2016 AFC Champions League Teams

West Zone

Team Qualifying method App Last App
Group stage direct entrants (Groups A–D)
 Al-Nassr 2014–15 Saudi Professional Leaguechampions 3rd 2015
 Al-Hilal 2015 King Cup winners
2014–15 Saudi Professional League 3rd place
12th 2015
 Al-Ahli 2014–15 Saudi Professional Leaguerunners-up 8th 2015
 Sepahan 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro Leaguechampions 11th 2014
 Zob Ahan 2014–15 Hazfi Cup winners 5th 2012
 Tractor Sazi 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League runners-up 4th 2015
 Pakhtakor 2015 Uzbek League champions 13th 2015
 Nasaf Qarshi 2015 Uzbekistan Cup winners
2015 Uzbek League 3rd place
4th 2015
 Lokomotiv Tashkent 2015 Uzbek League runners-up 4th 2015
 Al-Ain 2014–15 Arabian Gulf League champions 11th 2015
 Al-Nasr 2014–15 UAE President's Cup winners 3rd 2013
 Lekhwiya 2014–15 Qatar Stars League champions 5th 2015
Qualifying play-off participants
Entering in play-off round
 Al-Ittihad 2014–15 Saudi Professional League 4th place 10th 2014
 Naft Tehran 2014–15 Persian Gulf Pro League 3rd place 2nd 2015
 Bunyodkor 2015 Uzbek League 4th place 9th 2015
 Al-Jazira 2014–15 Arabian Gulf League runners-up 8th 2015
 Al-Shabab 2014–15 Arabian Gulf League 3rd place 4th 2013
 Al-Sadd 2015 Emir of Qatar Cup winners
2014–15 Qatar Stars League runners-up
11th 2015
 El Jaish 2014–15 Qatar Stars League 3rd place 4th 2015
Al-Wehdat 2014–15 Jordan League champions 3rd 2015

East Zone

Team Qualifying method App Last App
Group stage direct entrants (Groups E–H)
 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2015 K League Classic champions 10th 2015
 FC Seoul 2015 Korean FA Cup winners 6th 2015
 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2015 K League Classic runners-up 7th 2015
 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2015 J1 League champions 4th 2014
  2015 Emperor's Cup winners or2015 J1 League runners-up    
 Gamba Osaka
or Urawa Red Diamonds
2015 J1 League runners-up or 3rd place 8th
/5th
2015
/2015
 Melbourne Victory 2014–15 A-League premiers
2015 A-League Grand Finalwinners
5th 2014
 Sydney FC 2014–15 A-League regular season runners-up 3rd 2011
 Guangzhou Evergrande 2015 Chinese Super Leaguechampions 5th 2015
 Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty 2015 Chinese FA Cup winners 2nd 2013
 Buriram United 2015 Thai Premier Leaguechampions
or 2015 Thai FA Cup winners
6th 2015
 Becamex Bình Dương 2015 V.League 1 champions
2015 Vietnamese Cup winners
3rd 2015
Qualifying play-off participants
Entering in play-off round
 Pohang Steelers 2015 K League Classic 3rd place 7th 2014
 Urawa Red Diamonds
or F.C. Tokyo
2015 J1 League 3rd place or 4th place 5th
/2nd
2015
/2012
 Adelaide United 2014–15 A-League regular season 3rd place 5th 2012
 Shanghai SIPG 2015 Chinese Super Leaguerunners-up 1st none
Entering in preliminary round 2
 Shandong Luneng Taishan 2015 Chinese Super League 3rd place 8th 2015
 Muangthong United 2015 Thai Premier Leaguerunners-up
or 2015 Thai FA Cup winners
5th 2014
 Suphanburi 2015 Thai Premier League 3rd place 1st none
 Hà Nội T&T 2015 V.League 1 runners-up 3rd 2015
Kitchee 2014–15 Hong Kong Premier League champions 2nd 2015
Yangon United 2015 Myanmar National Leaguechampions 1st none
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2015 Malaysia Super Leaguechampions 2nd 2015
Entering in preliminary round 1
Mohun Bagan 2014–15 I-League champions 2nd 2002–03
Tampines Rovers 2015 S.League runners-up 2nd 2014

2015 West Asia Zone Teams

 
Team Qualifying method App Last App
Group stage direct entrants (Groups A–D)
Al-Nassr 2013–14 Saudi Professional Leaguechampions 2nd 2011
Al-Shabab 2014 King Cup of Champions winners 9th 2014
Al-Hilal 2013–14 Saudi Professional Leaguerunners-up 11th 2014
Foolad 2013–14 Iran Pro League champions 3rd 2014
Tractor Sazi 2013–14 Hazfi Cup winners 3rd 2014
Persepolis 2013–14 Iran Pro League runners-up 5th 2012
Pakhtakor 2014 Uzbek League champions 12th 2013
Lokomotiv Tashkent 2014 Uzbekistan Cup winners
2014 Uzbek League runners-up
3rd 2014
Nasaf Qarshi 2014 Uzbek League 3rd place 3rd 2014
Al-Ahli 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League champions 6th 2014
Al-Ain 2013–14 UAE President's Cup winners 10th 2014
Lekhwiya 2013–14 Qatar Stars League champions 4th 2014
Qualifying play-off participants
Entering in play-off round
Al-Ahli 2013–14 Saudi Professional League 3rd place 7th 2013
Naft Tehran 2013–14 Iran Pro League 3rd place 1st none
Bunyodkor 2014 Uzbek League 4th place 8th 2014
Al-Wahda 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League runners-up 7th 2011
Al-Jazira 2013–14 Arabian Gulf League 3rd place 7th 2014
Entering in preliminary round 2
Al-Sadd 2014 Emir of Qatar Cup winners 10th 2014
El Jaish 2013–14 Qatar Stars League runners-up 3rd 2014
Al-Qadsia 2013–14 Kuwaiti Premier Leaguechampions 5th 2014
Al-Wehdat 2013–14 Jordan League champions 2nd 2002–03
Al-Nahda 2013–14 Oman Professional Leaguechampions 1st none
Riffa 2013–14 Bahrain First Division Leaguechampions 2nd 2004

East Asia Zone Teams

Team Qualifying method App Last App
Group stage direct entrants (Groups E–H)
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2014 K League Classic champions 9th 2014
Seongnam FC 2014 Korean FA Cup winners 6th 2012
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2014 K League Classic runners-up 6th 2013
Gamba Osaka 2014 J. League Division 1champions
2014 Emperor's Cup winners
7th 2012
Urawa Red Diamonds 2014 J. League Division 1 runners-up 4th 2013
Kashima Antlers 2014 J. League Division 1 3rd place 6th 2011
Brisbane Roar 2013–14 A-League premiers
2014 A-League Grand Finalwinners
3rd 2013
Western Sydney Wanderers 2013–14 A-League regular season runners-up 2nd 2014
Guangzhou Evergrande 2014 Chinese Super Leaguechampions 4th 2014
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2014 Chinese FA Cup winners 7th 2014
Buriram United 2014 Thai Premier Leaguechampions 5th 2014
Becamex Bình Dương 2014 V.League 1 champions 2nd 2008
Qualifying play-off participants
Entering in play-off round
FC Seoul 2014 K League Classic 3rd place 5th 2014
Kashiwa Reysol 2014 J. League Division 1 4th place 3rd 2013
Central Coast Mariners 2013–14 A-League regular season 3rd place 5th 2014
Beijing Guoan 2014 Chinese Super Leaguerunners-up 7th 2014
Entering in preliminary round 2
Guangzhou R&F 2014 Chinese Super League 3rd place 1st none
Bangkok Glass 2014 Thai FA Cup winners 4th 2008
Chonburi 2014 Thai Premier League runners-up 4th 2014
Hà Nội T&T 2014 V.League 1 runners-up 2nd 2014
Persib Bandung 2014 Indonesia Super Leaguechampions 1st none
Kitchee 2013–14 Hong Kong First Division League champions 1st none
Entering in preliminary round 1
Yadanarbon 2014 Myanmar National Leaguechampions 1st none
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2014 Malaysia Super Leaguechampions 1st none
Bengaluru 2013–14 I-League champions 1st none
Warriors 2014 S.League champions 3rd 2010