AFC Cup

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AFC Cup
AFC Cup logo.svg
Founded2004;17 years ago (2004)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams36 (group stage)
Qualifier for AFC Champions League
Related competitions AFC Champions League
Current champions Flag of Lebanon.svg Al-Ahed (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait
(3 titles each)
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2021 AFC Cup

The AFC Cup is an annual continental club football competition organised by the AFC. Under its current rules, the competition is played primarily between clubs from nations that did not receive direct qualifying slots in the top-tier AFC Champions League, based on the AFC Club Competitions Ranking.

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Al-Kuwait SC and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles each. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became one of the finalists and became champions. Al-Ahed are the current champions after defeating April 25 Sports Club in the 2019 final.

History

The AFC Cup began in 2004 as a second-tier competition to relate back to the AFC Champions League as 14 countries that had developing status competed in the first competition with 18 teams being nominated. Group A, B, C had West and Central Asian teams while the other two groups had east and South East Asia. The winners and three runners-up would then head to the knock-out stage where it was a random draw in who was going to play. Al-Jaish took the first AFC Cup after they defeated fellow Syrian opponents Al-Wahda on away goals.

In 2005, 18 teams competed from nine nations with the nations still being allowed to choose from one or two teams entering. After Syrian teams left the AFC Cup to try at the Champions League for four years, Al-Faisaly defeated Nejmeh in the final. With it, Jordanian teams would win the next two AFC Cup seasons with Bahrain joining the league while Bangladesh was relegated to the AFC President's Cup until the tournament's abolition in 2014.

Al-Muharraq would break the trend in 2008 as they competed in the last two-legged final before it headed back into a one-leg system which still runs to this day.

Format

Some changes were applied in terms of teams and format for the 2017 AFC Cup. A total of 36 teams participate in the group stage (12 each from West Asia and ASEAN, and 4 each from East Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia). The final will be played as a one-off match.

Allocation

Teams from 27 AFC countries have reached the group stage of the AFC Cup. The allocation of those teams by member country is listed below; asterisks represent occasions where at least one team was eliminated in qualification for the group stage. 34 AFC countries have had teams participate in qualification (including Brunei and Timor-Leste who will make their debuts in 2020), those who have not reached the group stage but have only played in qualification are not bolded.

AssociationsSpots
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
East
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Flag of Macau.svg Macau 0000000000000*0101
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia 0000000000000*10*0*0*
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ASEAN
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Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia 00000122122200222
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Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore 22222111222222222
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand 0010222100000000
Flag of East Timor.svg Timor-Leste 00000000000000000*
Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 00010222222002222
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South
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Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 000000000000*00*010
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan 0000000000000*0000
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 00000000000000*00*0*
Total56644444344454444
Central
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan 00000000000000*000
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Flag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan 000000000211*1*1*1*22
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan 222200000001*1*1*21*1
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbekistan 00000112100000000
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West
Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain 00112210012222222
Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq 00000203222222200
Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan 02232222222222222
Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait 00000233322200022
Flag of Lebanon.svg Lebanon 22222322222222222
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Flag of Palestine.svg Palestine 00000000000*1*20*0*11
Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar 00000010000000000
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia 00000000100000000
Flag of Syria.svg Syria 2000023321*2222222
Flag of Yemen.svg Yemen 10022222220*0*00000
Total6461010171617161414141412121212
Total
Finals1818202420323132323232323234363636
Qualifying1818202420323132333334414050444348

Prize money

The prize money for the 2020 AFC Cup: [1]

PhasePurse (USD)Travel subsidy
(per match)
Preliminary stageN/A$40,000
Play-offsN/A$40,000
Group stageN/A$40,000
Knockout stageZonal champions: $100,000$40,000
FinalChampions: $1.5 million
Runners-up: $750,000
$40,000

Marketing

Sponsorship

Like the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup is sponsored by a group of multinational corporations, in contrast to the single main sponsor typically found in national top-flight leagues.

The tournament's current main sponsors are:

Results and statistics

Finals

List of AFC Cup finals
YearNationHome teamScoreAway teamNationVenueAttendance
2004 Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Al-Wahda 2–3 Al-Jaish Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Flag of Syria.svg Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Al-Jaish 0–1 Al-Wahda Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Flag of Syria.svg Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Aggregate 3–3, Al-Jaish won on away goals
2005 Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–0 Nejmeh Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Flag of Jordan.svg Amman International Stadium, Amman
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Nejmeh 2–3 Al-Faisaly Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Flag of Lebanon.svg Rafic El-Hariri Stadium, Beirut
Al-Faisaly won 4–2 on aggregate
2006 Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Al-Faisaly 3–0 Al-Muharraq Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Flag of Jordan.svg Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,000
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Al-Muharraq 4–2 Al-Faisaly Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 3,000
Al-Faisaly won 5–4 on aggregate
2007 Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–1 Shabab Al-Ordon Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Flag of Jordan.svg Amman International Stadium, Amman 5,500
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1–1 Al-Faisaly Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Flag of Jordan.svg Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,500
Shabab Al-Ordon won 2–1 on aggregate
2008 Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5–1 Safa Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 6,000
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Safa 4–5 Al-Muharraq Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Flag of Lebanon.svg Sports City Stadium, Beirut 2,000
Al-Muharraq won 10–5 on aggregate
YearNationWinnersScoreRunners-upNationVenueAttendance
2009 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–1 Al-Karamah Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Flag of Kuwait.svg Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City 17,400
2010 Flag of Syria.svg  Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 ( a.e.t. )
(4–2 p )
Al-Qadsia Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City 58,604
2011 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan FC Nasaf 2–1 Al-Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi 15,753
2012 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Al-Kuwait 4–0 Erbil Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Flag of Iraq.svg Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil 30,000
2013 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–0 Al-Qadsia Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City 10,000
2014 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0–0 ( a.e.t. )
(4–2 p )
Erbil Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai 5,240
2015 Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–0 Istiklol Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan Flag of Tajikistan.svg Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe 18,000
2016 Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Bengaluru Flag of India.svg  India Flag of Qatar.svg Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha 5,806
2017 Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Istiklol Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan Flag of Tajikistan.svg Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor 20,000
2018 Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2–0 Altyn Asyr Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan Flag of Iraq.svg Basra International Stadium, Basra 24,665
2019 Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon Al-Ahed 1–0 April 25 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 500
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Asia [3]
2021

Performance by clubs

Performances in the AFC Cup finals by club
ClubWinnersRunners-upYears wonYears runners-up
Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait 31 2009, 2012, 2013 2011
Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 30 2016, 2017, 2018
Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Faisaly 21 2005, 2006 2007
Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Qadsia 12 2014 2010, 2013
Flag of Bahrain.svg Al-Muharraq 11 2008 2006
Flag of Syria.svg Al-Jaish 10 2004
Flag of Jordan.svg Shabab Al-Ordon 10 2007
Flag of Syria.svg Al-Ittihad 10 2010
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Nasaf Qarshi 10 2011
Flag of Malaysia.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim 10 2015
Flag of Lebanon.svg Al-Ahed 10 2019
Flag of Iraq.svg Erbil 02 2012, 2014
Flag of Tajikistan.svg Istiklol 02 2015, 2017
Flag of Syria.svg Al-Wahda 01 2004
Flag of Lebanon.svg Nejmeh 01 2005
Flag of Lebanon.svg Safa 01 2008
Flag of Syria.svg Al-Karamah 01 2009
Flag of India.svg Bengaluru 01 2016
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Altyn Asyr 01 2018
Flag of North Korea.svg April 25 01 2019

Performance by nations

Performances by nation
NationTitlesRunners-upTotal
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 437
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 325
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 314
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 224
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 123
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 112
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 101
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 101
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 022
Flag of India.svg  India 011
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 011
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 011

Top scorers

YearFootballerClubGoals
2004 Flag of Singapore.svg Indra Sahdan Daud Flag of Singapore.svg Home United 7
Flag of Singapore.svg Egmar Goncalves Flag of Singapore.svg Home United
2005 Flag of Jordan.svg Mo'ayyad Salim Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Faisaly 9
2006 Flag of Jordan.svg Mahmoud Shelbaieh Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Wehdat 8
2007 Flag of Jordan.svg Odai Al Saify Flag of Jordan.svg Shabab Al-Ordun 5
Flag of Lebanon.svg Mohammed Ghaddar Flag of Lebanon.svg Nejmeh
2008 Flag of Brazil.svg Rico Flag of Bahrain.svg Al-Muharraq 19
2009 Flag of Nigeria.svg Robert Akaruye Flag of Bahrain.svg Busaiteen 8
Flag of Syria.svg Mohamad Hamwi Flag of Syria.svg Al-Karamah
Flag of Syria.svg Jehad Al Hussain Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait
Flag of Vietnam.svg Huỳnh Kesley Alves Flag of Vietnam.svg Bình Dương
2010 Flag of Brazil.svg Afonso Alves Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Rayyan 9
2011 Flag of Montenegro.svg Ivan Bošković Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Nasaf Qarshi 10
2012 Flag of Iraq.svg Amjad Radhi Flag of Iraq.svg Erbil 9
Flag of Syria.svg Raja Rafe Flag of Syria.svg Al-Shorta
2013 Flag of Tunisia.svg Issam Jemâa Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait 16
2014 Flag of Spain.svg Juan Belencoso Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee 11
2015 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Daniel McBreen Flag of Hong Kong.svg South China 8
Flag of North Macedonia.svg Riste Naumov Flag of Myanmar.svg Ayeyawady United
2016 Flag of Iraq.svg Hammadi Ahmed Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 16
2017 Flag of North Korea.svg Kim Yu-song Flag of North Korea.svg April 25 9
2018 Flag of North Korea.svg An Il-bom Flag of North Korea.svg April 25 12
2019 Flag of Spain.svg Bienve Marañón Flag of the Philippines.svg Ceres–Negros 10
2020 Flag of Spain.svg Bienve Marañón Flag of the Philippines.svg Ceres–Negros 5

Winning coaches

YearClubCoach
2004 Flag of Syria.svg Al-Jaish Flag of Romania.svg Costică Ștefănescu
2005 Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Faisaly Flag of Serbia.svg Branko Smiljanić
2006 Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Faisaly Flag of Iraq.svg Adnan Hamad
2007 Flag of Jordan.svg Shabab Al-Ordon Flag of Syria.svg Nizar Mahrous
2008 Flag of Bahrain.svg Al-Muharraq Flag of Bahrain.svg Salman Sharida
2009 Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg Mohamad Abdulla
2010 Flag of Syria.svg Al-Ittihad Flag of Romania.svg Valeriu Tița
2011 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Nasaf Qarshi Flag of Ukraine.svg Anatoliy Demyanenko
2012 Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait Flag of Romania.svg Marin Ion
2013 Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Kuwait Flag of Romania.svg Marin Ion
2014 Flag of Kuwait.svg Al-Qadsia Flag of Spain.svg Antonio Puche
2015 Flag of Malaysia.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim Flag of Argentina.svg Mario Gomez
2016 Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Flag of Iraq.svg Basim Qasim
2017 Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Flag of Syria.svg Hussam Al Sayed
2018 Flag of Iraq.svg Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Flag of Iraq.svg Basim Qasim
2019 Flag of Lebanon.svg Al-Ahed Flag of Lebanon.svg Bassem Marmar

All-time top goalscorers

As of 11 March 2020 [4]
RankPlayerClub(s)Goals
1 Flag of Spain.svg Bienvenido Marañón Flag of the Philippines.svg Ceres–Negros
35
2 Flag of Jordan.svg Mahmoud Shelbaieh Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Wehdat
34
3 Flag of Singapore.svg Aleksandar Đurić Flag of Singapore.svg Geylang United, Singapore Armed Forces, Tampines Rovers
32
Flag of Iraq.svg Amjad Radhi Flag of Iraq.svg Erbil SC, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
32
5 Flag of Kuwait.svg Bader Al-Mutawa Flag of Kuwait.svg Qadsia SC
30
Flag of Brazil.svg Rico Flag of Bahrain.svg Al-Muharraq, Al-Riffa, Al-Hidd
30
7 Flag of Maldives.svg Ali Ashfaq Flag of Maldives.svg Club Valencia, New Radiant, VB Sports Club
29

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References

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