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,… Read more How if AFC Club Ranking is used in ACL Group Stage Draw ? →
Second preliminary stage of 2019 AFC Champions League will be played on 12 February. 16 clubs will hope to advance to the play-off round. From eight matches that will be played, seven of them will be the first ever match between the clubs. Here are the short preview from us : Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan) vs Al Quwa Al Jawiya (Iraq) This will be the first time an Iraqi club play in AFC Champions League since 2014, which saw Al Shorta defeated by Al Kuwait 0-1. This also will be Al Quwa… Read more 2019 AFC Champions League Second Preliminary Stage : Records and Statistics Preview →
Asian Cup 2019 gives some major changes to the FIFA World Rankings for AFC countries. Countries like Japan, South Korea, and Qatar has increased their rank by more than 10 spots. While countries like Syria, Turkmenistan, and North Korea will see their rank dropped by more than 8 spots. More or less, results in Asian Cup 2019 will shape how each country will be seeded for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. AFC hasn’t officialy announced the qualification system. But based on the schedule, we assumed that the system will be… Read more Seeding for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) →
With completion of 2017 AFC club competitions today, 2017 AFC Club Competitions Ranking should be published by AFC soon. This ranking will be used by AFC to determine which member associations (MA) are eligible for AFC Champions League and AFC Cup in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. How are the slots allocated? Are the slot allocation for each MA fixed?