2019 AFC Champions League

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2019 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates5 February – 24 November 2019
Teams51 (from 22 associations)
2018
2020

The 2019 AFC Champions League will be 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]

Kashima Antlers are the title holders.

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, during the period 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 have nine Australia-based teams in the 2017–18 season, so Australia can only get a maximum of three total slots (Entry Manual 5.4).[2]

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. Only teams assured of a place are displayed.

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, will enter the qualifying play-offs.[5][6][7]
  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, will enter the qualifying play-offs.
Location of teams of the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Red pog.svg West Region
Green pog.svg East Region
(p) Qualifying play-off participants

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[8]

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 17–19 June 2019 24–26 June 2019
Quarter-finals TBA June/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 is played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 9.2). The eight winners of the play-off round advance to the group stage to join the 24 direct entrants. All losers in each round from associations with only play-off slots enter the AFC Cup group stage.[1]

The bracket of the qualifying play-offs for each region will be officially announced by the AFC prior to the group stage draw on 22 November 2018, and is determined based on the association ranking of each team, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Teams from the same association cannot be placed into the same play-off.

Preliminary round 1[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Wehdat Jordan 5 Feb (West 1.4) Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Ceres–Negros Philippines 5 Feb (East 1.3) Myanmar Yangon United
Home United Singapore 5 Feb (East 1.4) Indonesia Indonesia 1

Preliminary round 2[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 12 Feb (West 2.1) Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
AGMK Uzbekistan 12 Feb (West 2.2) Tajikistan Istiklol
Saipa Iran 12 Feb (West 2.3) India Minerva Punjab
Zob Ahan Iran 12 Feb (West 2.4) Winner West 1.4
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Perak Malaysia 12 Feb (East 2.1) Hong Kong Kitchee
Bangkok United Thailand 12 Feb (East 2.2) Vietnam Hà Nội
Chiangrai United Thailand 12 Feb (East 2.3) Winner East 1.3
Newcastle Jets Australia 12 Feb (East 2.4) Winner East 1.4

Play-off round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 19 Feb (West 3.1) Winner West 2.1
Al-Nassr Saudi Arabia 19 Feb (West 3.2) Winner West 2.2
Al-Rayyan Qatar 19 Feb (West 3.3) Winner West 2.3
Al-Gharafa Qatar 19 Feb (West 3.4) Winner West 2.4
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
South Korea 4 South Korea 19 Feb (East 3.1) Winner East 2.1
China 4 China 19 Feb (East 3.2) Winner East 2.2
Japan 3 Japan 19 Feb (East 3.3) Winner East 2.3
Japan 4 Japan 19 Feb (East 3.4) Winner East 2.4

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage will be held in 22 November 2018, 16:30 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 32 teams are 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 cannot be drawn into the same group.

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

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. Source: AFC

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 2 3 4
1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round of 16 20–22 May 8–10 Apr 4–6 Mar
2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11–13 Mar 6–8 May 22–24 Apr
3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22–24 Apr 4–6 Mar 20–22 May
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6–8 May 8–10 Apr 11–13 Mar
First match(es) will be played on 4 March 2019. 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 will be decided after the draw for the quarter-finals, which will be held after the round of 16 is completed.

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                             
 
 
  TBD (West Region)  
  TBD (West Region)  
 
  Winner QF1 (West Region)  
  Winner QF2 (West Region)  
 
 
  TBD (West Region)
  TBD (West Region)  
 
  Winner SF1 (West Region)
  Winner SF2 (East Region)
 
 
  TBD (East Region)
  TBD (East Region)  
 
  Winner QF3 (East Region)
  Winner QF4 (East Region)  
 
 
  TBD (East Region)
  TBD (East Region)  
 

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group play 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
Runner-up Group A West 1 Winner Group B 17 Jun 24 Jun
Runner-up Group B West 2 Winner Group A 17 Jun 24 Jun
Runner-up Group C West 3 Winner Group D 18 Jun 25 Jun
Runner-up Group D West 4 Winner Group C 18 Jun 25 Jun
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
Runner-up Group E East 1 Winner Group F 18 Jun 25 Jun
Runner-up Group F East 2 Winner Group E 18 Jun 25 Jun
Runner-up Group G East 3 Winner Group H 19 Jun 26 Jun
Runner-up Group H East 4 Winner Group G 19 Jun 26 Jun
Other qualified teams (Position TBD)

Quarter-finals[edit]

In the quarter-finals, the four teams from the West Region play in two ties, and the four teams 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
TBD QF1 TBD 26 Aug 16 Sep
TBD QF2 TBD 27 Aug 17 Sep
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
TBD QF3 TBD 27 Aug 17 Sep
TBD QF4 TBD 28 Aug 18 Sep

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
Winner QF1 SF1 Winner QF2 1 Oct 22 Oct
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
East Region
Winner QF3 SF2 Winner QF4 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.

Winner SF1 (West Region) v Winner SF2 (East Region)
Winner SF2 (East Region) v Winner SF1 (West Region)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2019 AFC Champions League Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  2. ^ a b c d "Entry Manual: AFC Club Competitions 2017–2020" (PDF). AFC.
  3. ^ a b c "AFC Club Competitions Ranking (as of 15 December 2017)" (PDF). AFC.
  4. ^ "AFC Club Competitions Ranking Mechanics (2017 version)" (PDF). AFC.
  5. ^ "Pahang can forget playing AFC Cup competitions for 2 years". nst.com.my. 21 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Two years can't apply for AFC Club License". hmetro.com.my. 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Pahang FA was suspended for 2 years". utusan.com.my. 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019". AFC. 28 November 2017.

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