2022 AFC Cup

The 2022 AFC Cup is the 19th edition of the AFC Cup, Asia's secondary club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

2022 AFC Cup
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
5–19 April
Competition proper:
18 May – 22 October
TeamsCompetition proper: 38
Total (maximum): 44 (from 27 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played33
Goals scored110 (3.33 per match)
Attendance128,488 (3,894 per match)
Top scorer(s)India Liston Colaco
(4 goals)
2021
All statistics correct as of 24 June 2022.
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

This season will be the last season in an all-year-round (spring-to-autumn) schedule; from next season onwards the competitions will switch to an autumn-to-spring schedule.[1]

The winners of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2023–24 AFC Champions League, entering the qualifying play-offs, if they have not qualified through their domestic performance.[2]

Bahraini club Al-Muharraq are the title holders, having won their second AFC Cup title in 2021. As they failed to obtain the AFC license, they will not defend their title.

Association team allocationEdit

The 47 AFC member associations are ranked based on their clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions (their national team's FIFA World Rankings no longer considered).[3] The slots are allocated by the following criteria according to the Entry Manual:[4]

  • The associations are split into five zones (Article 5.1):
  • Excluding the top five associations in each region for AFC Champions League slot allocation, all other associations are eligible to enter the AFC Cup.
  • The teams from associations ranked 6th, 11th and 12th which are eliminated in the AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs enter the AFC Cup group stage (Article 3.2). The following rules are applied:
    • The associations ranked 6th in both the West Region and the East Region, while allocated one direct slot in the AFC Cup group stage without taking away any direct slot from other associations, are not ranked in each zone for AFC Cup slot allocation (Article 5.3).[5]
    • If they advance to the AFC Champions League group stage, the AFC Cup group stage slot is filled by the standby team from their association if such team are available (Article 5.12).
    • The rules above do not apply to the AFC Champions League title holders and AFC Cup title holders which are allocated AFC Champions League play-off slots should they not qualify for the tournament through domestic performance.
  • In the West Asia Zone and the ASEAN Zone, there are three groups in the group stage, including 9 direct slots, with the 3 remaining slots filled through qualifying play-offs (Article 5.2). The slots in each zone are distributed as follows:
    • The associations ranked 1st to 3rd are each allocated two direct slots.
    • The associations ranked 4th to 6th are each allocated one direct slot and one play-off slot.
    • The associations ranked 7th or below are each allocated get one play-off slot.
    • If any zone has an association ranked 6th for AFC Champions League slot allocation, which is allocated one direct slot in the AFC Cup group stage, there are 10 direct slots, with the 2 remaining slots filled through qualifying play-offs.
  • In the South Asia Zone, the Central Asia Zone, and the East Asia Zone, there is one group in the group stage, including 3 direct slots, with the 1 remaining slot filled through qualifying play-offs (Article 5.2). The slots in each zone are distributed as follows:[6]
    • The associations ranked 1st to 3rd are each allocated one direct slot and one play-off slot.
    • The associations ranked 4th or below are each allocated one play-off slot.
    • If any zone has an association ranked 6th for AFC Champions League slot allocation, which is allocated one direct slot in the AFC Cup group stage, there are 4 direct slots, and to ensure equal opportunity in each zone, another group is added to this zone in the group stage, with the 4 remaining slots filled through qualifying play-offs (Article 5.4.1).
    • If any zone has at least 7 play-off slots, to ensure equal opportunity in each zone, another group is added to this zone in the group stage, with the 5 remaining slots filled through qualifying play-offs (Article 5.4.2).
  • If any association with direct slots do not fulfill any one of the AFC Cup criteria, they have all their direct slots converted into play-off slots. The direct slots given up are redistributed to the highest eligible association by the following criteria (Articles 5.7 and 5.8):
    • For each association, the maximum number of total slots is two (Articles 3.4 and 3.5).
    • If any association is allocated one additional direct slot, one play-off slot is annulled and not redistributed.
  • If any association with only play-off slot(s), including those mentioned above, do not fulfill the minimum AFC Cup criteria, the play-off slot(s) are annulled and not redistributed (Articles 5.10 and 5.11).
  • For each association, the maximum number of total slots is one-third of the total number of eligible teams (excluding foreign teams) in the top division (Article 5.6). If this rule is applied, any direct slots given up are redistributed by the same criteria as mentioned above, and play-off slots are annulled and not redistributed (Article 9.10).
  • All participating teams must be granted an AFC Champions League or AFC Cup license, and apart from cup winners, finish in the top half of their top division (Articles 7.1 and 9.5). If any association do not have enough teams which satisfy this criteria, any direct slots given up are redistributed by the same criteria as mentioned above, and play-off slots are annulled and not redistributed (Article 9.9).
  • If any team granted a license refuses to participate, their slot, either direct or play-off, is annulled and not redistributed (Article 9.11).

Association rankingEdit

For the 2022 AFC Cup, the associations are allocated slots according to their association ranking which was published on 29 November 2019,[7][8] which takes into account their performance in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup during the period between 2016 and 2019.

Participation for 2022 AFC Cup
Participating
Not participating
(N) Number of teams/associations originally entered, before withdrawal of teams from the competition after the draw
Notes
  1. ^
    AFC Licensing (AFC1): Association did not implement the club licensing system.[9]
  2. ^
    AFC Licensing (AFC2): Association did not have a licensed club.[9]
  3. ^
    Jordan (JOR): Jordan's only team granted a license are playing in the 2022 AFC Champions League.
  4. ^
    Kuwait (KUW): Kuwait is given an additional slot due to unallocated slots in West Zone (Entry Manual Article 5.2).
  5. ^
    Macau (MAC): Macau's indirect slot is annulled as Benfica Macau, the Liga de Elite runners-up, refuses to enter the AFC Cup (Entry Manual Article 9.11).
  6. ^
    Myanmar (MYA): The teams from Myanmar which originally entered the AFC Cup, Shan United and Hantharwady United, withdrew from the competition after the draw.[10]
  7. ^
    Philippines (PHI): Philippines are ranked 6th in the East Region for AFC Champions League allocation, and thus are allocated one direct slot in the AFC Cup group stage without taking away any direct slot from other associations.
  8. ^
    Uzbekistan (UZB): Uzbekistan are ranked 6th in the West Region for AFC Champions League allocation, and thus are allocated one direct slot in the AFC Cup group stage without taking away any direct slot from other associations.
  9. ^
    Vietnam (VIE): Vietnam had only one entry as Nam Dinh, the 2021 V.League 1 fourth place, refuses to enter the AFC Cup (Entry Manual Article 9.11).

TeamsEdit

Notes
  1. ^
    AFC Champions League (ACL): Standby team replacing another team qualified for the 2022 AFC Champions League group stage.
  2. ^
    Bangladesh (BAN): The second-placed team Sheikh Jamal were ineligible as they failed to obtain an AFC license.
  3. ^
    Hong Kong (HKG): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, the 2020–21 Hong Kong FA Cup was cancelled and declared null and void by the Hong Kong Football Association. The teams from Hong Kong playing in the 2022 AFC Cup are determined only by the results of the 2020–21 Hong Kong Premier League.[12]
  4. ^
    Indonesia (IDN): The 2019 Liga 1 champions, Bali United and 2018–19 Piala Indonesia winners, PSM Makassar were chosen to represent Indonesia in the 2022 AFC Cup because the 2020 Liga 1 and the 2020 Piala Indonesia were cancelled and declared void by the Football Association of Indonesia and 2021–22 Liga 1 is still running and not be finished until April 2022.[13][14]
  5. ^
    India (IND): Since Mumbai City, the 2020–21 Indian Super League regular season premiers, are also the 2020–21 Indian Super League playoffs winners, ATK Mohun Bagan, the 2020–21 Indian Super League regular season runners-up, qualify for the 2022 AFC Cup.
  6. ^
    Malaysia (MAS): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, the 2021 Malaysia FA Cup was cancelled and not organized by the Football Association of Malaysia. The 2021 Malaysia Cup winners will qualify for the 2022 AFC Cup.[15]
  7. ^
    Maldives (MDV): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Maldives, the 2021 Maldives FA Cup was cancelled and not organized by the Football Association of Maldives. The teams from Maldives playing in the 2022 AFC Cup are determined only by the results of the 2020–21 Dhivehi Premier League.[16]
  8. ^
    Myanmar (MYA): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar plus the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état and protests, the 2021 Myanmar National League was not held by the Myanmar Football Federation.
  9. ^
    Nepal (NEP): Since the 2021–22 Martyr's Memorial A-Division League could not be completed in time, it was agreed that the table toppers after matchday 7 would qualify for the AFC Cup.
  10. ^
    Oman (OMA): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oman, the 2020–21 Oman Professional League was cancelled and declared null and void by the Oman Football Association.[17] One of the two teams from Oman playing in the 2022 AFC Cup was determined by the results of the previous domestic season (2019–20 Oman Professional League).
  11. ^
    Palestine (PLE): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the State of Palestine, the 2020–21 Palestine Cup was cancelled and not organized by the Palestinian Football Association. The teams from Palestine playing in the 2022 AFC Cup are determined only by the results of the 2020–21 West Bank Premier League. The second-placed team Markaz Balata were ineligible as they failed to obtain an AFC license.
  12. ^
    Philippines (PHI): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, the 2021 Philippines Football League was cancelled, with the 2021 Copa Paulino Alcantara used to determine the Philippine club to participate. The Azkals Development Team were the runners-up in the competition, however the club did not own an AFC club license and was thus ineligible to compete in AFC club competitions.[18] Kaya F.C.–Iloilo first played in the 2022 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs and were eliminated, but still qualified to the AFC Cup group stage.
  13. ^
    Singapore (SIN): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore, the 2021 Singapore Cup was cancelled and not organized by the Football Association of Singapore.[19] The teams from Singapore playing in the 2022 AFC Cup are determined only by the results of the 2021 Singapore Premier League.
  14. ^
    Turkmenistan (TKM1): Only Ahal (the Ýokary Liga runners-up) were granted an AFC Champions League license; so Altyn Asyr qualified for 2022 AFC Cup instead.[20][9]
  15. ^
    Turkmenistan (TKM2):2021 Turkmenistan Cup winners[21] and 2021 Ýokary Liga 3rd place Şagadam were not granted an AFC Cup license. As a result, Köpetdag, the second best team granted an AFC Cup license and not an AFC Champions League license (2021 Ýokary Liga fourth place), qualified for the 2022 AFC Cup.[20][9]
  16. ^
    Vietnam (VIE): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, the 2021 V.League 1 and 2021 Vietnamese Cup were both abandoned by the Vietnam Football Federation. It was decided that the league's first placed team at the time of abandonment would take the AFC Champions League slot,[22] with the AFC Cup slots to go to the second and third placed teams.[23] Subsequently, third-placed team Than Quang Ninh were omitted from V-League competitions, after loss of their main sponsor and other financial difficulties.[24] Nam Dinh, who were fourth at the time of the suspension, should be given the AFC Cup slot but declined.

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows.

As the World Cup takes place between 21 November and 18 December,[25] the tournament will commence in April and conclude in late October 2022.

Stage Round Draw dates Match dates
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 17 January 2022 5 April 2022 (S)
Preliminary round 2 12 April 2022 (S)
Play-off stage Play-off round 19 April 2022 (S, E)
Group stage Matchday 1 18 May 2022 (W, S), 24 June 2022 (C, A, E)
Matchday 2 21 May 2022 (W, S), 27 June 2022 (C, A, E)
Matchday 3 24 May 2022 (W, S), 30 June 2022 (C, A, E)
Knockout stage Zonal semi-finals 9–10 August 2022 (A), 5–6 September 2022 (W)
Zonal finals TBD 16–17 August 2022 (C)
23–24 August 2022 (A), 4 October 2022 (W)
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 6–7 September 2022
Inter-zone play-off final 5 October 2022
Final 22 October 2022
Notes
  • W: West Asia Zone
  • S: South Asia Zone
  • C: Central Asia Zone
  • A: ASEAN Zone
  • E: East Asia Zone

The original schedule of the competition was as follows.

Original schedule for 2022 AFC Cup
Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 No draw TBA
Preliminary round 2 11–12 January 2022 (W, A); 15–16 February 2022 (S, C, E)
Play-off stage Play-off round 18–19 January 2022 (W, A); 1–2 March 2022 (S, C, E)
Group stage Matchday 1 TBA 14–16 February 2022 (W, A); 15–16 March 2022 (S, C, E)
Matchday 2 28 February – 2 March 2022 (W, A); 5–6 April 2022 (S, C, E)
Matchday 3 14–16 March 2022 (W, A); 12–13 April 2022 (S, C, E)
Matchday 4 4–6 April 2022 (W, A); 3–4 May 2022 (S, C, E)
Matchday 5 11–13 April 2022 (W, A); 17–18 May 2022 (S, C, E)
Matchday 6 3–4 May 2022 (W, A); 24–25 May 2022 (S, C, E)
Knockout stage Zonal semi-finals 16–17 May 2022 (W) 23–24 May 2022 (W)
24–25 May 2022 (A)
Zonal finals TBA 6 September 2022 (W)
TBD (S, C, E if two groups)
13 September 2021 (W)
TBD (S, C, E if two groups)
2–3 August 2022 (A)
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 16–17 August 2022 23–24 August 2022
Inter-zone play-off final 7 September 2022 14 September 2022
Final 15 October 2022

Qualifying play-offsEdit

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.[26] The bracket of the qualifying play-offs for each zone was determined based on each team's association ranking, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. The three winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 36 direct entrants.

Preliminary round 1Edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
South Asia Zone
Machhindra   1–2   Blue Star
Valencia   2–1 (a.e.t.)   Paro

Preliminary round 2Edit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
South Asia Zone
ATK Mohun Bagan   5–0   Blue Star
Abahani Limited Dhaka   Cancelled[note 1]   Valencia

Play-off roundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
South Asia Zone
ATK Mohun Bagan   3–1   Abahani Limited Dhaka
Team 1  Score  Team 2
ASEAN Zone
Visakha FC   Cancelled[note 2]   Young Elephants
Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Zone
Lee Man   2–1   Athletic 220

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 17 January 2022 at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 39 teams were drawn into nine groups of four and one group of three (in the Central Asia Zone): three groups each in the West Asia Zone (Groups A–C) and the ASEAN Zone (Groups G–I), two groups in the Central Asia Zone (Groups E–F), and one group each in the South Asia Zone (Group D) and the East Asia Zone (Group J). For each zone, teams were seeded into four pots and drawn into the relevant positions within each group, based on their association ranking and their seeding within their association, in consideration of technical balance between groups. Teams from the same association in zones with more than one group (West Asia Zone, Central Asia Zone, and ASEAN Zone) could not be drawn into the same group.

In the group stage, each group is played on a single round-robin basis in centralised venues. The following teams will advance to the knockout stage:

  • The winners of each group and the best runners-up in the West Asia Zone and the ASEAN Zone advance to the Zonal semi-finals.
  • The winners of each group in the Central Asia Zone advance to the Zonal finals.
  • The winners of each group in the South Asia Zone and the East Asia Zone advance to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEB KSC JAB ANS
1   Al-Seeb (H) 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Zonal semi-finals 1–0
2   Al-Kuwait 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5 2–1
3   Jableh 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 0–0 1–0
4   Al-Ansar 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1 0–4 1–1
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARA RIF DHO SAK
1   Al-Arabi (H) 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7 Zonal semi-finals 1–0
2   Al-Riffa 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 6 2–3 3–1
3   Dhofar 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4 1–1 2–3
4   Shabab Al-Khalil 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0 0–3
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EAR TIS NEJ HAQ
1   East Riffa (H) 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5 Zonal semi-finals 2–0 2–2
2   Tishreen 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4[a] 3–1 0–0
3   Nejmeh 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a] 1–1
4   Hilal Al-Quds 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2 0–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Tishreen 3, Nejmeh 0.

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AMB BSK MAZ GOK
1   ATK Mohun Bagan (H) 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5 6[a] Inter-zone play-off semi-finals 4–0
2   Bashundhara Kings 3 2 0 1 3 5 −2 6[a] 1–0
3   Maziya 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3[b] 2–5 1–0
4   Gokulam Kerala 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3[b] 4–2 1–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: ATK Mohun Bagan 3, Bashundhara Kings 0.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Maziya 3, Gokulam Kerala 0.

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SOG ALT CPD NEF
1   Sogdiana Jizzakh 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 Zonal finals 30 Jun 2–0
2   Altyn Asyr 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 1–1
3   CSKA Pamir Dushanbe (H, E) 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 2–3 30 Jun
4   Neftchi (E) 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
(E) Eliminated; (H) Host

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KHU KPD DOR
1   Khujand 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Zonal finals 30 Jun
2   Köpetdag (E) 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3 1–3
3   Dordoi (H) 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
(E) Eliminated; (H) Host

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIS BAL KED KAY
1   Visakha FC 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6 Zonal semi-finals 5–2
2   Bali United (H, Y) 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3 Possible Zonal semi-finals 2–0
3   Kedah Darul Aman 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3 30 Jun 4–1
4   Kaya F.C.–Iloilo (E) 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0 1–2 30 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
(E) Eliminated; (H) Host; (Y) Cannot win group, may still advance as best runners-up

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSM KLC TAM
1   PSM Makassar (X) 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 Zonal semi-finals 0–0
2   Kuala Lumpur City (H) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Possible Zonal semi-finals 30 Jun
3   Tampines Rovers (Y) 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 1–3
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
(H) Host; (X) Assured of a top two finish; (Y) Cannot win group, may still advance as best runners-up

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIE HOU PPC YEL
1   Viettel (H, X) 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Zonal semi-finals 30 Jun 5–1
2   Hougang United (X) 2 2 0 0 7 4 +3 6 Possible Zonal semi-finals 4–3
3   Phnom Penh Crown (E) 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0 0–1 30 Jun
4   Young Elephants (E) 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 0 1–3
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
(E) Eliminated; (H) Host; (X) Assured of a top two finish

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification EAS LEE TNC CPK
1   Eastern 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Inter-zone play-off semi-finals Canc.
2   Lee Man 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3 1–3 Canc.
3   Tainan City 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 30 Jun 1–3
4   MUST CPK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[27] Canc.
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC

Ranking of runner-up teamsEdit

West Asia ZoneEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B   Al-Riffa 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2 6 Zonal semi-finals
2 A   Al-Kuwait 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3 C   Tishreen 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Disciplinary points; 5) Drawing of lots.

ASEAN ZoneEdit

Due to Group H having only three teams, the results against the fourth-placed teams in Groups G and I will be omitted for this ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 I   Hougang United 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1 3 Zonal semi-finals
2 G   Bali United 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1 3
3 H   Kuala Lumpur City 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 June 2022. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Disciplinary points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, the 12 teams will play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie will be played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, except the ASEAN zonal semi-finals, the ASEAN zonal finals, and the final which will be played as a single match. The away goals rule (for two-legged ties), extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out will be used to decide the winners if necessary (Regulations Article 9.3 and 10.1).

BracketEdit

The bracket will be decided after the draw for the Zonal finals and the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.


Zonal semi-finalsEdit

The West Asia Zonal semi-finals will be played over two legs, while the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals will be played over one leg, with the order of legs (West Asia Zone) or home team (ASEAN Zone) determined by the following tables based on which group runners-up qualify. If a group winner plays a group runner-up, the group winner hosts the second leg (West Asia Zone) or the match (ASEAN Zone). If two group winners play each other, one of the group winner (whose group runner-up qualify) hosts the second leg (West Asia Zone) or the match (ASEAN Zone).

ASEAN Zone
  • If the best runner-up is from Group G
    • ASF1: Group G winners vs. Group I winners
    • ASF2: Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up
  • If the best runner-up is from Group H
    • ASF1: Group H winners vs. Group G winners
    • ASF2: Group I winners vs. Group H runners-up
  • If the best runner-up is from Group I
    • ASF1: Group I winners vs. Group H winners
    • ASF2: Group G winners vs. Group I runners-up
Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Al-Arabi   5 Sep (West Asia SF1)   Al-Seeb
East Riffa   6 Sep (West Asia SF2)   Al-Riffa
Team 1  Score  Team 2
ASEAN Zone
9 Aug (ASEAN SF1)
10 Aug (ASEAN SF2)

Zonal finalsEdit

The West Asia and Central Asia Zonal finals will be played over two legs, while the ASEAN Zonal final will be played over one leg, with the order of legs (West Asia Zone and Central Asia Zone) or home team (ASEAN Zone) decided by draw. The winners of the West Asia Zonal final advanced to the final, while the winners of the Central Asia Zonal final and ASEAN Zonal final advanced to the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals.

Teams to be drawn
Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
4 Oct (West Asia F)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Central Asia Zone
16 or 17 Aug (Central Asia F)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
ASEAN Zone
23 or 24 Aug (ASEAN F)

Inter-zone play-off semi-finalsEdit

In the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals, the four zonal winners other than the West Asia Zone play in two ties, i.e., the winners of the South Asia Zone (Group D), the winners of the East Asia Zone (Group J), the winners of the Central Zonal final, and the winners of the ASEAN Zonal final, with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw, without any seeding.

Teams to be drawn
  •   ATK Mohun Bagan
  •   Winners of Central Zonal final
  •   Winners of ASEAN Zonal final
  •   Group J winners
Team 1  Score  Team 2
6 Sep (Inter-zone SF1)
7 Sep (Inter-zone SF2)

Inter-zone play-off finalEdit

In the Inter-zone play-off final, the two winners of the Inter-zone play-off semi-finals play each other, with the order of legs determined by the Inter-zone play-off semi-final draw. The winners of the Inter-zone play-off final advance to the final.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Winners of Inter-zone play-off SF 1 5 Oct (Inter-zone F) Winners of Inter-zone play-off SF 2

FinalEdit

The final will be played over one leg, between the winners of the West Asia Zonal final and the winners of the Inter-zone play-off final.

Top scorersEdit

As of 24 June 2022
  Team eliminated / inactive for this round.
  Player is not in the team but team still active for this round.
Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 ZSF ZF ISF IF F Total
1   Liston Colaco   ATK Mohun Bagan 1 3 4
2   Kamil Al-Aswad   Al-Riffa 2 1 3
  Ablaye Mbengue   Al-Arabi 1 1 1
  Pedro Paulo   Viettel 3
5   Khalid Al-Braiki   Al-Seeb 2 2
  Eid Al-Farsi   Al-Seeb 1 1
  Omar Al-Malki   Dhofar 1 1
  Ali Alaaeddine   Nejmeh 1 1
  Víctor Bertomeu   Eastern 2
  Hashim Sayed Isa   Al-Riffa 1 1
  Joni Kauko   ATK Mohun Bagan 2
  Taha Yassine Khenissi   Al-Kuwait 1 1
  Luka Majcen   Gokulam Kerala 2
  Mohammed Maraaba   Hilal Al-Quds 2
  Nuha Marong   Bashundhara Kings 1 1
  Tana   Maziya 2
  Daler Yodgorov   Khujand 2

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference PR2/South was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference PO/ASEAN was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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