2020 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs

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The 2020 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs are played from 14 to 28 January 2020.[1] A total of 28 teams compete in the qualifying play-offs to decide eight of the 32 places in the group stage of the 2020 AFC Champions League.[2]

Teams[edit]

The following 28 teams, split into two regions (West Region and East Region), enter the qualifying play-offs, consisting of three rounds:

  • 8 teams enter in the preliminary round 1.
  • 12 teams enter in the preliminary round 2.
  • 8 teams enter in the play-off round.
Region Teams entering in play-off round Teams entering in preliminary round 2 Teams entering in preliminary round 1
West Region
East Region

Format[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 (four each from both West Region and East Region) 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.[2]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of each round is as follows.[1][3]

Round Match date
Preliminary round 1 14 January 2020
Preliminary round 2 21 January 2020
Play-off round 28 January 2020

Bracket[edit]

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 10 December 2019.[4] Teams from the same association could not be placed into the same tie.

Play-off West 1[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
          Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
        Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 4
        Iraq Al-Zawraa 1    
     

Play-off West 2[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
          Tajikistan Istiklol
        Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 0
        Tajikistan Istiklol 1    
     

Play-off West 3[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          Qatar Al-Sailiya
          Iran Shahr Khodro
        Iran Shahr Khodro 2
India Chennai City 0     Bahrain Al-Riffa 1    
Bahrain Al-Riffa 1  

Play-off West 4[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          Qatar Al-Rayyan
          Iran Esteghlal
        Iran Esteghlal 3
Jordan Al-Faisaly 1     Kuwait Al-Kuwait 0    
Kuwait Al-Kuwait (a.e.t.) 2  

Play-off East 1[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          South Korea FC Seoul
          Malaysia Kedah
        Malaysia Kedah 5
        Hong Kong Tai Po 1    
     

Play-off East 2[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          China Shanghai SIPG
          Thailand Buriram United
        Thailand Buriram United 2
        Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh City 1    
     

Play-off East 3[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          Japan FC Tokyo
          Philippines Ceres–Negros
        Thailand Port 0
Philippines Ceres–Negros 3     Philippines Ceres–Negros 1    
Myanmar Shan United 2  

Play-off East 4[edit]

Preliminary round 1 Preliminary round 2 Play-off round
     
             
             
          Japan Kashima Antlers
          Australia Melbourne Victory
        Australia Melbourne Victory 5
Singapore Tampines Rovers 3     Indonesia Bali United 0    
Indonesia Bali United (a.e.t.) 5  

Preliminary round 1[edit]

Summary[edit]

A total of eight teams played in the preliminary round 1.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Chennai City India 0–1 Bahrain Al-Riffa
Al-Faisaly Jordan 1–2 (a.e.t.) Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Ceres–Negros Philippines 3–2 Myanmar Shan United
Tampines Rovers Singapore 3–5 (a.e.t.) Indonesia Bali United

West Region[edit]

Chennai City India0–1Bahrain Al-Riffa
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 1,227
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)

Al-Faisaly Jordan1–2 (a.e.t.)Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 54
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)

East Region[edit]

Ceres–Negros Philippines3–2Myanmar Shan United
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 3,704
Referee: Ali Al-Samahiji (Bahrain)

Tampines Rovers Singapore3–5 (a.e.t.)Indonesia Bali United
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 1,400
Referee: Ahmad Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)

Preliminary round 2[edit]

Summary[edit]

A total of 16 teams played in the preliminary round 2: twelve teams which entered in this round, and the four winners of the preliminary round 1.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 4–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan 0–1 Tajikistan Istiklol
Shahr Khodro Iran 2–1 Bahrain Al-Riffa
Esteghlal Iran 3–0 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Kedah Malaysia 5–1 Hong Kong Tai Po
Buriram United Thailand 2–1 Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh City
Port Thailand 0–1 Philippines Ceres–Negros
Melbourne Victory Australia 5–0 Indonesia Bali United

West Region[edit]

Bunyodkor Uzbekistan4–1Iraq Al-Zawraa
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 594

Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan0–1Tajikistan Istiklol
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 4,256
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)

Shahr Khodro Iran2–1Bahrain Al-Riffa
Live Report
Stats Report

East Region[edit]

Kedah Malaysia5–1Hong Kong Tai Po
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 19,803
Referee: Saoud Al-Adba (Qatar)

Buriram United Thailand2–1Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh City
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 14,190
Referee: Nivon Robesh Gamini (Sri Lanka)

Port Thailand0–1Philippines Ceres–Negros
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 6,234
Referee: Yu Ming-hsun (Chinese Taipei)

Melbourne Victory Australia5–0Indonesia Bali United
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 5,387
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)

Play-off round[edit]

Summary[edit]

A total of 16 teams will play in the play-off round: eight teams which enter in this round, and the eight winners of the preliminary round 2.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 28 Jan (West 3.1) Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 28 Jan (West 3.2) Tajikistan Istiklol
Al-Sailiya Qatar 28 Jan (West 3.3) Iran Shahr Khodro
Al-Rayyan Qatar 28 Jan (West 3.4) Iran Esteghlal
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
FC Seoul South Korea 28 Jan (East 3.1) Malaysia Kedah
Shanghai SIPG China 28 Jan (East 3.2) Thailand Buriram United
FC Tokyo Japan 28 Jan (East 3.3) Philippines Ceres–Negros
Kashima Antlers Japan 28 Jan (East 3.4) Australia Melbourne Victory

West Region[edit]

Al-Ain United Arab EmiratesvUzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report

Al-Ahli Saudi ArabiavTajikistan Istiklol
Report

Al-Sailiya QatarvIran Shahr Khodro
Report

Al-Rayyan QatarvIran Esteghlal
Report

East Region[edit]

FC Seoul South KoreavMalaysia Kedah
Report

Shanghai SIPG ChinavThailand Buriram United
Report

FC Tokyo JapanvPhilippines Ceres–Negros
Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The identity of the second play-off team from Japan was not known at the time of the group stage draw.
  2. ^ Chennai City played their home match at The Arena, Ahmedabad, instead of their regular home stadium Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore.
  3. ^ The Bunyodkor v Al-Zawraa match, originally to be played on 21 January 2020, was re-scheduled to 22 January 2020, to avoid a clash with the Lokomotiv Tashkent v Istiklol match, also to be played in Tashkent, on the same day.[5]
  4. ^ a b c d The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from the Asian Football Confederation on 17 January 2020 announcing that teams from Iran would not be allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.[6][7] The four AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed.[8][9] As a result, the two preliminary round 2 matches which the Iranian teams were supposed to host, Shahr Khodro v Al-Riffa and Esteghlal v Al-Kuwait, were not played as scheduled on 21 January 2020 (at 16:20 UTC+3:30 at Imam Reza Stadium, Mashhad and at 18:00 UTC+3:30 at Azadi Stadium, Tehran respectively), and the AFC announced on 22 January 2020 that the matches were re-scheduled to 25 January 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.[10][11]
  5. ^ The Shanghai SIPG v Buriram United match will be played without spectators following the coronavirus outbreak.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFC Competitions Calendar 2020". AFC. 6 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "2020 AFC Champions League Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC.
  3. ^ "AFC Champions League 2020 Official Match Schedule". AFC.
  4. ^ "AFC Champions League 2020 At A Glance". AFC.
  5. ^ "«Ал Завра»га қарши ўйин ҳақида". FC Bunyodkor. 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ "اطلاعیه روابط عمومی". Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran. 17 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Another blow to Iranian sport as AFC ban country from hosting Champions League football". Inside The Games. 17 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Iranian football teams stand against AFC's decision". Tehran Times. 18 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Iran: 'Clubs to quit AFC Champions League over home game ban'". BBC Sport. 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ "AFC Statement". AFC. 22 January 2020.
  11. ^ "AFC moves Champions League matches out of Iran". Reuters. 22 January 2020.
  12. ^ "官方:上港的亚冠资格赛将在大年初四正常举行,比赛将空场" (in Chinese). Dongqiudi. 25 January 2020.

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