2017 AFC Cup

Discussion in 'AFC: Tournaments' started by jonny63, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. jonny63

    jonny63 Member+

    Feb 17, 2005
    Norway
    Kuala Lumpur: The slot allocations for the 2017 AFC Cup Preliminary, Play-off and Group Stages have been finalised.
    The official draw for the AFC Cup will be held at 1430hrs (local time), December 13, 2016 at the Hilton Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
    The slots are allocated into any of the three stages according to the Clubs’ Member Associations’ rankings.
    Clubs winning the AFC Cup Preliminary matches will advance to AFC Cup Play-off Stage, from which in turn, the winners will book a place in the Group Stage. The losers in the Preliminary and Play-off Stages will be eliminated from the competition.
    The slot allocations are as follows:

    http://the-afc.com/afc-cup-2017/afc-cup-2017-slot-allocation-and-draw-date-set
     
  2. fridge46

    fridge46 Member

    Oct 23, 2011
    My understanding of the format:

    Preliminaries
    - 3 rounds to reduce preliminary entrants to 9 (27 automatically qualify for the group stage)

    Group Stage - 9 groups of 4, grouped by region:

    West - 3 groups
    Central - 1 group
    South - 1 group
    East - 1 group
    ASEAN - 3 groups

    Progression to Knockout stages:

    West & ASEAN: group winners plus best runner-up - qualify for Zonal Semi Finals
    Central, South & East: group winners only - qualify for Inter-Zonal Semi Finals

    Knockout stage
    All matches, apart from the final, will be played over 2 legs.

    Zonal
    West Zonal Semi Finals: 4 teams. Winners qualify for Zonal Final. Winner qualifies for FINAL
    ASEAN Zonal Semi Finals: 4 teams. Winners qualify for Zonal Final. Winner qualifies for Inter-Zonal Semi Finals

    Inter-Zonal
    Inter-Zonal Semi Finals: 4 teams (Central, South, East and ASEAN winners) drawn at random. Winners qualify for Inter-Zonal Final. Winner qualifies for FINAL

    Final

    West Winner v Inter-Zonal Winner.

    Bracket:
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    Attached Files:

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  3. Suren01

    Suren01 Member+

    Apr 9, 2012
    Netherlands
    Country:
    Iraq
    What the hell did they do to the format?
     
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  4. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
    Same question in my mind. What the heck is it ?!
     
  5. vasilli07

    vasilli07 Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Singapore
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Country:
    Singapore
    Maybe they are trying to put the final coffin nail into the stupid ASEAN super league idea.
     
  6. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
  7. jonny63

    jonny63 Member+

    Feb 17, 2005
    Norway

    Why Three Star Club from Nepal is not participating :

    http://www.goalnepal.com/news.php?id=29364
     
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  8. Edgar

    Edgar Member

    How are they going to have those preliminary matches in ASEAN zone to get from 5 entrants to 3 GS slots? It would make sense to give the Philippines 2 direct GS slots.

    And are North Korea really sending 2 (two) clubs? I know Rimyongsu where 2 years ago in the APC final, but ...
     
  9. jonny63

    jonny63 Member+

    Feb 17, 2005
    Norway
  10. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
    The team from a league with highest MA ranking will qualify to group stage automatically. The remaining 4 teams will compete for the 2 GS slots.
     
  11. Parisian75

    Parisian75 Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    We will know more about this new system this Tuesday.
     
  12. jonny63

    jonny63 Member+

    Feb 17, 2005
    Norway
    Selangor: The stage is set for the AFC cup 2017 draw which will take place at the Hilton Petaling Jaya in the Malaysian capital at 1430hrs (local time) on Tuesday.

    The clubs - including reigning champions Air Force Club - who will enter the Group Stage of the competition which will feature a new format, are:

    West Asia Zone

    Al Zawraa Club, Air Force Club (Iraq)
    Al Jaish, Al Wahda (Syria)
    Al Wehdat or *Al Jazeera, Al Ahli (Jordan)
    Al Hidd Club, Muharraq Club (Bahrain)
    Safa SC, Nejmeh SC (Lebanon)
    Saham (Oman)
    One West Play-off winner

    ASEAN Zone

    Hanoi T&T or *SHB Da Nang, Than Quang Ninh (Vietnam)
    Johor Darul Ta’zim or *Kedah FA, Felda United (Malaysia)
    Yadanarbon FC or *Yangon United FC, Magwe FC (Myanmar)
    Global FC or *Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, Ceres Negros FC (Philippines)
    Tampines Rovers FC or *Geylang International FC (Singapore)
    Lanexang United FC (Laos)
    Two ASEAN Play-off winners

    South Asia Zone

    JSW Bengaluru FC or *Kingfisher East Bengal (India)
    Maziya S&R (Maldives)
    Albani Dhaka Limited (Bangladesh)
    One South Play-off winner

    Central Asia Zone

    FC Istiklol (Tajikistan)
    Altyn Asyr FC (Turkmenistan)
    FC Alay (Kyrgyzstan)
    One Central Play-off winner

    East Asia Zone

    4.25 SC (DPR Korea)
    Rovers FC (Guam)
    Taipower Company (Chinese Taipei)
    One East Play-off winner

    *With standby club in case top-ranked club advanced to ACL Group Stage

    There will be a separate draw for the West Asia and ASEAN zones. The country protection applies only to the West Asia and ASEAN zones, although there will be no draw and country protection for the zones with one group, namely the Central Asia, South Asia and East Asia Zones.

    In addition, the Double Match Date System (Monday/Tuesday for West Zone and Tuesday/Wednesday for East, Central, South and ASEAN Zones) will be implemented.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE AFC CUP 2017 DRAW MECHANICS

    http://www.the-afc.com/afc-cup-2017/stage-set-for-afc-cup-2017-draw
     
  13. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Croatia
    #13 dinamo_zagreb, Dec 12, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2016
    Well this is twisted.

    So ASEAN has one additional round en route to final. One zone is compromised of teams from leagues that never had team participating in group stage. Qualifying round, that's played in August, is useless now. Good, it was ridiculous scheme.

    That is practically this:
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  14. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
    IMO, it will be clearer for the following format than dividing into 5 zones:

    ASEAN+EAFF (4 groups)
    The group winners and runner-ups will qualify to the knockout stage. The winner of knockout stage will qualify to the semi final (inter-zone playoff).

    SAFF+CAFA (2 groups)
    The group winners and runner-ups will qualify to the knockout stage. The winner of knockout stage will qualify to the semi final (inter-zone playoff).

    WAFF (3 groups)
    Same as current format. The winner will qualify to the final and play against the winner of inter-zone playoff.
     
  15. Fureeku

    Fureeku Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Country:
    Maldives
    Don't like this at all. This means there'll be no country protection during the group stages. For an instance in Group E, there's a strong possibility that there could be either 2 teams from India, or 2 from Maldives.
     
  16. Parisian75

    Parisian75 Member

    Mar 13, 2015
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    Safa and Nejmeh will represent Lebanon
     
  17. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Croatia
    Here are complete results of today's draw.

    West Zone
    Group A

    1. Al Zawraa Club (IRQ)
    2. Al Ahli (JOR)
    3. Al Jaish (SYR)
    4. Play-off winner (OMA/PLE)

    Group B
    1. Al Hidd Club (BHR)
    2. Air Force Club (IRQ)
    3. Safa SC (LIB)
    4. Al Wahda (SYR)

    Group C
    1. Al Wehdat or Al Jazeera (JOR)
    2. Muharraq Club (BHR)
    3. Saham (OMA)
    4. Nejmeh SC (LIB)

    Central Zone
    Group D

    1. FC Istiklol (TJK)
    2. Altyn Asyr FC (TKM)
    3. FC Alay (KGZ)
    4. Play-off winner (TJK/TKM/KGZ/AFG)

    South Zone
    Group E

    1. JSW Bengaluru FC or Kingfisher East Bengal (IND)
    2. Maziya S&R (MDV)
    3. Abhani Limited Dhaka (BAN)
    4. Play-off winner (IND/MDV/BHU/SRI)

    ASEAN Zone
    Group F

    1. Johor Darul Ta'zim or Kedah DA FA (MAS)
    2. Magwe FC (MYA)
    3. Global FC or Loyola merlco Sparks FC (PHL)
    4. Play-off winner (LAO/CAM)

    Group G
    1. Hanoi T&T SHB Da Nang (VIE)
    2. Felda United FC (MAS)
    3. Tampines Rovers FC or Geylang International FC (SIN)
    4. Ceres Negros FC (PHL)

    Group H
    1. Yadanarbon FC or Yangon United FC (MYA)
    2. Than Quang Ninh (VIE)
    3. Lanexang United FC (LAO)
    4. Play-off winner (SIN/CAM)

    East Zone
    Group I

    1. 4.25 SC (PRK)
    2. Rovers FC (GUM)
    3. Taipower Company (TPE)
    4. Play-off winner (PRK/TPE/MNG)
     
  18. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
  19. Suren01

    Suren01 Member+

    Apr 9, 2012
    Netherlands
    Country:
    Iraq
    Nothing less than semifinals for the Iraqi teams!
     
  20. AlleXyS

    AlleXyS Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Club:
    FC Steaua Bucuresti
    Country:
    Romania
    Its funny how clubs from North Korea, TaiPei or Guam will reach the quarter-finals :)))
     
  21. gold4278

    gold4278 Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Country:
    United States
    Tertons FC from Bhutan won Group C on the prelim round, but 2nd place Tatung from Taiwan has a spot in the Qualifying Playoffs instead of them. Does anyone know why Tertons was excluded?
     
  22. gold4278

    gold4278 Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Country:
    United States
    Druk Utd. was 2014 Bhutan National League champ and played in 2016 AFC Cup, Tertons FC won 2015 BNL title and played in and finished first in the qualifying round of 2017 AFC Cup, and Thimphu City won 2016 BNL and also are in 2017 AFC Cup qualifying playoff. Seems unfair that Tertons didn't have a chance to advance.
     
  23. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
    Rovers (Guam) withdrew from the tournament, so Kigwancha (North Korea) will get direct entrance of group stage. Tatung (Taiwan) and Erchim (Mongolia) will complete for the remaining slot of Group I.
     
  24. gold4278

    gold4278 Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Country:
    United States
    #24 gold4278, Dec 22, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016
    Did Tertons FC also withdraw from the tourney? Thanks for the note about Rovers, but Tertons finished top of their group with Tatung and aren't playing in the next round. Also, April 25 from North Korea is already in Group I, so they will have 2 North Korean teams in the same group? It seems odd that they change the team allotments per country after a round has already been played.
     
  25. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Croatia
    Well, they can do whatever they want.

    This is pathetic. PRK never had a team in the competition, only took part in one edition of President's Cup, and now they have two teams in the competition and both in the same group. There's huge chance they will have quarter-final team. :ROFLMAO:
     

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