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The AFC Champions League is the premier Asian club football competition hosted annually by Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The tournament is contested among the top thirty-two clubs from the top 10 Asian leagues, two of which must qualify through the playoffs. The champions receive about US$2.25 million in prize money (specific amount depends on record from the group stage) and a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of the year.
Starting 2009 season, the defending champion no longer receives an automatic berth, forcing them to qualify through their respective domestic league or cup competitions. However, the 2008 champions, Gamba Osaka, and the 2009 champions, Pohang Steelers, both managed to qualify for the following season. In the 2010 edition though, the defending champions, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma became the first club to fail to secure a spot in the following year's Champions League.
The qualifying round starts in late February and the single-match final takes place in early November at a neutral venue. During the World Cup years, the qualifying rounds tends to start bit earlier.
Pohang Steelers is currently the most successful club in the competition's history, having won their third title in 2009. League-wise, the Korean K-League has 9 titles and is the most successful league competition followed by the Japanese J. League which has 5 previous winners. The last five editions (2006–2010) have seen K-League clubs win 3 titles (2006, 2009, 2010) and J.League with 2 titles (2007, 2008), showing the dominance by the Eastern clubs.

History

Asian Champion Club Tournament Era (1967–1972)


The competition started as the Asian Champion Club Tournament back in 1967. Eight domestic champions from eight Asian leagues competed in the inaugural season. With the exception of the 1968 season, the tournament was held annually until 1971. During the first four editions, two Israeli clubs, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv won three championships. In 1972, the tournament was canceled due to a lack of interest which eventually resulted in the withdrawal of all participants except for two. The tournament was not held for the next fourteen years; this was also because professionalism in Asian club football did not start till the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Asian Club Championship Era (1985/86–2001/02)

Using the old European Cup as a model, the tournament returned to Asia during the 1985/86 season with a new name, the Asian Club Championship. Entry was restricted to the domestic champions of certain Asian leagues. Even so, a few withdrawals were seen from year to year. From 1990, AFC introduced the Asian Cup Winners Cup which, as the name suggested, was also restricted to domestic cup winners. The winners of

AFC Champions League Era (2002/03–present)

2002/03 season

From 2002/03 season the three major Asian club competitions, Asian Champions Cup, Asian Cup Winners Cup, and Asian Super Cup were merged into one larger tournament and re-branded as the AFC Champions League. In the previous years, the domestic champions and cup winners were sorted into two different continental tournaments, but now both domestic champions and cup winners enter into this larger competition. In the first edition, after several qualifying rounds, a total of sixteen clubs participated in group stage. One club from each group hosted the group stage which were conducted with the single round-robin format in a week. Four group winners then qualified to the semifinals, which were the four hosts of the group stage. The semifinal and the final were contested in two-legged aggregate series.

2003/04 season

The 2003/04 season was cancelled due to the SARS virus outbreak.

2004–2008 seasons

The tournament was re-launched in 2004 season with 28 clubs from fourteen countries. Unlike the previous year, the tournament schedule was changed from March to November. In the group stage, the 28 clubs were divided into seven groups of four on a regional basis, separating East Asian and West Asian clubs to reduce traveling costs, and played double round-robin on a home and away basis. Then, the seven group winners along with the defending champions qualified to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals were two-legged series, with away goals, extra time, and penalties used as tie-breakers. The 2005 season saw Syrian clubs join the competition, thus increasing the number of participating countries to 15, and two years later, following their transfer into the AFC in 2006, Australian clubs were also included in the tournament. With lack of professionalism in Asian football, many problems still existed in the tournament, such as on field violence and late submission of the player registration. Many blamed the lack of prize money and expensive travel cost as the some of the reasons. However, with the introduction of the FIFA World Club Championship in 2005 (now known as FIFA Club World Cup), inclusion of English media via the A-League, and two consecutive wins by Japanese sides, allowed to set up a more competitive and more professional format in 2009.

2009–present

The Champions League expanded to 32 clubs and direct entry is limited to the top ten Asian leagues. Each country will receive up to 4 slots, though no more than one third of the number of teams in that country's top division, rounded downwards, depending on the strength of their league, league structure (professionalism), marketability, financial status, and other criteria set out by the AFC Pro-League committee. The assessment criteria and ranking for participating associations will be revised by AFC every two years, with the most recent ones being approved for 2011–2012 seasons.

The prize money has been significantly increased since 2009 season and the clubs can earn some prize money even at the group stage depending on their performance. The group stage is conducted in the same manner as the previous four tournaments; this time, however, now eight group winners and eight runners-up qualify to the Round of 16, in which group-winners play host to the runners-up in a single match format, matched regionally. The regional restriction is lifted from the further stages, though since 2010 season clubs from the same country cannot face each other in the quarterfinals unless that country has three or more representatives in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and the semifinals are played in two-legged series, with away goal, extra time, and penalties used as tie-breakers. The final is played as a single match at a pre-determined neutral venue.

Future Plans (2013–)

The Round of 16 will be a two-legged affair starting 2013. Also, currently venue for the final is debated. During the 2009–2010 seasons, the final was held at a pre-determined neutral venue; Tokyo, Japan in both seasons. However, for the 2011–2012 seasons, the final will be held at one of the finalists home stadium determined by the draw of lots. After studying these two cases, the venue for the finals for 2013 season and onward will be determined.

Current Regulations

Qualification


AFC Final Assessment Ranking for 2009–2012 seasons

The qualifications are based on AFC Final Assessment Rankings (see below). The assessments was conducted by AFC Pro-League committee during 2006–2008, and is based on the football competitiveness, professionalism, marketability, and financial status of the league and its clubs. Leagues can have up to four spots, but no more than one third of the number of teams in that country's top division, rounded downwards. However, some leagues may have to enter their clubs through qualifying playoffs. The previous year AFC Cup finalists may also enter qualifying play-offs given that their league meets the AFC Champions League criteria.

The new assessment ranking was expected to be published in November 2010, with an intention to it being updated every two years. However, after realizing that newly set criteria are hard to be implemented on time, AFC decided to maintain the existing allocation scheme for two more seasons and postpone the publishing of a new ranking for one year till November 2011. This ranking is expected to be applied for 2013 season onwards.

The finalists of the AFC Cup of preceding season will also participate in the play-off, provided that they meet the Champions League criteria.

Tournament Format

Qualifying play-off

8 teams, 2 knock-out rounds, each 1 leg, on a regional basis, 2 winners qualify for the group stage.

Group Stage

A total of 32 clubs are divided into 8 groups of four, based on region i.e. East Asian and South-east Asian clubs are drawn in Group E to H, while the rest are grouped in Group A to D. Each group is a double round robin, for a total of 6 matches for each team. Clubs receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:
Points earned between the clubs in question
Goal Difference between the clubs in question
Goals For between the clubs in question
Goal Difference within the group
Goals For within the group
The eight group winners and eight runners-up qualify to the Knock-out Round.

Knock-out Round, Round-of-16

Group winners vs group runners-up, 1 leg, on a regional basis.

Knock-out Round, Quarterfinals & Semifinal

All 8 clubs are randomly matched; however, starting 2010 season, the clubs from same country cannot face each other in the quarter-finals. The games are conducted in 2 legs -home and away- where the aggregate goals decides the match winner. If the aggregate goals cannot produce a winner the away goals rule is used. If still tied the clubs play extra time, where the away goals rule still applies. If still tied after extra time, the game goes to penalties.

Final

One 90-min game at a neutral venue. If tied after regulation, extra-time, penalty kick will be used to produce a winner.

Sponsors

On 5 November 2008 it was announced that Qatar’s leading telecom company Qtel will sponsor the 2011 AFC Asian Cup and the AFC Champions League from 2009–2012.

On 8 January 2009 it was confirmed that Emirates Airline signed a four-year extension to its sponsorship deal with AFC.

In November 2009, the AFC signed a $1 billion 8-year deal with WSG starting 2013. Most of this money will be allocated to the AFC Champions League.

Prize money

The budget for the tournament has increased from US $4 million in 2008 to US $20 million in 2009, with the total prize pool now equalling US $14 million. The winner receives US $1.5 million in prize money plus additional winnings collected from the earlier rounds. Clubs receive a travel subsidy for each away match. Thus, for each round of 16 tie, only one club receives a travel subsidy.

Group stages

Win: $40,000
Draw: $20,000
Loss: $0
Travel subsidy: $30,000 x 3

Round of 16

Participation: $50,000
Travel subsidy: $40,000

Quarter-finals

Participation: $80,000
Travel subsidy: $50,000

Semi-finals

Participation: $120,000
Travel subsidy: $60,000

Final

Champions: $1.5 million
Runners-up: $750,000
Travel subsidy: $60,000
 
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List Of ACL Winners

Asian Champion Club Tournament era (1967–1971)

1967 Hapoel Tel Aviv [2][1] Selangor
1968 -
1969 Maccabi Tel Aviv [1][0] Yangzee FC (A.E.T)
1970 Taj Tehran [2[1] Hapoel Tel Aviv
1971 Maccabi Tel Aviv [-][-] Al-Shorta
1972 -
1973 -
1974 -
1975 -
1976 -
1977 -
1978 -
1979 -
1980 -
1981 -
1982 -
1983 -
1984 -

Asian Club Championship era (1985–2002)

1985 Daewoo Royals [3][1] Al-Ahli (A.E.T)
1986 Furukawa Electric [-][-] Al-Hilal (Round Robin)
1987 Yomiuri FC [-][-] Al-Hilal
1988 Al-Sadd [3][3] Al-Rasheed (Away Goal)
1989 Liaoning FC [3][2] Nissan Yokohama FC (Aggregat)
1990 Esteghlal [2][1] Liaoning FC
1991 Al-Hilal (4)[1][1](3) Esteghlal (Penalty)
1992 PAS Tehran [1][0] Al-Shabab
1993 Thai Farmers Bank [2][1] Oman Club
1994 Thai Farmers Bank [1][0] Al-Arabi
1995 Ilhwa Chunma [1][0] Al-Nassr (A.E.T)
1996 Pohang Steelers [2][1] Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma (A.E.T)
1997 Pohang Steelers (6)[0][0](5) Dalian Wanda (Penalty)
1998 Júbilo Iwata [2][1] Esteghlal
1999 Al-Hilal [3][2] úbilo Iwata (A.E.T)
2000 Suwon Samsung Bluewings [1][0] Júbilo Iwata
2001 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (4)[0][0](2) Anyang LG Cheetahs (Penalty)

AFC Champions League era (2002–present)

2002 Al-Ain [2][1] BEC Tero Sasana (Aggregat)
2003 -
2004 Al-Ittihad [6][3] Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (Aggregat)
2005 Al-Ittihad [5][3] Al-Ain (Aggregat)
2006 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors [3][2] Al-Karamah (Aggregat)
2007 Urawa Red Diamonds [3][1] Sepahan (Aggregat)
2008 Gamba Osaka [5][0] Adelaide United (Aggregat)
2009 Pohang Steelers [2][1] Al-Ittihad
2010 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma [3][1] Zob Ahan
2011 Al-Sadd (4)[2][2](2) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Penalty)
2012 Ulsan Hyundai [3][0] Al-Ahli
2013 Guangzhou Evergrande [3][3] FC Seoul (Away Goal)
2014 Western Sydney Wanderers [1][0] Al-Hilal (Aggregat)
2015 Guangzhou Evergrande [1][0] Al-Ahli (Aggregat)
2016 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors [3][2] Al-Ain (Aggregat)

Most Successfull Team

Pohang Steelers (3) - 1997, 1998, 2009
Al-Hilal (2) - 1991, 2000
Esteghlal (2) - 1970, 1990
Seongnam FC (2) - 1995, 2010
Al-Ittihad (2) - 2004, 2005
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2) - 2006, 2016
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2) - 1969, 1971
Thai Farmers Bank (2) - 1993, 1994
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (2) - 2001, 2002
Al-Sadd (2) - 1988, 2011
Guangzhou Evergrande (2) - 2013, 2015
Jubilo Iwata (1) - 1999
Al-Ain (1) - 2003
Hapoel Tel Aviv (1) - 1967
Liaoning Whowin (1) - 1989
Busan IPark (1) - 1985
JEF United Chiba (1) - 1986
Tokyo Verdy (1) - 1987
PAS Tehran (1) - 1993
Urawa Red Diamonds (1) - 2007
Gamba Osaka (1) - 2008
Ulsan Hyundai (1) - 2012
Western Sydney Wanderers (1) - 2014

Most Appearances In Final

Al-Hilal (5) - 1986, 1987, 1991, 2000, 2014
Esteghlal (4) - 1970, 1990, 1991, 1999
Seongnam FC (4) - 1995, 1997, 2010, 2004
Pohang Steelers (3) - 1997, 1998, 2009
Al-Ittihad (3) - 2004, 2005, 2009
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (3) - 2006, 2011, 2016
Jubilo Iwata (3) - 1999, 2000, 2001
Al-Ain (3) - 2003, 2005, 2016
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2) - 1969, 1971
Thai Farmers Bank (2) - 1993, 1994
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (2) - 2001, 2002
Al-Sadd (2) - 1988, 2011
Guangzhou Evergrande (2) - 2013, 2015
Hapoel Tel Aviv (2) - 1967, 1970
Liaoning Whowin (2) - 1989, 1990
Al-Ahli (2) - 1985, 2012
FC Seoul (2) - 2002, 2013
Busan IPark (1) - 1985
JEF United Chiba (1) - 1986
Tokyo Verdy (1) - 1987
PAS Tehran (1) - 1993
Urawa Red Diamonds (1) - 2007
Gamba Osaka (1) - 2008
Ulsan Hyundai (1) - 2012
Western Sydney Wanderers (1) - 2014
Selangor (1) - 1967
Yangzee (1) - 1969
Al-Shorta (1) - 1971
Al-Rasheed (1) - 1989
Yokohama F. Marinos (1) - 1990
Al-Shabab (1) - 1992
Oman Club (1) - 1993
Al-Arabi (1) - 1994
Al-Nassr (1) - 1995
Dalian Shide (1) - 1998
BEC Tero Sasana (1) - 2003
Al-Karamah (1) - 2006
Sepahan (1) - 2007
Adelaide United (1) - 2008
Zob Ahan (1) - 2010
Al-Ahli (1) - 2015

Most Successful Team By Nation

Winner

South Korea - 11
Japan - 5
Saudi Arabia - 4
Iran - 3
China - 3
Israel - 3
Qatar - 2
Thailand - 2
United Arab Emirates - 1
Australia - 1

Runner Up

Saudi Arabia - 8
South Korea - 6
Iran - 4
Japan - 3
United Arab Emirates - 3
China - 2
Iraq - 2
Israel - 1
Qatar - 1
Thailand - 1
Australia - 1
Malaysia - 1
Oman - 1
Syria - 1
 
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Asia - Champions League Group A

FT Nasaf Qarshi 2 - 4 Al-Jazira

Asia - Champions League Group C

FT Sepahan 1 - 0 Al-Nasr
FT Lekhwiya 1 - 0 Al Ahli

Asia - Champions League Group D

FT Al-Shabab 0 - 0 Al-Garrafa
FT Al Hilal 1 - 1 Perspolis

Asia - Champions League Group G

FT Nagoya Grampus Eight 2 - 2 Seongnam Ilhwa
FT Tianjin Teda 0 - 0 Central Coast Mariners
 

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Asia - Champions League Group A

18:30 Al-Rayyan ? - ? Nasaf Qarshi

Asia - Champions League Group C

18:30 Sepahan ? - ? Lekhwiya
19:00 Al-Nasr ? - ? Al Ahli
 

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Asia - Champions League Group E

FT Gamba Osaka 3 - 1 Bunyodkor Tashkent
FT Pohang Steelers 1 - 0 Adelaide United

Asia - Champions League Group G

FT Central Coast Mariners 1 - 1 Seongnam Ilhwa
FT Tianjin Teda 0 - 3 Nagoya Grampus Eight
 

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wah...harap JDT layak main ACL...ada gak wakil Malaysia
 

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wah...harap JDT layak main ACL...ada gak wakil Malaysia
dah lama rumah ni ada tapi masih belum ada wakil dari malaysia #:-S
harap kali ni ada wakil dari Liga M :)cgrock
 

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dah lama rumah ni ada tapi masih belum ada wakil dari malaysia #:-S
harap kali ni ada wakil dari Liga M :)cgrock
harap2 camtula tuan...kalo JDT layak maen ACL...adala can Selangor maen AFC Cup...ekeke :D
 
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