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AFC President's Cup
AFCPresCupLogo.jpg
Founded 2005
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 11
Current champions Tajikistan Regar TadAZ
Most successful club Tajikistan Regar TadAZ
(3 times)
2010 AFC President's Cup

The AFC President's Cup is an annual international association football competition between domestic clubs sides run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

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Competition format

Since the tournament began in 2005, the number of teams has increased from 8 to 11.

From editions 2005 to 2007, 8 clubs were placed into two groups of 4 teams. Both groups would be played in one host country.

Out of these two groups, the winners and runners up would advance to the semi-final stage, again played in that host country.

In 2008, the tournament was increased to 11 clubs. Therefore a qualification round was created and 11 clubs split into 3 groups. Two groups containing 4 clubs with the 3rd group having 3 clubs.

Each group would then be played in a different country, each having their own host.

The group winners and the best runner up would then qualify for the finals stage, again to be hosted in another country and played at a later date.

The AFC President's Cup trophy.

Since the competition began, the 8 founding nations to take part have been, Tajikistan, Nepal, Taiwan, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Cambodia.

Since 2008, clubs from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Turkmenistan have been invited.

Generally, clubs which represent each nation are the current champions of their domestic football leagues.

Other nations that could enter a team, but have yet to do so are: Brunei, Timor-Leste, Laos, Philippines, Guam, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, Palestine and Afghanistan.

The AFC President’s Cup in 2011 and 2012 will feature 12 teams in three groups for the Group Stage. The top two teams in each group qualify for the six team finals. [1]

Qualification

Qualification to the competition is to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries which fall into the AFC's 'emerging nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document. Countries which are 'mature' and 'developing' nations are entered into the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, respectively. For an 'emerging nation' to have a team representing it in the competition, however, the country must have an acceptable football league. The team that represents a country in one season of the competition is the defending champion of the top-level leagues of participating countries.

Results

Year Host Final Semifinalists (No 3rd place match)
Winner Score Runner-up
2010
Details
2009
Details
Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Regar TadAZ
Tajikistan
2–0 Dordoi-Dynamo
Kyrgyzstan
FC Aşgabat
Turkmenistan
WAPDA FC
Pakistan
2008
Details
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Regar TadAZ
Tajikistan
1-1
(4-3 pens)
Dordoi-Dynamo
Kyrgyzstan
FC Aşgabat
Turkmenistan
Mahendra Police Club
Nepal
2007
Details
Pakistan
Pakistan
Dordoi-Dynamo
Kyrgyzstan
2–1 Mahendra Police Club
Nepal
Ratnam Sports Club
Sri Lanka
Regar TadAZ
Tajikistan
2006
Details
Malaysia
Malaysia
Dordoi-Dynamo
Kyrgyzstan
2-1
(aet)
Vakhsh
Tajikistan
Khemara
Cambodia
Tatung
Chinese Taipei
2005
Details
Nepal
Nepal
Regar TadAZ
Tajikistan
3–0 Dordoi-Dynamo
Kyrgyzstan
Blue Star SC
Sri Lanka
Three Star Club
Nepal

Performance by nation

# Nation Winners Runners-up
1  Tajikistan 3 1
2  Kyrgyzstan 2 3
3  Nepal 0 1

Performance by club

Team Winners Runners-Up Years Won Years Lost
Tajikistan Regar TadAZ 3 0 (2005, 2008, 2009)
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi-Dynamo 2 3 (2006, 2007) (2005, 2008, 2009)
Nepal Mahendra Police Club 0 1 (2007)
Tajikistan Vakhsh 0 1 (2006)

References

See also

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