talaba, Al-Hudood, Al-Sinaa, Naft Maysan, Al-Najaf, Zakho, and Al-Kahrabaa withdrew from the competition on 10 November 2015.
|Baghdad teams||Duhok teams||Basra teams|
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|
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. The matches took place from 5–6 October 2015.
|5 October 2015||Al-Khutoot||3–1||Ghaz Al-Shamal||Baghdad|
|Stadium: Amanat Baghdad Stadium|
|5 October 2015||Al-Difaa Al-Madani||1–1 (aet)|
|14:30||Stadium: Haifa Stadium|
Referee: Alaa Jawad
|6 October 2015||Qazaniya||1–2||Kara||Mandali|
Round of 32
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. The matches took place from 10–12 November 2015.
|10 November 2015||Al-Zawraa||2–0||Al-Difaa Al-Madani||Baghdad|
|Stadium: Al-Sinaa Stadium|
|11 November 2015||Al-Samawa||3–0 (awd)||Al-Qasim||Samawa|
|Stadium: Al-Samawa Stadium|
|Note: *Al-Qasim withdrew from the game at half-time with the score at 3–1, therefore the match was awarded as a 3–0 win.|
|11 November 2015||Al-Kufa||1–2 (aet)||Amanat Baghdad||Najaf|
|Stadium: Al-Kufa Stadium|
|12 November 2015||Al-Karkh||2–1||Erbil||Baghdad|
|Mustafa 88'||Stadium: Al-Karkh Stadium|
Round of 16
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.
|17 November 2015||Al-Jaish||1–3||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||Baghdad|
|Stadium: Al-Jaish Stadium|
|17 November 2015||Duhok||2–1||Al-Naft||Duhok|
|13:30||Mushir 28' (p)
|Mshari 64'||Stadium: Duhok Stadium|
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. The matches will take place from 19–27 December 2015.
|Naft Al-Junoob||3–2||Amanat Baghdad|
|Report||Mohammed 20' (p)
Duhok won 3–2 on aggregate.
|Amanat Baghdad||1–3||Naft Al-Junoob|
|Nasr-Allah 49'||Salam 24'
Naft Al-Junoob won 6–3 on aggregate.
Al-Zawraa won 4–3 on aggregate.
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won 2–1 on aggregate.
Al Douni 30'
Mushir 62' (p)
Al-Zawraa won 4–1 on aggregate.
4–4 on aggregate. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya won on away goals.
From the Round of 16 onwards:
|Round of 16
16–17 November 2015
19 December 2015 – 2 January 2016
9–16 January 2016
29 May 2016
|Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (a)||1||3||4|
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. 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. However, the administrative board of Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya refused to televise their match against Duhok on live TV. 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.
|Round||Live TV games|
|Iraqiya Sport Channel|
|Semifinals||Al-Zawraa vs Naft Al-Junoob|
Al-Kass Sports Channel
Iraqiya Sport Channel
|Final||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya vs Al-Zawraa|
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