The 1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup was the first edition of what was later to be known more internationally as the Arab Champions League.
1981–82 Arab Club Champions Cup
|بطولة الأندية العربية 1981–82|
|Dates||19 June 1981 – 7 February 1982|
|Teams||3 (from 1 association)|
|Champions|| Al-Shorta (1st title)|
|Third place|| Al-Ahli|
|Goals scored||9 (2.25 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ali Hussein Mahmoud (2 goals)|
The first edition featured three teams and Iraqi club Al-Shorta were crowned champions after a playoff victory against Lebanese champions Al-Nejmeh, whom in fact were crowned Lebanese Premier League champions back in 1975 but no championship had been played since due to the Lebanese Civil War. Al-Ahli of Jordan were the other team to take part.
Both legs of the semi-final were held in Amman, Jordan and both legs of the final were held in Baghdad, Iraq as the Lebanese Civil War meant that games could not be held in Lebanon.