2022 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs

The 2022 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs were played from 8 to 15 March 2022.[1] A total of 16 teams competed in the qualifying play-offs to decide seven of the 40 places in the group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.[2]

Teams edit

The following 14 teams, split into two regions (West Region and East Region), entered the qualifying play-offs, consisting of two rounds:

  • 2 teams entered in the preliminary round.
  • 12 teams entered in the play-off round.
Region Teams entering in play-off round Teams entering in preliminary round
West Region
East Region

Format edit

In the qualifying play-offs, each tie was played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.[2]

Schedule edit

The schedule of each round was as follows.[1]

Round Match date
Preliminary round 8 March 2022
Play-off round 15 March 2022

Bracket edit

The bracket of the qualifying play-offs for each region was determined based on each team's association ranking and their seeding within their association, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Teams from the same association could not be placed into the same tie. The seven winners of the play-off round (three from West Region and four from East Region) advanced to the group stage to join the 33 direct entrants.

Play-off West 1 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Al-Taawoun (p)1 (5)
  Al-Jaish1 (4)

Play-off West 2 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Nasaf Qarshi2

Play-off West 3 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Sharjah (p)1 (6)
  Al-Zawraa1 (5)

Play-off East 1 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Changchun Yatai
  Sydney FCw/o
  Sydney FC5

Play-off East 2 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Vissel Kobe (a.e.t.)4
  Melbourne Victory3
  Melbourne Victoryw/o
  Shan United

Play-off East 3 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Ulsan Hyundai3

Play-off East 4 edit

Preliminary roundPlay-off round
  Daegu FC (p)1 (3)
  Buriram United1 (2)

Preliminary round edit

Summary edit

A total of two teams played in the preliminary round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Sydney FC   5–0   Kaya–Iloilo
Melbourne Victory   Cancelled[note 2]   Shan United

East Region edit

Sydney FC  5–0  Kaya–Iloilo
  • Buhagiar   30'
  • Bobô   47', 49' (pen.)
  • Le Fondre   71', 81'
Live Report
Attendance: 435

Play-off round edit

Summary edit

A total of 14 teams played in the play-off round: 12 teams which entered in this round, and two winners of the preliminary round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Region
Al-Taawoun   1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Baniyas   0–2   Nasaf Qarshi
Sharjah   1–1 (a.e.t.)
(6–5 p)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Region
Changchun Yatai   Cancelled[note 1]   Sydney FC
Vissel Kobe   4–3 (a.e.t.)   Melbourne Victory
Ulsan Hyundai   3–0   Port
Daegu FC   1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
  Buriram United

West Region edit

Al-Taawoun  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Al-Jaish
Al-Nabit   81' Live Report Al Wakid   70'
Baniyas  0–2  Nasaf Qarshi
Live Report
Attendance: 1,304
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
Sharjah  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Al-Zawraa
Live Report
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

East Region edit

Vissel Kobe  4–3 (a.e.t.)  Melbourne Victory
Live Report
Attendance: 7,861
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
Ulsan Hyundai  3–0  Port
Live Report
Daegu FC  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Buriram United
Live Report
Attendance: 3,271
Referee: Bijan Heydari (Iran)

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b c Changchun Yatai withdrew from the competition after the draw. AFC decided to cancel the play-off match, and the winner of preliminary stage, Sydney FC, automatically advanced to the group stage.[4]
  2. ^ a b c d Shan United withdrew from the AFC Champions League and Melbourne Victory entered the play-off round instead of the preliminary round.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "AFC Competitions Calendar 2022" (PDF). the-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-01-13. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  2. ^ a b "AFC Champions League 2022 Competition Regulations" (PDF). the-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation.
  3. ^ "AFC confirms the withdrawal of Myanmar clubs". the-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 19 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Latest update on the AFC Champions League 2022". the-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 1 March 2022.

External links edit