How if AFC Club Ranking is used in ACL Group Stage Draw ?

All teams in 2019 ACL group stage has been confirmed. The groups has been set in the draw in November 2018. At the time, the draw was held without knowing the identity of teams advanced from play-offs. In this post, we simulate how if AFC adopt draw mechanisms used by UEFA in UCL and UEL for AFC Champions League. UEFA held their group stage draw after all teams qualified for group stage has been known.

The Seeding

We divide the teams by their region, West and East. In each region, there will be four pots containing four teams. We used AFC Club Ranking 2018 to seed the teams.

West Region

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Al Duhail (QAT)
Al Ahli (KSA)Lokomotiv (UZB)Pakhtakor (UZB)
Al Ain (UAE)Al Sadd (QAT)Al Rayyan (QAT)Al Ittihad (KSA)
Al Hilal (KSA)Zob Ahan (IRN) Al Wahda (UAE)Al Zawraa (IRQ)
Persepolis (IRN)Esteghlal (IRN)Al Nassr (KSA)Al Wasl (UAE)

East Region

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN)
Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)
Sydney FC (AUS)
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) Shandong Luneng (CHN) Buriram United (THA) Sanfrecce Hiroshima (JPN)
Shanghai SIPG (CHN) Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS) Beijing Guoan (CHN) Gyeongnam FC (KOR)
Kashima Antlers (JPN) Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) Melbourne Victory (AUS) Daegu FC (KOR)

The Grouping

We also simulate the group stage draw if the seeding above is used. There may not be more than one teams from the same country in each group.

West Region

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Al Ain (UAE)Al Duhail (QAT)Al Hilal (KSA)Persepolis (IRN)
Zob Ahan (IRN)Al Ahli (KSA)Esteghlal (IRN)Al Sadd (QAT)
Lokomotiv (UZB)Al Wahda (UAE)Al Rayyan (QAT)Al Nassr (KSA)
Al Ittihad (KSA)Al Zawraa (IRQ)Pakhtakor (UZB)Al Wasl (UAE)

East Region

Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN)Shanghai SIPG (CHN)Kashima Antlers (JPN)Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR)
Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)Shandong Luneng (CHN)Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Buriram United (THA)Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)Melbourne Victory (AUS)Beijing Guoan (CHN)
Daegu FC (KOR)Sanfrecce Hiroshima (JPN)Gyeongnam FC (KOR)Sydney FC (AUS)

What do you think if AFC used Club Ranking for the draw?

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