AFC President's Cup
|Number of teams||12|
|Most successful club(s)||
Between 8 and 12 teams participated in each edition of the competition.
From 2005 to 2007, 8 clubs were placed into two groups of 4 teams. The winners and runners up would advance to the semi-final stage. All the matches were held in a single host country.
From 2008 to 2010, the tournament was increased to 11 clubs. A qualification round was created and the 11 clubs were split into three groups of 3 or 4 clubs. Each group was played in a different country. The three group winners and the best ranked runner up qualified for the finals stage, hosted in another country.
From 2011 to 2014, the tournament was increased to 12 clubs. In the qualification round, there were three groups of 4 clubs. The group winners and runners up qualify for the final stage. These 6 clubs are broken into two groups of 3. The top teams of each group qualified directly for the final.
In November 2013 the AFC announced that the 2014 AFC President's Cup would be the last edition of the tournament. Starting from 2015, league champions of "emerging countries" are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup qualifying play-off. The qualifying round for the 2016 AFC Cup, with a similar format to the AFC President's Cup (but without a final stage), was held in August 2015, which qualified two teams to the AFC Cup play-offs.
Qualification and participating nations
Qualification to the competition was to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries which fall into the AFC's 'emerging nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document. Countries which were 'mature' and 'developing' nations were entered into the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, respectively. For an 'emerging nation' to have a team representing it in the competition, however, the country must have an acceptable football league. The team that represents a country in one season of the competition is the defending champion of the top-level leagues of participating countries.
In March 2012 the AFC announced that the Northern Mariana Islands were approved to participate in the AFC Challenge Cup and AFC President’s Cup if they fulfilled the criteria. However, they never entered a team.
Performance by nation
Performance by club
|Team||Winners||Runners-Up||Years Won||Years Lost|
|Regar TadAZ||3||0||2005, 2008, 2009|
|Dordoi-Dynamo||2||4||2006, 2007||2005, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Taiwan Power Company||1||0||2011|
|Mahendra Police Club||0||1||2007|
|Phnom Penh Crown||0||1||2011|
|Markaz Shabab Al-Am'ari||0||1||2012|
- AFC Competitions Committee meeting[dead link]
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- "AFC President's Cup: The end of a glorious journey". AFC. 26 July 2014.
- "Stage set for 2016 AFC Cup play-off qualifiers". AFC. 29 June 2015.
- "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-afc.com. 2012-03-22. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-13.