AFC Challenge Cup

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AFC Challenge Cup
AFC Challenge Cup.svg
Official logo of the AFC Challenge Cup
Founded 2006
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 8 (finals)
Current champions  North Korea
(2nd title)
Most successful team(s)  North Korea
(2 titles)
2014 AFC Challenge Cup

The AFC Challenge Cup is an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member countries that are categorized as "emerging countries" in the "Vision Asia" programme.[1] "Vision Asia", created by former AFC president, Mohammed Bin Hammam, is the AFC's plan for a continent wide programme to raise the standards of Asian football at all levels.[2] The AFC Challenge Cup, which reflects the philosophy of Vision Asia, was created for teams to experience playing in a continental competition with the possibility to win an AFC trophy and to potentially discover new talent.[3]

The inaugural tournament was hosted by Bangladesh in 2006 and is held biennially. An amendment to men's national team competitions in July 2006, meant that starting with the 2008 and 2010 editions of the AFC Challenge Cup, the winners automatically qualify for the AFC Asian Cup.[4]

Selection of teams[edit]

  Teams eligible in AFC Challenge Cup
  Former participants

The AFC initially divided their 46 member nations into three groups in 2006.[5] Although the tournament is meant for the countries of emerging associations class, some countries from the developing associations class and even the developed associations class have participated in the qualification and the finals of the tournament such as India, Maldives, Myanmar, North Korea, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. As a result, no team from the emerging class has actually won the tournament. In late March 2012, the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association, although only an associate member of the AFC, were approved by the AFC to enter their national team in the competition.[6] In November 2012, the AFC announced North Korea's exclusion from future AFC Challenge Cups.[7]

In the 2011 and 2015 AFC Asian Cup tournaments, two qualification spots have been allocated to the two most recent AFC Challenge Cup winners. The 2014 tournament will be the last edition of this competition.[8][9]

The top 15 are classed as developed associations.

The next 14 are classed as developing associations.

The last 17 are classed as emerging associations, which need time to develop their football. These are the teams which participate.

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up
2006
Details
Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Tajikistan
4–0
Sri Lanka
 Kyrgyzstan and    Nepal 16
Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2008
Details
India
India

India
4–1
Tajikistan

North Korea
4–0
Myanmar
8
2010
Details
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

North Korea
1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 pens.)

Turkmenistan

Tajikistan
1–0
Myanmar
8
2012
Details
Nepal
Nepal

North Korea
2–1
Turkmenistan

Philippines
4–3
Palestine
8
2014
Details
Maldives
Maldives
8

Successful national teams[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third Fourth
 North Korea 2 (2010, 2012) 1 (2008)
 Tajikistan 1 (2006) 1 (2008) 1 (2010)
 India 1 (2008)
 Turkmenistan 2 (2010, 2012)
 Sri Lanka 1 (2006)
 Kyrgyzstan 1 (2006^)
   Nepal 1 (2006^)
 Philippines 1 (2012)
 Myanmar 2 (2008, 2010)
 Palestine 1 (2012)
  • ^: Shared 3rd place (No 3rd place playoff)

Participating nations[edit]

AFC CC appearances map
Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semi-finals
  • QF – Quarter Finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  • ‡ – Competition was unavailable for the nation that year

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 2006
(16)
2008
(8)
2010
(8)
2012
(8)
2014
(8)
Years
 Afghanistan GS GS × Q 3
 Bangladesh QF GS 2
 Bhutan GS 1
 Brunei GS × × 1
 Cambodia GS 1
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
 Guam GS 1
 India QF 1st GS GS 4
 Kyrgyzstan SF GS Q 3
 Laos × Q 1
 Macau GS 1
 Maldives GS Q 2
 Mongolia × 0
 Myanmar 4th 4th Q 3
   Nepal SF GS GS 3
 North Korea 3rd 1st 1st 3
 Northern Mariana Islands 0
 Pakistan GS 1
 Palestine QF × 4th Q 3
 Philippines GS 3rd Q 3
 Sri Lanka 2nd GS GS 3
 Tajikistan 1st 2nd 3rd GS 4
 Timor-Leste × × × × × 0
 Turkmenistan GS 2nd 2nd Q 4

General Statistics[edit]

As of 19 March 2012
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
 North Korea 15 12 2 1 35 4 +31
 Tajikistan 19 11 2 6 36 16 +20
 Turkmenistan 13 7 4 2 21 8 +13
 India 15 5 3 7 13 21 −8
 Palestine 9 4 2 3 23 8 +15
 Sri Lanka 12 4 2 6 12 22 −10
 Myanmar 10 4 0 6 12 17 −5
 Kyrgyzstan 8 4 0 4 6 9 −3
 Philippines 8 3 2 3 11 11 0
   Nepal 11 3 2 6 11 14 −3
 Bangladesh 7 3 1 3 10 14 −4
 Chinese Taipei 4 1 2 1 3 5 −2
 Brunei 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
 Cambodia 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2
 Maldives 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
 Afghanistan 6 0 2 4 3 15 −12
 Bhutan 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3
 Macau 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6
 Guam 3 0 0 3 0 17 −17

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Players[edit]

Year Player
2006 Tajikistan Ibrahim Rabimov
2008 India Baichung Bhutia
2010 North Korea Ryang Yong-Gi
2012 North Korea Pak Nam-Chol

Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
2006 Palestinian territories Fahed Attal 8
2008 North Korea Pak Song-Chol 6
2010 North Korea Ryang Yong-Gi 4
2012 Philippines Phil Younghusband 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regulations - AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Visiona Asian Philosophy". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup in 2006 competition information". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  4. ^ "AFC Competitions Update following meeting of the AFC Executive Committee". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  5. ^ Big Soccer Forum Thread on AFC Challenge Cup 2006
  6. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Maldives to host 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Revamp of AFC competitions". AFC. 25 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "ExCo approves expanded AFC Asian Cup finals". AFC. 16 April 2014. 

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