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2016 AFC Cup


2016 AFC Cup

2016 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 11–15 August 2015 (qualifying round)
27 January – 5 November 2016 (competition proper)
Teams Maximum of 54 (from Maximum of 34 associations)

The 2016 AFC Cup will be the 13th edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Johor Darul Ta'zim are the defending champions.


  • Association team allocation 1
  • Teams 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Qualifying round 4
    • Group A 4.1
    • Group B 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

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.
  • All associations which do not receive direct slots in the AFC Champions League group stage are eligible to enter the AFC Cup.
  • The associations ranked 7th to 16th in each zone get at least one direct slot in the group stage (including losers of the AFC Champions League qualifying play-off), while the remaining associations get only play-off slots:
    • The associations ranked 7th and 8th each get two direct slots.
    • The associations ranked 9th to 12th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot (in play-off round).
    • The associations ranked 13th to 16th each get one direct slot and one play-off slot (in preliminary round).
    • The associations ranked 17th or below each get one play-off slot (in qualifying round).
  • Slot allocation are adjusted accordingly if any of the slots are unused.

The AFC Competitions Committee decided on the participation of member associations in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC Cup on 28 November 2014.[4][5][6]

Participation for 2016 AFC Cup
Possibly participating
Not participating
(unused slots in brackets)


Teams in italics will play in the 2016 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off (if they pass the club licensing requirements), and will play in the AFC Cup group stage if they fail to advance to the AFC Champions League group stage (should they advance to the AFC Champions League group stage, they will be replaced by another team from the same association).

The following six teams entered the qualifying round, played at centralized venues (teams were not divided into zones for the qualifying round).[5][7][8]

Team Qualifying method App Last App
Entering in qualifying round
Alga 2014 Kyrgyzstan League 3rd place 1st none
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2013–14 Bangladesh Football Premier League champions 1st none
KESC 2014–15 Pakistan Premier League champions 1st none
Druk United 2014 Bhutan National League champions 1st none
Benfica de Macau 2015 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol champions 1st none
Khoromkhon 2014 Mongolia Premier League champions 1st none
  1. ^ a b Indonesia (IDN): The 2015 Indonesia Super League and Piala Indonesia were 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.[9]
  2. ^ Malaysia (MAS): Since LionsXII, a side managed by the Football Association of Singapore and thus ineligible to represent Malaysia in continental competition, won the 2015 Malaysia FA Cup, the 2015 Malaysia Super League runners-up will be chosen to represent Malaysia in the AFC Cup.


The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[10]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying stage Qualifying round 29 June 2015 11–15 August 2015
Preliminary stage Preliminary round No draw 2 February 2016
Play-off stage Play-off round 9 February 2016
Group stage Matchday 1 TBA 23–24 February 2016
Matchday 2 8–9 March 2016
Matchday 3 15–16 March 2016
Matchday 4 12–13 April 2016
Matchday 5 26–27 April 2016
Matchday 6 10–11 May 2016
Knock-out stage Round of 16 24–25 May 2016
Quarter-finals TBA 13–14 September 2016 20–21 September 2016
Semi-finals 27–28 September 2016 18–19 October 2016
Final 5 November 2016

Qualifying round

The draw for the qualifying round was held on 29 June 2015 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The teams were seeded according to the performance of their association in the 2014 AFC President's Cup:[8]

Pot 1 (Hosts) Pot 2 Pot 3

The six teams were drawn into two groups of three. Each group was played on a single round-robin basis at the pre-selected hosts. The winners of each group advanced to the qualifying play-off.

If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria were applied to determine the rankings.[11]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group A

  • All matches were held in Bhutan.
  • Time listed are UTC+6.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 KESC 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4 Qualifying play-off
2 Druk United (H) 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
3 Khoromkhon 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
Source: AFC
(H) Host.
11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
KESC 3–3 Druk United
Rasool Goal 8'45'
Rehman Goal 86'
Report Ts. Dorji Goal 21'
Wangdi Goal 58'
Th. Dorji Goal 75'
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

13 August 2015 (2015-08-13)
Khoromkhon 0–1 KESC
Report Oludeyi Goal 74'
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Masoud Tufaylieh (Syria)

15 August 2015 (2015-08-15)
Druk United 0–0 Khoromkhon

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4 Qualifying play-off
2 Alga (H) 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
3 Benfica de Macau 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.
11 August 2015 (2015-08-11)
Benfica de Macau 0–2 Alga
Report Filatov Goal 29'
Akhmataliev Goal 65'
Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

13 August 2015 (2015-08-13)
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 4–1 Benfica de Macau
Onuoha Goal 44'
Islam Goal 72'
Rony Goal 77'86'
Report Torrão Goal 26'
Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)

15 August 2015 (2015-08-15)
Alga 1–1 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi
Amirov Goal 22' Report Onuoha Goal 78'

See also


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External links

  • AFC Cup,
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