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2016 AFC Champions League

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2016 AFC Champions League

2016 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 27 January – 26 November 2016
Teams Maximum of 53 (from Maximum of 24 associations)

The 2016 AFC Champions League will be the 35th edition of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 14th under the current AFC Champions League title.

The winners will qualify for the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. As Japan is the host nation for the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, if a team from Japan wins the AFC Champions League, the best-placed team outside Japan in the AFC Champions League will also qualify (in place of the 2016 J1 League winner).


  • Association team allocation 1
  • Teams 2
  • Schedule 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Association team allocation

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014,[1] which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014.[2] The 46 AFC member associations (excluding the associate member Northern Mariana Islands) are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2014 rankings:[3]

  • The associations are divided into West Asia Zone and East Asia Zone, with 23 associations in each zone.
  • In each zone, there are a total of 12 direct slots in the group stage, with the 4 remaining slots filled through play-offs.
  • The top 12 associations in each zone as per the AFC rankings are eligible to enter the AFC Champions League, as long as they fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.
  • The top six associations in each zone get at least one direct slot in the group stage, while the remaining associations get only play-off slots:
    • The associations ranked 1st and 2nd each get three direct slots and one play-off slot (in play-off round).
    • The associations ranked 3rd and 4th each get two direct slots and two play-off slots (one in play-off round, one in preliminary round 2).
    • The associations ranked 5th each get one direct slot and two play-off slots (both in preliminary round 2).
    • The associations ranked 6th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot (in preliminary round 2).
    • The associations ranked 7th to 12th each get one play-off slot (in preliminary round 1).
  • The maximum number of slots for each association is one-third of the total number of clubs in the top division (e.g., Australia can only get a maximum of three total slots as there are only nine Australia-based clubs in the A-League).
  • Slot allocation are adjusted accordingly if any of the slots are unused.

The AFC Competitions Committee finalised the slot allocation for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC Champions League based on the criteria, including the AFC rankings and the implementation of club licensing regulations, on 28 November 2014.[4][5][6]


In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count only those since the 2002–03 season (including qualifying rounds), when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.

  1. ^ Indonesia (IDN): The 2015 Indonesia Super League was officially discontinued by the Football Association of Indonesia on 2 May 2015 due to a ban by Imam Nahrawi, the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, against them to run any football competition.[7]


The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[8]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 No draw 27 January 2016
Preliminary round 2 2 February 2016
Play-off stage Play-off round 9 February 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 TBA 23–24 February 2016
Matchday 2 1–2 March 2016
Matchday 3 15–16 March 2016
Matchday 4 5–6 April 2016
Matchday 5 19–20 April 2016
Matchday 6 3–4 May 2016
Knock-out stage Round of 16 17–18 May 2016 24–25 May 2016
Quarter-finals TBA 13–14 September 2016 20–21 September 2016
Semi-finals 18–19 October 2016 25–26 October 2016
Final 19 November 2016 26 November 2016

See also


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External links

  • AFC Champions League,
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