Last updated : 23 November 2021

This page shows list of clubs which has qualified for the 2022 season of AFC Champions League and AFC Cup. The country displayed is ordered by their position in the AFC Country Ranking 2019.

In each country, there is a table that listed the club’s name, the qualifying method, and which stage of competition the club will enter. Each club is ordered by the seeding in its country.

The number of clubs from each country is determined by their position in AFC Country Ranking 2019. All clubs listed here must meet licensing requirements to participate in the competition. AFC will announce the final list of licensed clubs, usually in November or December.

This list is updated every Monday and when any club have secured qualification. Please let us know in the comments if there is any incorrect data. Thank you.

1.    China PR
CHN1 : League winners ACL-GS
CHN2 : Cup winners ACL-GS
CHN3 : League runner-up ACL-GS
CHN4 : League third place ACL-PO
League : 14/22 matches, resumes in December
Cup : final on TBD
2.    Qatar
QAT1 : Al Sadd League winners
Cup winners
ACL-GS
QAT2 : Al Duhail League runner-up ACL-GS
QAT3 : Al Rayyan League third place ACL-GS
QAT4 : Al Gharafa League fourth place ACL-PO
3.    Japan
JPN1 : Kawasaki Frontale League winners ACL-GS
JPN2 : Cup winners ACL-GS
JPN3/JPN4 : Yokohama F. Marinos League top-three ACL-GS/ACL-PO
JPN4 : League third place ACL-PO
League : 36/38 matches
Cup : semi-finals on 12 December
final on 19 December
4.    Saudi Arabia
KSA1 : Al Hilal League winners ACL-GS
KSA2 : Al Faisaly Cup winners ACL-GS
KSA3 : Al Shabab League runner-up ACL-GS
KSA4 : Al Ittihad League third place ACL-PO
5.    Korea Republic
KOR1/KOR3 : Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors League top-two ACL-GS/ACL-PO
KOR2 : Cup winners ACL-GS
KOR1/KOR3 : Ulsan Hyundai League top-two ACL-GS/ACL-PO
KOR4 : League third place ACL-PO
League : 36/38 matches
Cup : final on 24 November & 11 December
6.    Islamic Republic of Iran
IRN1 : Persepolis League winners ACL-GS
IRN2 : Foolad Cup winners ACL-GS
IRN3 : Sepahan League runner-up ACL-PO
IRN4 : Esteghlal League third place ACL-PO
7.    United Arab Emirates
UAE1 : Al Jazira League winners ACL-GS
UAE2 : Shabab Al Ahli Cup winners
League third place
ACL-GS
UAE3 : Baniyas League runner-up ACL-PO
UAE4 : Sharjah League fourth place ACL-PO
8.    Thailand
THA1 : BG Pathum United League winners ACL-GS
THA2 : Chiangrai United Cup winners ACL-GS
THA3 : Buriram United League runner-up ACL-PO
THA4 : Port League third place ACL-PO
9.    Iraq
IRQ1 : Al Quwa Al Jawiya League winners
Cup winners
ACL-GS
IRQ2 : Al Zawra’a League runner-up ACL-PO
IRQ3 : Al Shorta League fourth place* ACL-PO
Al Shorta replace Al Najaf (league third place) because they were not granted license.
10.    Uzbekistan
UZB1 : Pakhtakor League winners ACL-GS
UZB2 : Cup winners ACL-PO
AFC Cup-GS
UZB3 : League runner-up standby club
League : 25/26 matches
Cup : semi-finals on 24 November
11.    Australia
AUS1 : Melbourne City Premiership winners ACL-GS
AUS2 : Cup winners ACL-PO
AUS3 : Sydney FC Premiership runner-up ACL-PO
Cup : first round until 7 December
round of 16 until 14 December
12.    Jordan
JOR1 : Al Wehdat League runners-up* ACL-GS
Since Jordan only have 1 licensed teams out of 3 given slots. Their 2 AFC Cup slots will be redistributed
13.    Philippines
PHI1 : United City 2020 League winners ACL-GS
PHI2 : Kaya Iloilo Cup winners
2020 League runner-up
ACL-PO
AFC Cup-GS
The league third place, ADT, were not granted license. Since only the top 50% of the league (three teams) can participate in AFC competitions, their standby club slot will not be used.
14.    DPR Korea
DPR Korea doesn’t implement the club licensing system
15.    India
IND1 : Mumbai City ISL premiers
ISL champions
ACL-GS
IND2 : Gokulam Kerala I-League winners AFC Cup-GS
IND3 : ATK Mohun Bagan ISL league runner-up AFC Cup-PO
16.    Vietnam
VIE1 : Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1st in league after 12 matches ACL-GS
VIE2 : Viettel 2nd in league after 12 matches AFC Cup-GS
VIE3 : Nam Dinh 4th in league after 12 matches* AFC Cup-GS
Nam Dinh replaces Than Quang Ninh (league third place), because they were not granted license
17.    Tajikistan
Tajikistan doesn’t submit the club licensing results
18.    Malaysia
MAS1 : Johor Darul Ta’zim League winners ACL-GS
MAS2 : Cup winners AFC Cup-GS
MAS3 : Kedah Darul Aman League runner-up AFC Cup-GS
Cup : semi-finals on 22 & 26 November
final on 30 November
19.    Singapore
SIN1 : Lion City Sailors League winners ACL-GS
SIN2 : Hougang United League third place AFC Cup-GS
SIN3 : Tampines Rovers League fourth place AFC Cup-GS
Albirex Niigata (league runner-up) is not eligible for AFC competitions due to it being a foreign club.
Because the Singapore Cup is cancelled (Reference), the league third place will take SIN2 slot. The SIN3 slot will be given to the league’s fourth place.
20.    Turkmenistan
TKM1 : League winners ACL-GS
TKM2 : Cup winners AFC Cup-GS
TKM3 : League runner-up AFC Cup-PO
League : 7/14 matches
Cup : semi-finals on 7 December
final on 22 December
21.    Lebanon
Lebanon doesn’t submit the club licensing results
22.    Syria
SYR1 : Al Jaish League runner-up* ACL-GS
SYR2 : Tishreen League winners* AFC Cup-GS
SYR3 : Jableh Cup winners* AFC Cup-GS
Since Al Jaish is the only Syrian club which are granted ACL license, it is moved up into the SYR1 slot. While Tishreen and Jableh move down to SYR2 and SYR3.
23.    Hong Kong
HKG1 : Kitchee League winners ACL-GS
HKG2 : Eastern League runner-up AFC Cup-GS
HKG3 : Lee Man League third place AFC Cup-PO
Because the FA Cup is cancelled (Reference), the league runner-up will take HKG2 slot instead of HKG3. The HKG3 spot then will be given to the league’s third place.
24.    Bahrain
BHR1 : Riffa League winners
Cup winners
AFC Cup-GS
BHR2 : East Riffa League runner-up AFC Cup-GS
2021 AFC Cup champions, Muharraq, were not granted license. So their defending champions slot will be annulled.
25.    Bangladesh
BAN1 : Bashundhara Kings League winners
Cup winners
AFC Cup-GS
BAN2 : Dhaka Abahani League third place* AFC Cup-PO
Dhaka Abahani replaces Sheikh Jamal (league runner-up), because they were not granted license
26.    Maldives
MDV1 : Maziya League winners AFC Cup-GS
MDV2 : Valencia League runners-up AFC Cup-PO
Because the FA Cup is cancelled (Reference), the league runner-up will take MDV2 slot
27.    Myanmar
MYA1 : Shan United 2020 League winners ACL-PO
AFC Cup-GS
MYA2 : Hantharwady United 2020 League runner-up AFC Cup-PO
MYA3 : Ayeyawady United 2020 League third place standby club
28.    Indonesia
IDN1 : League winners AFC Cup-GS
IDN2 : League runner-up AFC Cup-PO
League : 12/34 matches
Because the Piala Indonesia is not held, the league runner-up will take IDN2 slot
29.    Oman
OMA1 : Al Seeb 2020 league winners AFC Cup-GS
OMA2 : Dhofar Cup winners AFC Cup-GS
As the league was cancelled (Reference), the last season’s league winners, Al Seeb, will take the OMA1 slot
30.    Palestine
PLE1 : Shabab Al Khalil League winners AFC Cup-GS
PLE2 : Hilal Al Quds League third place* AFC Cup-GS
As the cup was not held this year, the league third place, Hilal Al Quds, will take PLE2 slot. Hilal Al Quds replace Markaz Balata (league runner-up), because they were not granted license
31.    Cambodia
CAM1 : Phnom Penh Crown League winners AFC Cup-GS
CAM2 : Cup winners AFC Cup-PO
Cup : semi-finals on 22-23 November
32.    Macau
MAC1 : Chao Pak Kei League winners AFC Cup-GS
MAC2 : Benfica de Macau League runner-up* AFC Cup-PO
Cup : final on 26 November
33.    Kyrgyz Republic
KGZ1 : Dordoi League winners AFC Cup-GS
KGZ2 : Neftchi Cup winners AFC Cup-PO
34.    Kuwait
KUW1 : Al Arabi League winners AFC Cup-PO
35.    Laos
LAO1 : Young Elephants 2020 League third place* AFC Cup-PO
Young Elephants replace Chantabouly, because they were not granted license
36.    Nepal
NEP1 : League winners AFC Cup-PO
League : 1/13 matches
37.    Sri Lanka
SRI1 : League winners AFC Cup-PO
League : 3/9 matches, resumes on TBD
38.    Bhutan
BHU1 : Paro League winners AFC Cup-PO
39.    Chinese Taipei
TPE1 : League winners AFC Cup-GS
League : 9/21 matches
40.    Mongolia
MNG1 : Athletic 220 League winners AFC Cup-PO
41.    Afghanistan
Afghanistan doesn’t implement the club licensing system
42.    Yemen
Yemen doesn’t implement the club licensing system
43.    Brunei Darussalam
Brunei doesn’t have clubs which were granted license
44.    Timor-Leste
Timor Leste doesn’t have clubs which were granted license
45.    Guam
Guam doesn’t implement the club licensing system
46.    Pakistan
Pakistan doesn’t implement the club licensing system

ACL Group Stage Seeding

In this section, you can see how the seeding for the ACL group stage will be. The seeding is based on 2021’s seeding rules.

West Region

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Al Sadd (QAT)Al Faisaly (KSA)Pakhtakor (UZB)Al Quwa Al Jawiya (IRQ)
Al Hilal (KSA)Foolad (IRN)Al Wehdat (JOR)PO Winner
Persepolis (IRN)Shabab Al Ahli (UAE)Mumbai City (IND)PO Winner
Al Jazira (UAE)Al Rayyan (QAT)Al Jaish (SYR)PO Winner
Al Duhail (QAT)Al Shabab (KSA)TKM1PO Winner

East Region

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
CHN1JPN2United City (PHI)Melbourne City (AUS)
Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)KOR2Kitchee (HKG)PO Winner
KOR1Chiangrai United (THA)Hoang Anh Gia Lai (VIE)PO Winner
BG Pathum United (THA)CHN3Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)PO Winner
CHN2JPN3Lion City Sailors (THA)PO Winner