2016–17 Iraq FA Cup
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.
|Dates||2 December 2016 – 22 August 2017|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Mustafa Karim|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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||Balad||0–1||Al-Iraq|
|2 December 2016||Al-Diwan||0–2||Al-Najda|
|20', 82' Qasim|
|2 December 2016||Samaraa||7–1||Jisr Diyala|
|Salah 6', 7'
Alaa 64', 67'
|2 December 2016||Al-Maslaha||1–0||Al-Rusafa|
|2 December 2016||Peshmerga Al-Sulaymaniya||1–0||Al-Jinsiya|
|Note: Despite losing the game, Al-Jinsiya were admitted into the round of 32 to replace the withdrawing Erbil.|
|5 December 2016||Al-Shabab||0–1||Haifa|
|Note: Al-Shabab were a late replacement for Al-Mithaq who were unable to compete in the tournament.|
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-Tarmiya||1–0||Shabab Al-Adil|
Round of 32Edit
|26 March 2017||Al-Jinsiya||0–1||Al-Najda|
|27 March 2017||Al-Shorta||1–3||Al-Jaish|
|Abdul-Qadir Tariq 45+5'|| 36' Hussein Ahmed
57' Samir Falah
77' Ali Abdullah
|27 March 2017||Naft Maysan||5–1||Al-Siyaha|
|27 March 2017||Amanat Baghdad||5–0||Badr Al-Iraq|
|27 March 2017||Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya||2–0||Al-Tarmiya|
|28 March 2017||Al-Zawraa||4–3||Al-Maslaha|
|Karim 20', 31'
H. Abdul-Amir 74'
| 25' Thajel
|Referee: Muntaser Ghazi|
Round of 16Edit
|20 August 2017||Al-Minaa||1–1 |
|Husni 68'||50' Attwan||Stadium: Naft Al-Wasat Stadium|
|20 August 2017||Al-Zawraa||3–1||Amanat Baghdad||Baghdad|
|Karim 6', 29'
H. Abdul-Amir 35'
|20' (pen.) A. Abdul-Amir||Stadium: Amanat Baghdad Stadium|
From the Round of 32 onwards: