Lebanese FA Cup

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Lebanese FA Cup
Founded1937; 82 years ago (1937)
RegionLebanon
Number of teams28
Qualifier forAFC Cup
Domestic cup(s)Lebanese Super Cup
Current championsAhed (5th title)
Most successful club(s)Ansar (14 titles)
Television broadcastersMTV Lebanon
2018–19 Lebanese FA Cup

The Lebanese FA Cup (Arabic: كأس الاتحاد اللبناني‎) is a Lebanese football annual cup competition. The first edition, held in 1938, was won by Nahda. The most successful club in the competition is Ansar with 14 titles, followed by Nejmeh with 6. Ansar have also contested the most finals with 17, followed again by Nejmeh with 13.[1]

Format[edit]

As well as being presented with the trophy, the winning team also qualifies for the AFC Cup. If the winners have already qualified for the AFC Cup via Lebanese Football League, or are not entitled to play in AFC competitions for any reason, the place goes to the next highest placed finisher in the league table.

There are a total of six rounds in the competition. The competition begins in October with the first round and is contested only by 16 clubs: all 12 Lebanese Second Division clubs and four Lebanese Third Division clubs. The eight winners of the first round go on to play the second round in November, with the four winners of the second round qualifying to the round of 16. In this phase, played in January, all the 12 current Lebanese Football League teams enter, bringing the total to 16 teams. Between April and May, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals are disputed, with final being contested at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in May.

Phase Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering
at this round
First Phase First Round 28 16 none 16 12 Second Division teams
4 Third Division teams
Second Round 20 8 8 none none
Second Phase Round of 16 16 16 4 12 20 Lebanese Football League teams
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Winners and finalists[edit]

Winners by year[edit]

Results by team[edit]

Club Wins Runners-up Total final appearances
Ansar 14 3 17
Nejmeh 6 8 13
Ahed 5 3 8
Nahda 4 1 5
Safa 3 8 11
Homenetmen 3 3 6
Tripoli 2 2 4
Helmi Sport 2 1 3
Shabiba Mazraa 2 1 3
Shabab Al Sahel 1 3 4
Mabarrah 1 1 2
Tadamon Sour 1 1 2
Bourj 1 0 1
Salam Zgharta 1 0 1
Homenmen 0 4 4
Racing Beirut 0 2 2
Abgramian 0 1 1
Harakat Al-Shabab 0 1 1
Sagesse 0 1 1
Sika 0 1 1
Tadamon Beirut 0 1 1

Media coverage[edit]

MTV Lebanon broadcasts a selection of cup matches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lebanon - List of Cup Winners". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ "El Ali stars in Ahed's Cup win". The AFC. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.

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