asian association football tournament

Football tournament
The AFC Champions League ( abbreviated as ACL ) is an annual continental club football contest organised by the Asian Football Confederation. Introduced in 1967 as the asian Club Championship, the competition rebranded and took on its current name in 2002 as a leave of the amalgamation between the Asian Club Championship, the asian Cup Winners ‘ Cup and the asian Super Cup. [ 1 ]

A entire of 40 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the rival. Clubs from Asia ‘s strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from lower-ranked nations eligible to qualify via the stipulate playoffs, and they are besides eligible to participate in the AFC Cup. The achiever of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The most successful club in the competition is Al-Hilal with a full of four titles. They are besides the reign champions after winning their fourth style in 2021 .

history [edit ]

1967–1972 : asian Champion Club Tournament [edit ]

The rival started as the asian Champion Club Tournament, a tournament for the champions of AFC nations, and had a variety of different formats, with the inaugural tournament staged as a square hard format and the be three editions consisting of a group degree. While Israeli clubs dominated the first four editions of the competition, this was partially due to the refusal of Arab teams to face them. In 1970, lebanese side Homenetmen refused to play against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the semi-final, giving Hapoel a forfeit into the final, while in 1971, Al-Shorta of Iraq refused to play against Maccabi Tel Aviv on three occasions : in the preliminary round, the group phase, and the final itself. [ 2 ] The Iraqi media considered Al-Shorta as the tournament ‘s winners, and the team held an assailable top busbar parade in Baghdad. [ 3 ] After the 1972 edition had to be cancelled by the AFC when two Arab teams refused to commit to playing against Israeli side Maccabi Netanya, the AFC discontinued the competition, and Israel were expelled from the confederation .

1985–2002 : tax return as the asian Club Championship [edit ]

Asia ‘s premier club tournament made its come back in 1985 as the asian Club Championship, [ 4 ] and in 1990, the Asian Football Confederation introduced the asian Cup Winners ‘ Cup, a tournament for the cup winners of each AFC nation. The 1995 season saw the initiation of the Asian Super Cup, where the winners of the asian Club Championship and asian Cup Winners ‘ Cup played against each other .

2002–present : AFC Champions League [edit ]

The 2002–03 season saw the asian Club Championship, asian Cup Winners ‘ Cup and Asian Super Cup compound to become the AFC Champions League. League champions and cup winners would qualify for the qualify playoffs with the best eight clubs from East Asia and the eight best clubs from West Asia progressing to the group stage. The inaugural winners under the AFC Champions League list were Al-Ain, defeating BEC Tero Sasana 2–1 on aggregate. In 2004, 29 clubs from fourteen countries participated and the tournament schedule was changed to March–November. In the group degree, the 28 clubs were divided into seven groups of four on a regional basis, separating East asian and west asian clubs to reduce change of location costs, and the groups were played on a home and away basis. The seven group winners along with the defending champions qualified to the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were played as a two-legged format, with away goals, extra time, and penalties used as tie-breakers. The 2005 season saw syrian clubs join the contest, frankincense increasing the number of participating countries to 15, and two years late, following their transfer into the AFC in 2006, australian clubs were besides included in the tournament. Owing to the lack of professionalism in asian football, many problems still existed in the tournament, such as on battlefield violence and late submission of player registration. many blamed the miss of loot money and expensive travel cost as some of the reasons. The Champions League expanded to 32 clubs in 2009 with direct entry to the top ten-spot asian leagues. Each country received up to 4 slots, though no more than one-third of the act of teams in that country ‘s top part, rounded downwards, depending on the persuasiveness of their league, league structure ( professionalism ), marketability, fiscal condition, and other criteria set by the AFC Pro-League Committee. [ 5 ] The assessment criteria and ranking for participating associations would be revised by AFC every two years. [ 6 ] The current format sees the eight group winners and eight runner-up qualify to the Round of 16, in which group winners play host to the runner-up in two-legged series, matched regionally, with away goals, extra time, and penalties used as tie-breakers. The regional restriction continues all the way until the final examination, although clubs from the same country can not face each other in the quarterfinals unless that area has three or more representatives in the quarterfinals. Since 2013, the concluding has besides been held as a two-legged series, on a home and aside basis. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] In 2021, the group stagecoach was expanded from 32 to 40 teams, with both the West and East Regions having five groups of four teams. The slot allotment for the top six extremity associations in each region remained unchanged. [ 9 ] By 2021, the problems from irani sides were attracting media attention. International Arabic and English-language media reported the irreverence of women ‘s rights in the stadiums of irani sides. On top of that, irani women were banned from football stadiums for about 40 years, by the irani government. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] In 2019, irani women were allowed to watch football at stadiums but not in the ACL. [ 11 ] [ 12 ] Before that, FIFA pressured Iran to let women into the stadiums in the ACL but Iran merely allowed a limited number of women to watch the 2018 final examination. [ 11 ] [ 13 ] In 2021, AFC investigated the matter. [ 14 ]

format [edit ]

qualification [edit ]


AFC member nation that has been represented in the group stage


AFC member nation that has not been represented in the group stage Map of AFC countries whose teams reached the group degree of the AFC Champions League As of the 2009 edition of the tournament, the AFC Champions League has commenced with a double round-robin group degree of 32 teams, which is preceded by qualifying matches for teams that do not receive direct introduction to the contest proper. Teams are besides split into east and west zones to progress individually in the tournament. The number of teams that each association enters into the AFC Champions League is determined annually through criteria as set by the AFC Competitions Committee. [ 15 ] The criteria, which is a modify translation of the UEFA coefficient, measures such thing as marketability and stadium to determine the specific numeral of berths that an association receives. The higher an association ‘s ranking as determined by the criteria, the more teams represent the association in the Champions League, and the fewer reservation rounds the association ‘s teams must compete in .

tournament [edit ]

The tournament proper begins with a group stage of 40 teams, divided into ten-spot groups. Seeding is used whilst making the draw for this stage, with teams from the lapp country not being drawn into groups together. The group stage is divided into two zones ; the first zone is the five East asian groups and the other zone is the five West asian groups. Each team meets the others in its group home and away in a round-robin format. The winning team and the runner-up from each group then build up to the future round.

For this stage, the winning team from one group plays against the runner-up from another group from their zone of the group stagecoach. The tournament uses the away goals rule : if the aggregate score of the two games is tied after 180 minutes, then the team who scored more goals at their opposition ‘s stadium advances. If even tied the clubs play extra time, where the away goals rule is nobelium longer applied. If distillery tied after supernumerary time, the tie shall be decided by a penalty gunfight. East and West zones continue to be keep part until the final. [ 15 ] The group degree and Round of 16 matches are played through the first half of the class ( February–May ), whilst the knock-out stage thereafter is played during the irregular half of the year ( August–November ). The knock-out ties are played in a two-legged format, including the final .

allotment [edit ]

Teams from only 19 AFC countries have reached the group stage of the AFC Champions League. The allotment of teams by member countries is listed below ; asterisks represent occasions where at least one team was eliminated in qualification prior to the group stage. 32 AFC countries have had teams participate in qualification, and countries that have never had teams reach the group stage are not shown .

Prize money [edit ]

The trophy money for the 2021 AFC Champions League : [ 16 ]



Travel Subsidy
(USD per match)

Preliminary stage



Playoff stage



Group stages

Win: $50,000
Draw: $10,000


Round of 16










Champions: $4,000,000
Runners-up: $2,000,000


marketing [edit ]

tournament ‘s trophy since 2009, following the logo redesign. Like the FIFA World Cup, the AFC Champions League is sponsored by a group of multinational corporations, in contrast to the one main patronize typically found in national top-flight leagues. The tournament ‘s current chief sponsors are :

Video game [edit ]

The current license holder for the AFC Champions League television game is Konami with the Pro Evolution Soccer series. [ 20 ] The license besides includes the competing teams .

Records and statistics [edit ]

overall performances by golf club [edit ]

1 In 1974 the Israel FA was expelled from the AFC due to political pressure, and became a broad UEFA extremity in 1994. As a leave, Israeli clubs no longer participate in AFC tournaments but in their UEFA counterparts alternatively.
2 Teams that nobelium longer exist .

overall performances by nation [edit ]

Performances by region [edit ]

bill : israeli clubs, winners of the 1967, 1969 and 1971 editions, are not included .

Awards [edit ]

Most valuable actor [edit ]

acme scorer [edit ]

Fair Play Award [edit ]

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

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