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The 2016–17 Iraq FA Cup was the 28th edition of the Iraqi knockout football cup competition, the main domestic cup in Iraqi football. A total of 19 teams from the Iraqi Premier League and 41 teams from the Iraq Division One participated. It started on 2 December 2016 and the final was played at the Al-Sinaa Stadium in Baghdad on 22 August 2017 (the usual venue, Al-Shaab Stadium, was closed for renovation). It was the second Iraq FA Cup final to be held outside Al-Shaab Stadium, with the first being in 2003.

2016–17 Iraq FA Cup
Country Iraq
Dates2 December 2016 – 22 August 2017
Teams60
ChampionsAl-Zawraa
Runners-upNaft Al-Wasat
Top goal scorer(s)Mustafa Karim
(5 goals)

The winners of the competition were Al-Zawraa, who extended their record number of cup wins to 15 with a 1–0 victory over Naft Al-Wasat in the final thanks to a stoppage time goal by Alaa Abdul-Zahra.[1]

Contents

FormatEdit

ParticipationEdit

The cup started with the first round, consisting of the 41 teams from the Iraq Division One, 40 of which played against each other and 1 of which automatically proceeded to the next round. The second round consisted of the 21 qualified teams from the first round, 18 of which played against each other and 3 of which automatically proceeded to the Round of 32. The 20 Iraqi Premier League clubs were to join the 12 qualified teams from the second round to form the Round of 32, but Erbil withdrew from the tournament and therefore Division One side Al-Jinsiya were admitted into the Round of 32 to replace them despite already being knocked out.

The last cup competition saw almost half of the Premier League clubs withdraw from the tournament. To avoid this happening again, the Iraq FA announced that any Premier League team that withdrew would be fined and also deducted three points in the league. However, the Premier League had already finished by the time the Round of 16 came around, so teams who withdrew from that stage onwards faced no sanctions.

CardsEdit

If a player received a second yellow card, they would be banned from the next cup match. If a player received a red card, they would be banned a minimum of one match, but more could be added by the Iraq Football Association.

No extra-timeEdit

The Iraq Football Association decided that from the Round of 16 onwards, there would not be an extra time period for matches that end in a draw; instead the game would go straight to a penalty shootout.

Participating clubsEdit

The following 60 teams participated in the competition:

Iraqi Premier League
19 clubs from the 2016–17 season
Iraq Division One
41 clubs from the 2016–17 season
  • Bold indicates the team is still in the competition.

ScheduleEdit

The rounds of the 2016–17 competition were scheduled as follows:

Round Draw date and time Matches dates
First round 8 November 2016 2–5 December 2016
Second round 9–11 December 2016
Round of 32 7 March 2017 26–31 March 2017
Round of 16 14 August 2017
Quarterfinals 17 August 2017
Semifinals 20 August 2017
Final 22 August 2017

MatchesEdit

First roundEdit

40 teams from the Iraq Division One compete in this round, and 1 Division One team (Badr Al-Iraq) is automatically placed into the second round.

2 December 2016 Al-Tarmiya0–0 (aet)
(3–2 p)
Al-Alam

2 December 2016 Ghaz Al-Shamal1–1 (aet)
(8–7 p)
Al-Kufa

5 December 2016 Al-Sinaa3–0 (w/o)Brayati

Second roundEdit

18 of the 21 qualified teams from the previous round compete in this round, while 4 teams (Al-Siyaha, Al-Kadhimiya, Al-Maslaha and Al-Jinsiya) are automatically placed into the Round of 32. Although Al-Jinsiya were knocked out in the first round, they were chosen to replace Erbil who withdrew from the tournament.

9 December 2016 Al-Khutoot0–1Al-Jaish

9 December 2016 Al-Tarmiya1–0Shabab Al-Adil

9 December 2016 Al-Atheer3–3 (aet)
(4–5 p)
Badr Al-Iraq

11 December 2016 Al-Sinaa1–0Al-Taji

11 December 2016 Salahaddin0–0 (aet)
(9–10 p)
Ghaz Al-Shamal

Round of 32Edit

26 March 2017 Zakho1–3Al-Hudood

26 March 2017 Al-Hussein1–1 (aet)
(4–5 p)
Al-Hurr

26 March 2017 Al-Jinsiya0–1Al-Najda

26 March 2017 Al-Samawa1–3Al-Najaf

27 March 2017 Karbalaa2–1Al-Bahri

27 March 2017 Naft Maysan5–1Al-Siyaha

27 March 2017 Amanat Baghdad5–0Badr Al-Iraq

27 March 2017 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya2–0Al-Tarmiya

Round of 16Edit

14 August 2017 Al-Jaish0–3 (w/o)Al-Hudood

14 August 2017 Al-Hurr0–0
(3–4 p)
Al-Minaa

QuarterfinalsEdit

17 August 2017 Al-Hudood0–3 (w/o)Al-Minaa

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

BracketEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit