2016 AFC Cup
11–15 August 2015
9 February – 5 November 2016
|Teams||Competition proper: 36|
Total: 40 (from 23 associations)
|Champions||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (1st title)|
|Goals scored||361 (2.84 per match)|
|Attendance||394,183 (3,104 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Hammadi Ahmad (16 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Hammadi Ahmad|
|Fair play award||Bengaluru FC|
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya defeated Bengaluru FC in the final to win their first AFC Cup title, becoming the first Iraqi team to win the competition. Johor Darul Ta'zim were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Bengaluru FC.
- 1 Association team allocation
- 2 Teams
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Qualifying round
- 5 Qualifying play-off
- 6 Group stage
- 7 Knockout stage
- 8 Winners
- 9 Awards
- 10 Top scorers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Association team allocation
The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014, which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014. The 46 AFC member associations (excluding the associate member Northern Mariana Islands) are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2014 rankings:
- The associations are split into West Zone and East Zone, with 23 associations in each zone:
- In each zone, there are a total of 12 direct slots in the group stage, with the 4 remaining slots filled through play-offs.
- All associations which do not receive direct slots in the AFC Champions League group stage are eligible to enter the AFC Cup.
- The associations ranked 7th to 16th in each zone get at least one direct slot in the group stage (including losers of the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off), while the remaining associations get only play-off slots:
- The associations ranked 7th and 8th each get two direct slots.
- The associations ranked 9th to 12th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot (in play-off round).
- The associations ranked 13th to 16th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot (in preliminary round).
- The associations ranked 17th or below each get one play-off slot (in qualifying round).
The following table shows the slot allocation for the 2016 AFC Cup, which are adjusted accordingly since some of the slots are unused.
|Participation for 2016 AFC Cup|
- Iraq were given special permission to participate in the AFC Cup, since they were not allowed to participate in the AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements.
- Kuwait were allocated one AFC Champions League play-off slot and one group stage slot, but could not participate due to FIFA's suspension of its football association.
- Oman were not allowed to participate in the AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements, so their champions directly entered the AFC Cup group stage. They also had their second team directly entering the group stage instead of the play-off round due to unused slots.
- Bahrain, Lebanon and Syria were not allowed to participate in the AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements, so their champions directly entered the AFC Cup group stage.
- Palestine, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan all had their second team entering the play-off round instead of the preliminary round due to unused slots.
- Afghanistan were allocated one group stage slot and one preliminary round slot, but did not enter a team.
- Kyrgyzstan were originally allocated one qualifying round slot, but were given an additional play-off round slot.
- Yemen, Sri Lanka and Nepal were allocated one qualifying round slot, but did not enter a team.
- Indonesia were allocated one AFC Champions League play-off slot and one group stage slot, but could not participate due to FIFA's suspension of its football association.
- Myanmar, Malaysia, India and Singapore all had their second team directly entering the group stage instead of the play-off round due to unused slots.
- Maldives and Philippines both had their second team directly entering the group stage instead of the preliminary round due to unused slots.
- North Korea were allocated one group stage slot and one preliminary round slot, but did not enter a team.
- Laos were allocated one group stage slot and one preliminary round slot, but entered only one team as Lao Toyota FC is the only team in Laos eligible to play in AFC Cup.
- Guam, East Timor, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei and Brunei were allocated one qualifying round slot, but did not enter a team.
- Bangladesh was originally in the West Zone, but was moved to the East Zone due to lack of teams in the East Zone.
The following 40 teams from 23 associations entered the competition.
|Team||Qualifying method||App||Last App|
|Entering in qualifying round|
(teams not split into zones for qualifying round)
|Alga||2014 Kyrgyzstan League 3rd place||1st||none|
|Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi||2013–14 Bangladesh Football Premier League champions||1st||none|
|K-Electric||2014–15 Pakistan Premier League champions||1st||none|
|Benfica de Macau||2015 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol champions||1st||none|
|Khoromkhon||2014 Mongolia Premier League champions||1st||none|
|Druk United||2014 Bhutan National League champions||1st||none|
- AFC Champions League (ACL): Teams played in the 2016 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, but failed to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage (had they advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage, they would have been replaced in the AFC Cup group stage by another team from the same association).
- Malaysia (MAS): Since LionsXII, the 2015 Malaysia FA Cup winners, is a team managed by the Football Association of Singapore and thus ineligible to represent Malaysia in AFC club competitions, their place was taken by Selangor, the 2015 Malaysia Super League runners-up.
- Singapore (SIN): Since Brunei DPMM, the 2015 S.League champions, is a team managed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam and thus ineligible to represent Singapore in AFC club competitions, their place was taken by Tampines Rovers, the league runners-up. Moreover, since Albirex Niigata Singapore, the 2015 Singapore Cup winners and league 3rd place, is a satellite team of Japanese club Albirex Niigata and thus ineligible to represent Singapore in AFC club competitions, their place was taken by Balestier Khalsa, the league 4th place.
|Stage||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Qualifying stage||Qualifying round||29 June 2015||11–15 August 2015|
|Play-off stage||Play-off round||No draw||9 February 2016|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||10 December 2015||23–24 February 2016|
|Matchday 2||8–9 March 2016|
|Matchday 3||15–16 March 2016|
|Matchday 4||12–13 April 2016|
|Matchday 5||26–27 April 2016|
|Matchday 6||10–11 May 2016|
|Knockout stage||Round of 16||24–25 May 2016|
|Quarter-finals||9 June 2016||13–14 September 2016||20–21 September 2016|
|Semi-finals||27–28 September 2016||18–19 October 2016|
|Final||5 November 2016|
In the qualifying round, each group was played on a single round-robin basis at the pre-selected hosts. The winners of each group advanced to either the qualifying play-off or the group stage (depending on number of teams in each zone and geographical location).
|2||Druk United (H)||2||0||2||0||3||3||0||2||—||—||0–0|
|1||Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi||2||1||1||0||5||2||+3||4||Group stage[a]||—||—||4–1|
|3||Benfica de Macau||2||0||0||2||1||6||−5||0||—||0–2||—|
- Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi advanced directly to the group stage due to lack of teams in the East Zone.
In the qualifying play-off, each tie was played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 10.2). The four winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 28 direct entrants.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
The draw for the group stage was held on 10 December 2015, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.
The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order (Regulations Article 11.5):
|1||Naft Al-Wasat||6||5||0||1||9||3||+6||15||Knockout stage||—||1–0||1–0||2–0|
|1||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||6||5||0||1||15||7||+8||15||Knockout stage||—||1–0||4–1||2–1|
- The Al-Wahda v Shabab Al-Dhahiriya match on matchday 2 (9 March 2016) was not played as scheduled. It was awarded 3–0 to Al-Wahda by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on 28 April 2016, as it found Shabab Al-Dhahiriya as the relevant party for causing the cancellation of the match. The decision was reversed and awarded 3–0 to Shabab Al-Dhahiriya by the AFC Appeal Committee on 24 June 2016, as it found Al-Wahda as the relevant party for causing the cancellation of the match.
- The Shabab Al-Dhahiriya v Al-Wahda match on matchday 6 (11 May 2016) was not played as scheduled. It was awarded 3–0 to Al-Wahda by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on 13 May 2016, as it found Shabab Al-Dhahiriya as the relevant party for causing the cancellation of the match.
- The Ahli Al-Khaleel v Al-Jaish match on matchday 2 (9 March 2016) was delayed to 3 or 4 May 2016, but was not played as scheduled. It was awarded 3–0 to Al-Jaish by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on 13 May 2016, as it found Ahli Al-Khaleel as the relevant party for causing the cancellation of the match.
|4||Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi||6||1||0||5||7||19||−12||3||0–2||3–2||3–4||—|
|1||Mohun Bagan||6||3||2||1||14||9||+5||11||Knockout stage||—||0–3||3–2||5–2|
|1||Johor Darul Ta'zim||6||6||0||0||21||3||+18||18||Knockout stage||—||3–0||8–1||3–0|
|4||Lao Toyota FC||6||1||0||5||8||17||−9||3||1–4||2–1||2–3||—|
In the knockout stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split between the two zones until the final. In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, while in the round of 16 and final, each tie was played as a single match. The away goals rule (for two-legged ties), extra time (away goals would not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 12.4).
Starting from this season, the knockout stage was split between the two zones until the final, similar to the AFC Champions League (Regulations Article 12.3).
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|South China (a.e.t.)||1|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||1||2||3|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||7|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||1||1||2|
|Tampines Rovers (a.e.t.)||2|
Round of 16
In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group from the same zone, with the group winners hosting the match.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Ceres||0–1 (a.e.t.)||South China|
|Mohun Bagan||1–2 (a.e.t.)||Tampines Rovers|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||7–2||Kaya|
In the quarter-finals, the four teams from the West Zone were drawn into two ties, and the four teams from the East Zone were drawn into the other two ties, with the order of legs also decided by the draw.
The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 9 June 2016, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the Petaling Jaya Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There was no seeding or country protection, so teams from the same association could be drawn into the same tie.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|South China||2–3||Johor Darul Ta'zim||1–1||1–2|
|Bengaluru FC||1–0||Tampines Rovers||1–0||0–0|
In the semi-finals, the two quarter-final winners from the West Zone played each other, and the two quarter-final winners from the East Zone played each other, with the order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||2–4||Bengaluru FC||1–1||1–3|
In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the host team decided by a draw, held after the quarter-final draw.
|Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||1–0||Bengaluru FC|
|AFC Cup 2016|
|Most Valuable Player||Hammadi Ahmad||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya|
|Top Goalscorer||Hammadi Ahmad||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya|
|Fair Play Award||—||Bengaluru FC|
|1||Hammadi Ahmad||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||2||1||2||1||2||3||1||1||1||1||1||16|
|Mohd Safiq Rahim||Johor Darul Ta'zim||3||1||2||1||1||8|
|4||Christopher Chizoba||Ayeyawady United||3||2||1||6|
|Jorge Pereyra Díaz||Johor Darul Ta'zim||1||1||1||1||1||1||6|
|Jeje Lalpekhlua||Mohun Bagan||2||1||2||1||6|
|Juan Martín Lucero||Johor Darul Ta'zim||2||3||1||6|
Note: Goals scored in the qualifying play-off are not counted when determining top scorer (see regulations, Article 77.4).
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