2017–18 Saudi Crown Prince Cup

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2017–18 Crown Prince Cup
Country Saudi Arabia
Dates7 September 2017 – 19 September 2017
Teams14
Matches played4
Goals scored5 (1.25 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Andria
Abdelkader Oueslati
Shikabala
Danilo Asprilla
Marcos Pizzelli
(1 goal each)
All statistics correct as of 19 September 2017.

The 2017–18 Crown Prince Cup is the 43rd season of the Saudi premier knockout tournament for football teams of the Saudi Professional League. It will begin on 7 September 2017 and will concluded with the final on March 2018.[1]

Al-Ittihad are the defending champions after a 1–0 win over Al-Nassr in the final.[2]

On 19 September 2017, the General Sports Authority decided to cancel and abolish the tournament and start the new edition next season[3]

Changes and Format[edit]

For the first time, the Crown Prince Cup tournament will be contested by the 14 teams of the Pro League, having been decreased from the 30-team format that had been used since the 2013–14 season.[4] Under this new format, the finalists from the previous season will receive a bye to the knockout stage while the remaining 12 enter at the preliminary round. The Crown Prince Cup is played as a knockout cup competition with each tie being played as a single match with the winner advancing to the next round.

On 16 June 2017 it was announced by the SAFF that VAR would be implemented in the tournament.[5]

Participating teams[edit]

Pro League (14 Teams)

First stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The Round of 16 matches are to be played from 7 September to 30 October 2017.[6][7] All times are local, AST (UTC+3).

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 9 September 2017[8]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Madagascar Andria Ohod 1
Tunisia Abdelkader Oueslati Al-Fateh
Egypt Shikabala Al-Raed
Colombia Danilo Asprilla Al-Fayha
Armenia Marcos Pizzelli Al-Shabab

Note: Players and teams marked in bold are still active in the competition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017–18 Saudi Crown Prince Cup Draw" (in Arabic). SAFF. 22 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  2. ^ "الاتحاد بطلا لكأس ولي العهد السعودي2017" (in Arabic). Sky News. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "قرارات معالي رئيس مجلس إدارة الهيئة العامة للرياضة". September 19, 2017. Archived from the original on September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "اكأس ولي العهد لفرق دوري جميل" (in Arabic). akhbaar. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ "مصادر .. "تقنية الفيديو" تراقب 10 مباريات من دوري جميل" (in Arabic). akhbaar. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Skip Navigation Linksالاتحاد السعودي لكرة القدم > مركز الأخبار > صدور جدول دور ال16 من كأس سمو ولي العهدد" [Round of 16 fixtures] (in Arabic). SAFF. 27 June 2017. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Round of 16". goalzz.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Top Scorers -Crown Prince Cup". goalzz. Retrieved 8 September 2017.