2019 AFC Champions League

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2019 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
5–19 February 2019
Competition proper:
4 March – 24 November 2019
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 51 (from 22 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played120
Goals scored337 (2.81 per match)
Attendance1,611,589 (13,430 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Leonardo (9 goals)
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of 18 September 2019.
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2019 AFC Champions League is the 38th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 17th under the current AFC Champions League title.[1]

The winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. The runners-up will also qualify if the AFC Champions League winners are from Qatar. Kashima Antlers were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Association team allocation[edit]

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 2019 and 2020 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2017 AFC rankings (Entry Manual Article 2.3):[2]

  • The associations are split into two regions:
  • In each region, there are four groups in the group stage, including a total of 12 direct slots, with the 4 remaining slots filled through play-offs.
  • The top 12 associations in each region as per the AFC rankings are eligible to enter the AFC Champions League, as long as they fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.
  • The top six associations in each region get at least one direct slot in the group stage, while the remaining associations get only play-off slots (as well as AFC Cup group stage slots):
    • The associations ranked 1st and 2nd each get three direct slots and one play-off slot.
    • The associations ranked 3rd and 4th each get two direct slots and two play-off slots.
    • The associations ranked 5th each get one direct slot and two play-off slots.
    • The associations ranked 6th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot.
    • The associations ranked 7th to 12th each get one play-off slot.
  • The maximum number of slots for each association is one-third of the total number of eligible teams in the top division.
  • If any association gives up its direct slots, they are redistributed to the highest eligible association, with each association limited to a maximum of three direct slots.
  • If any association gives up its play-off slots, they are annulled and not redistributed to any other association.

For the 2019 AFC Champions League, the associations are allocated slots according to their association ranking which was published on 15 December 2017,[3] which takes into account their performance in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, as well as their national team's FIFA World Rankings, between 2014 and 2017.[2][4]

Participation for 2019 AFC Champions League
Participating
Not participating
Notes
  1. ^ Australia (AUS): The top division run by the Football Federation Australia, the A-League, only had nine Australia-based teams in the 2017–18 season, so Australia could only get a maximum of three total slots (Entry Manual 5.4).[2]
  2. ^ Bahrain (BHR): Bahrain did not have any teams which had an AFC Champions League license.[5]
  3. ^ Syria (SYR): Syria did not implement the AFC Champions League club licensing system.[5]

Teams[edit]

In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count only those since the 2002–03 season (including qualifying rounds), when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.

Notes
  1. ^ Malaysia (MAS): Pahang, the 2018 Malaysia FA Cup winners, were suspended from all AFC tournaments for not being permitted to apply for AFC licenses for two years. As a result, Perak, the 2018 Malaysia Super League runners-up, entered the qualifying play-offs.[6][7][8]
  2. ^ Singapore (SIN): Albirex Niigata Singapore, the 2018 Singapore Premier League champions, is a satellite team of Japanese club Albirex Niigata and thus ineligible to represent Singapore in AFC club competitions. As a result, Home United, the league runners-up, entered the qualifying play-offs.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[9]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 No draw 5 February 2019
Preliminary round 2 12 February 2019
Play-off stage Play-off round 19 February 2019
Group stage Matchday 1 22 November 2018 4–6 March 2019
Matchday 2 11–13 March 2019
Matchday 3 8–10 April 2019
Matchday 4 22–24 April 2019
Matchday 5 6–8 May 2019
Matchday 6 20–22 May 2019
Knockout stage Round of 16 18–19 June 2019 (East),
5–6 August 2019 (West)
25–26 June 2019 (East),
12–13 August 2019 (West)
Quarter-finals 2 July 2019 26–28 August 2019 16–18 September 2019
Semi-finals 1–2 October 2019 22–23 October 2019
Final 9 November 2019 24 November 2019

Qualifying play-offs[edit]

In the qualifying play-offs, each tie was played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 9.2). The eight winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 24 direct entrants. All losers in each round from associations with only play-off slot entered the AFC Cup group stage.[1]

The bracket of the qualifying play-offs for each region, determined based on the association ranking of each team, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match, was officially announced by the AFC prior to the group stage draw on 22 November 2018.[10] Teams from the same association could not be placed into the same tie.

Preliminary round 1[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Wehdat Jordan 2–3 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Ceres–Negros Philippines 1–2 Myanmar Yangon United
Home United Singapore 1–3 Indonesia Persija Jakarta

Preliminary round 2[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 2–1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
AGMK Uzbekistan 4–2 Tajikistan Istiklol
Saipa Iran 4–0 India Minerva Punjab
Zob Ahan Iran 1–0 (a.e.t.) Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Perak Malaysia 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(6–5 p)
Hong Kong Kitchee
Bangkok United Thailand 0–1 Vietnam Hà Nội
Chiangrai United Thailand 3–1 Myanmar Yangon United
Newcastle Jets Australia 3–1 (a.e.t.) Indonesia Persija Jakarta

Play-off round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 1–2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia 4–0 Uzbekistan AGMK
Al-Rayyan Qatar 3–1 Iran Saipa
Al-Gharafa Qatar 2–3 Iran Zob Ahan
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 5–1 Malaysia Perak
Shandong Luneng China 4–1 Vietnam Hà Nội
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Thailand Chiangrai United
Kashima Antlers Japan 4–1 Australia Newcastle Jets

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held in 22 November 2018, 16:30 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[10] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four: four groups each in the West Region (Groups A–D) and the East Region (Groups E–H). Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.

In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16 of the knockout stage.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZOB NAS ZAW WAS
1 Iran Zob Ahan 6 3 3 0 10 5 +5 12 Round of 16 0–0 0–0 2–0
2 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10 2–3 4–1 3–1
3 Iraq Al-Zawraa 6 2 2 2 14 9 +5 8 2–2 1–2 5–0
4 United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl 6 1 0 5 4 18 −14 3 1–3 1–0 1–5
Source: AFC

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WAH ITH LOK RAY
1 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 4 1 1 14 9 +5 13 Round of 16 4–1 3–1 4–3
2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 3 2 1 13 9 +4 11 1–1 3–2 5–1
3 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 2–0 1–1 3–2
4 Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 1 0 5 9 17 −8 3 1–2 0–2 2–1
Source: AFC

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HIL DUH EST AIN
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13 Round of 16 3–1 1–0 2–0
2 Qatar Al-Duhail 6 2 3 1 11 8 +3 9 2–2 3–0 2–2
3 Iran Esteghlal 6 2 2 2 6 8 −2 8 2–1 1–1 1–1
4 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 0 2 4 4 10 −6 2 0–1 0–2 1–2
Source: AFC

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAD AHL PAK PER
1 Qatar Al-Sadd 6 3 1 2 7 8 −1 10 Round of 16 2–1 2–1 1–0
2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 3 0 3 7 7 0 9 2–0 2–1 2–1
3 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 2–2 1–0 1–0
4 Iran Persepolis 6 2 1 3 6 5 +1 7 2–0 2–0 1–1
Source: AFC

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SDL KAS GYE JDT
1 China Shandong Luneng 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11 Round of 16 2–2 2–1 2–1
2 Japan Kashima Antlers 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 2–1 0–1 2–1
3 South Korea Gyeongnam FC 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8 2–2 2–3 2–0
4 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4 0–1 1–0 1–1
Source: AFC

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAN GZE DAE MEL
1 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15 Round of 16 1–0 2–0 2–1
2 China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4 10 2–0 1–0 4–0
3 South Korea Daegu FC 6 3 0 3 10 6 +4 9 0–1 3–1 4–0
4 Australia Melbourne Victory 6 0 1 5 4 17 −13 1 1–3 1–1 1–3
Source: AFC

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JEO URA BJG BUR
1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13 Round of 16 2–1 3–1 0–0
2 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5 10 0–1 3–0 3–0
3 China Beijing FC 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7 0–1 0–0 2–0
4 Thailand Buriram United 6 1 1 4 3 10 −7 4 1–0 1–2 1–3
Source: AFC

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ULS SSI KAW SYD
1 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 6 3 2 1 5 7 −2 11 Round of 16 1–0 1–0 1–0
2 China Shanghai SIPG 6 2 3 1 13 8 +5 9 5–0 1–0 2–2
3 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3 8 2–2 2–2 1–0
4 Australia Sydney FC 6 0 3 3 5 11 −6 3 0–0 3–3 0–4
Source: AFC

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split into the two regions until the final. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 11.3).[1]

Bracket[edit]

The bracket was decided after the draw for the quarter-finals, which was held on 2 July 2019, 16:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[11][12]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                             
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1 3 4  
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1 2 3  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2 1 3  
  Qatar Al-Sadd 1 3 4  
Qatar Al-Duhail 1 1 2
Qatar Al-Sadd 1 3 4  
  Qatar Al-Sadd  
West Region
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal  
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 4 6  
Iran Zob Ahan 1 3 4  
  Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 0 1 1
  Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 3 3  
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2 1 3
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 4 0 4  
  Winners of SF1 (West)
  Winners of SF2 (East)
China Shanghai SIPG (p) 1 1 (5)  
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 1 (3)  
  China Shanghai SIPG 2 1 3
  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (a) 2 1 3  
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 3 4
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2 0 2  
  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
East Region
  China Guangzhou Evergrande  
China Guangzhou Evergrande (p) 2 2 (6)  
China Shandong Luneng 1 3 (5)  
  China Guangzhou Evergrande (a) 0 1 1
  Japan Kashima Antlers 0 1 1  
Japan Kashima Antlers (a) 1 2 3
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0 3 3  

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group from the same region, with the group winners hosting the second leg, and the matchups determined by the group stage draw.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Region
Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia 4–3 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1–1 3–2
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 6–4 Iran Zob Ahan 2–1 4–3
Al-Duhail Qatar 2–4 Qatar Al-Sadd 1–1 1–3
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 3–4 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–4 1–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
Kashima Antlers Japan 3–3 (a) Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0 2–3
Guangzhou Evergrande China 4–4 (6–5 p) China Shandong Luneng 2–1 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 4–2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1–2 3–0
Shanghai SIPG China 2–2 (5–3 p) South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 2 July 2019.[12] In the quarter-finals, the four round of 16 winners from the West Region (whose identity was not known at the time of the draw) played in two ties, and the four round of 16 winners from the East Region play in two ties, with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw, without any seeding or country protection.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Region
Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia 3–4 Qatar Al-Sadd 2–1 1–3
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–0 1–3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
Shanghai SIPG China 3–3 (a) Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2–2 1–1
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–1 (a) Japan Kashima Antlers 0–0 1–1

Semi-finals[edit]

In the semi-finals, the two quarter-final winners from the West Region play each other, and the two quarter-final winners from the East Region play each other, with the order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Region
Al-Sadd Qatar SF1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 Oct 22 Oct
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan SF2 China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 Oct 23 Oct

Final[edit]

In the final, the two semi-final winners play each other, with the order of legs (first leg hosted by team from the West Region, second leg hosted by team from the East Region) reversed from the previous season's final.

Winners of SF1 (West Region) v Winners of SF2 (East Region)
Stats Report
Winners of SF2 (East Region) v Winners of SF1 (West Region)
Stats Report

Top scorers[edit]

As of 18 September 2019
  Team eliminated / inactive for this round.
  Player is not in the team but team still active for this round.

Note: Players in bold still active in competition.

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 2R1 2R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 F1 F2 Total
1 Brazil Leonardo United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 2 1 4 1 1 9
2 Syria Omar Al Somah Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2 2 1 1 1 7
France Bafétimbi Gomis Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 1 2 3
Japan Shinzo Koroki Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 1 2 1 1
5 Iraq Alaa Abbas Iraq Al-Zawraa 2 1 1 2 6
Brazil Giuliano Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1 1 1 2 1
Brazil Hulk China Shanghai SIPG 1 2 1 2
Italy Graziano Pellè China Shandong Luneng 2 2 1 1
9 Uzbekistan Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 1 1 1 2 5
Brazil Romarinho Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 1 1 2
Brazil Talisca China Guangzhou Evergrande 1 1 2 1

Note: Goals scored in the qualifying play-offs are not counted when determining top scorer (Regulations Article 64.4).[1]

Source: AFC[13]

Player of the week awards[edit]

Matchday Toyota Player of the Week
Player Team
Group stage
Matchday 1[14] Brazil Cesinha South Korea Daegu FC
Matchday 2[15] Iraq Alaa Abbas Iraq Al-Zawraa
Matchday 3[16] Brazil Talisca China Guangzhou Evergrande
Matchday 4[17] Brazil Leonardo United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Matchday 5[18] Brazil Hulk China Shanghai SIPG
Matchday 6[19] Japan Yasuto Wakizaka Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Knockout stage
Round of 16 1st leg – East[20] Japan Kenyu Sugimoto Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Round of 16 2nd leg – East[21] Japan Shoma Doi Japan Kashima Antlers
Round of 16 1st leg – West[22] France Bafétimbi Gomis Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Round of 16 2nd leg – West[23] Brazil Romarinho Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Quarter-finals 1st leg[24] Brazil Giuliano Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Quarter-finals 2nd leg
Semi-finals 1st leg
Semi-finals 2nd leg
Final

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2019 AFC Champions League Competition Regulations" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  2. ^ a b c "Entry Manual: AFC Club Competitions 2017–2020" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  3. ^ a b c "AFC Club Competitions Ranking (as of 15 December 2017)" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  4. ^ "AFC Club Competitions Ranking Mechanics (2017 version)" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  5. ^ a b "List of Licensed Clubs for the 2019 AFC Champions League" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  6. ^ "Pahang can forget playing AFC Cup competitions for 2 years". nst.com.my. 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Two years can't apply for AFC Club License". hmetro.com.my. 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Pahang FA was suspended for 2 years". utusan.com.my. 22 December 2017.
  9. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019". Asian Football Confederation. 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Continent's elite set for 2019 campaign". AFC. 22 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Asian clubs continue pursuit for glory". AFC. 1 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Quarter-final ties confirmed". AFC. 2 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2019 AFC Champions League (Group stage, Round of 16, Knock-out stage)". the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation.
  14. ^ "ACL2019 MD1 Toyota Player of the Week: Cesinha (Daegu FC)". Asian Football Confederation. 8 March 2019.
  15. ^ "ACL2019 MD2 Toyota Player of the Week: Alaa Abbas (Al Zawraa)". Asian Football Confederation. 15 March 2019.
  16. ^ "ACL2019 MD3 Toyota Player of the Week: Anderson Talisca". Asian Football Confederation. 12 April 2019.
  17. ^ "ACL2019 MD4 Toyota Player of the Week: Leonardo". Asian Football Confederation. 26 April 2019.
  18. ^ "ACL2019 MD5 Toyota Player of the Week: Hulk". Asian Football Confederation. 10 May 2019.
  19. ^ "ACL2019 MD6 Toyota Player of the Week: Yasuto Wakizaka". Asian Football Confederation. 24 May 2019.
  20. ^ "ACL2019 Round of 16, First Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Kenyu Sugimoto". Asian Football Confederation. 21 June 2019.
  21. ^ "ACL2019 Round of 16, Second Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Shoma Doi". Asian Football Confederation. 28 June 2019.
  22. ^ "ACL 2019 Round of 16 First Leg – West: Toyota Player of the Week". Asian Football Confederation. 9 August 2019.
  23. ^ "ACL 2019 Round of 16 Second Leg – West: Toyota Player of the Week". Asian Football Confederation. 16 August 2019.
  24. ^ "ACL 2019 QF First Leg Toyota Player of the Week: Giuliano". Asian Football Confederation. 30 August 2019.

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