2016 AFC Cup

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2016 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 11–15 August 2015 (qualifying round)
27 January – 5 November 2016 (competition proper)
Teams Maximum of 54 (from Maximum of 34 associations)
2015
2017

The 2016 AFC Cup will be the 13th edition of the AFC Cup, Asia's secondary club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Association team allocation[edit]

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014,[1] which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014.[2] The member associations 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:[3]

  • The top 24 member associations (MAs) as per the AFC rankings which do not receive direct slots in the AFC Champions League are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup group stage.
  • The MAs ranked 25 to 32 are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup group stage, and the associations ranked 33 to 47 are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off (including those of "emerging countries" which participated in the AFC President's Cup, whose last edition was in 2014).

The AFC Competitions Committee decided on the participation of member associations in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC Cup on 28 November 2014.[4][5][6]

Teams[edit]

Teams in italics will play in the 2016 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off (if they pass the club licensing requirements), and will play in the AFC Cup group stage if they fail to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage (should they advance to the AFC Champions League group stage, they will be replaced by another team from the same association).

The following six teams entered the qualifying round, scheduled to be played at centralized venues between 11–15 August 2015.[5][7][8]

Team Qualifying method App Last App
Entering in qualifying round
Kyrgyzstan Alga 2014 Kyrgyzstan League 3rd place 1st none
Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2013–14 Bangladesh Football Premier League champions 1st none
Pakistan KESC 2014–15 Pakistan Premier League champions 1st none
Bhutan Druk United 2014 Bhutan National League champions 1st none
Macau Benfica de Macau 2015 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol champions 1st none
Mongolia Khoromkhon 2014 Mongolia Premier League champions 1st none
Notes
  1. ^ a b Indonesia (IDN): The 2015 Indonesia Super League and Piala Indonesia were officially discontinued by the Football Association of Indonesia on 2 May 2015 due to a ban by Imam Nahrawi, the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, against them to run any football competition.[9]
  2. ^ Malaysia (MAS): Since LionsXII, a side managed by the Football Association of Singapore and thus ineligible to represent Malaysia in continental competition, won the 2015 Malaysia FA Cup, the 2015 Malaysia Super League runners-up will be chosen to represent Malaysia in the AFC Cup.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[10]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 No draw 27 January 2016
Preliminary round 2 2 February 2016
Play-off stage Play-off round 9 February 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 TBA 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
Knock-out stage Round of 16 24–25 May 2016
Quarter-finals TBA 13–14 September 2016 20–21 September 2016
Semi-finals 27–28 September 2016 18–19 October 2016
Final 5 November 2016

Qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the qualifying round was held on 29 June 2015. The teams were seeded according to the performance of their association in the 2014 AFC President's Cup:[8]

Pot 1 (Hosts) Pot 2 Pot 3

The six teams were drawn into two groups of three. Each group is played on a single round-robin basis at the pre-selected hosts. The winners of each group advance to the qualifying play-off.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.[11]

  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;
  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 a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

  • All matches are held in Bhutan.
  • Time listed are UTC+6.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Bhutan Druk United (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualifying play-off
2 Mongolia Khoromkhon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Pakistan KESC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 August 2015. Source: AFC
(H) Host.

11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
18:00
KESC Pakistan v Bhutan Druk United
Report

13 August 2015 (2015-08-13)
18:00
Khoromkhon Mongolia v Pakistan KESC
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kyrgyzstan Alga (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualifying play-off
2 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Macau Benfica de Macau 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 August 2015. Source: AFC
(H) Host.

11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
18:00
Benfica de Macau Macau v Kyrgyzstan Alga
Report


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