AFC Champions League is an Asian premier football club competition, which is organized by Asian Football Confederation. It is same as the below Champions League competitions, which are:
Dates: 27 January – 26 November 2016
Teams : 45 (from 17 associations)
|Schedule||Teams||Tickets||Stadiums||Sponsors||Points Table||Quarter Finals||Semi Finals||Final|
|Group stages||Win: $40,000 & Draw: $20,000||$30,000|
|Round of 16||$50,000||$40,000|
|Final||Champions: $1.5 million & Runners-up: $750,000||$60,000|
|Stage||Round||Draw date||First leg||Second leg|
|Preliminary stage||Preliminary round 1||No draw||27 January 2016|
|Preliminary round 2||2 February 2016|
|Play-off stage||Play-off round||9 February 2016|
|Group stage||Matchday 1||10 December 2015||23–24 February 2016|
|Matchday 2||1–2 March 2016|
|Matchday 3||15–16 March 2016|
|Matchday 4||5–6 April 2016|
|Matchday 5||19–20 April 2016|
|Matchday 6||3–4 May 2016|
|Knock-out stage||Round of 16||17–18 May 2016||24–25 May 2016|
|Quarter-finals||TBA||13–14 September 2016||20–21 September 2016|
|Semi-finals||18–19 October 2016||25–26 October 2016|
|Final||19 November 2016||26 November 2016|
This AFC Champions League was founded in 1967. In this champion league, “Pohang Steelers” is the most successful club because it won the title for 3 times. The head office of AFC is now situated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It consists of 45 clubs compete and one Associate Member Association. In these 45 clubs: 28 clubs receive automatic berths and remaining 18 clubs authorizing for the next round via the qualifying playoffs.
From 2009, the champions will not allow automatically for the next year competition. The winner of the AFC Champions league is also eligible for the FIFA Club World Cup.
For the first time this tournament was initiated as the Asian Champion Club Tournament. The two most winning clubs of this era (1967-1971) were Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv. After the 1971 edition the tournament was not conducted for 14 years because of a lack of professionalism and interest.
In 2016, AFC Champions League is the 35th edition of the high-level Asian club football competition, which is conducted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
AFC President: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
AFC General Secretary: Dato’ Alex Soosay
In Asia, the AFC is important for running football along with its different responsibilities:
AFC Champions league consists of two stages, in which one will be Qualifying play-off and the other is Knockout phase.
In qualifying play-off there will be totally 19 teams that will be drawn together. It will be taken over three single elimination ties because to compete in all the final four sports at the group level stage.
At group stage total of 32 clubs will be divided into 8 groups. While each group consists of 4 clubs which will be based on the region. It is divided as East Asian, South Asian clubs and will be grouped into Groups E to H. While the remaining clubs will be grouped into Groups A to D. Each group will be playing as double round robin formula for total matches of six per team. Points are assigned in this way for clubs that winner group will be earning 3 points, if it is draw then 1 point will be earned and incase of loss 0 points are awarded. As the clubs will be ranked to the points earned so the tie breakers will be in the below mentioned order:
After this winners of eight groups as well as runners- up of eight groups will only be qualified to knockout phase.
Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and final
In 2016 season of AFC champions’ league, the winners as well as runners-up will be playing a two-legged tie that will be determining the club which is in progress to continue in Quarterfinals. These matches will be played by clubs.