AFC Champions League
FIFA Region
AFC
Season
2021
Location
Asia/Australia
Abbreviation
AFCCL

Summary

The 2021 AFC Champions League (AFCCL) is Asia's premier club football tournament where 52 top premier league/1st division club teams from 23 eligible AFC F/As (football associations) are represented. The 2021 winner will play in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup.

The 2021 AFCCL Team Allocation table details club team slots earned by each F/A for the 2021 AFCCL. Overall F/A rankings are based on the AFC F/A Rankings published on 29 November 2019.

Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR1) is the defending AFCCL champion.

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2021 AFCCL Team Allocation
 AFCAFCCL Stage
F/ARankGroupPlayoffPrelim
China PR1310
Qatar2310
Japan3310
Saudi Arabia4310
Korea Republic5220
Iran6310
United Arab Emirates7220
Thailand8220
Iraq9120
Uzbekistan10110
Australia11102
Jordan12100
Philippines13101
India15100
Vietnam16100
Tajikistan17100
Malaysia18100
Singapore19100
Hong Kong23100
Myanmar27001

Competition Structure

Stage# TeamsNew Teams Entering This RoundTeams From Previous RoundFormat
Preliminary Round42 teams each from Australia, 1 team each from Myanmar and the Philipines 2 Knockout matches, most goals advance
Playoff162 teams each from Iraq, Korea Republic, Thailand, and UAE; 1 team each from Australia, China PR, Iran, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan1 winner from Preliminary Round8 Knockout matches, most goals advance
Group403 teams each from Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand; 2 teams each from China PR and UAE; 1 team each from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam8 winners from Playoff stage10 groups of 4 with Home/Away matches (played at centralized venues) against each team in group, top team in each group and the three best 2nd place teams from the East and West Regions advance
Round of 1616None8 group winners, 8 group runners-up8 sets of Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances
Quarterfinals8None8 winners from Round of 164 sets of Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances
Semifinals4None4 winners from Quarterfinals2 sets of Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances
Final2None2 winners from Semifinals1 match played at a neutral site

Group Stage

 Group ALeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh) 63 -2-111-117431 -2-0553232 -0-16642
2FK Istiqlol 63 -1-210-108231 -1-1453232 -0-16550
3FK AGMK 62 -1-37-913-431 -0-2347-331 -1-1456-1
4Shabab Al Ahli Club 61 -2-35-46-231 -0-2334-130 -2-1212-1
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
15.04.21FK Istiqlol 00 Shabab Al Ahli ClubKing Fahd International Stadium
 Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh) 22 FK AGMKPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
18.04.21Shabab Al Ahli Club 02 Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh)Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 FK AGMK 23 FK IstiqlolKing Fahd International Stadium
21.04.21Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh) 31 FK IstiqlolPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 FK AGMK 21 Shabab Al Ahli ClubKing Fahd International Stadium
24.04.21FK Istiqlol 41 Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh)Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 Shabab Al Ahli Club 31 FK AGMKKing Fahd International Stadium
27.04.21Shabab Al Ahli Club 01 FK IstiqlolKing Fahd International Stadium
 FK AGMK 03 Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh)Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
30.04.21Al-Hilal FC (Riyadh) 00 Shabab Al Ahli ClubPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 FK Istiqlol 12 FK AGMKKing Fahd International Stadium
 Group BLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Sharjah FC 63 -2-111-96332 -0-1653231 -2-05431
2Tractor Sazi Tabriz FC 62 -4-010-63331 -2-0510131 -2-05532
3Pakhtakor Tashkent FK 61 -4-17-68-231 -2-0554130 -2-1214-3
4Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 60 -2-42-26-430 -2-1223-130 -0-3003-3
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
 Sharjah FC 10 Al-Quwa Al-JawiyaSharjah Stadium
17.04.21Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 00 Pakhtakor Tashkent FKSharjah Stadium
 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 23 Sharjah FCSharjah Stadium
29.04.21Pakhtakor Tashkent FK 10 Al-Quwa Al-JawiyaSharjah Stadium
 Group CLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Esteghlal FC 63 -2-111-148632 -1-0784431 -1-14642
2Al-Duhail SC 62 -3-19-119232 -1-0774330 -2-1245-1
3Al-Ahli Saudi SFC 62 -3-19-98131 -2-0532131 -1-14660
4Al-Shorta SC 61 -0-53-312-931 -0-2327-530 -0-3015-4
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
15.04.21Al-Duhail SC 20 Al-Shorta SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Esteghlal FC 52 Al-Ahli Saudi SFCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
18.04.21Al-Ahli Saudi SFC 11 Al-Duhail SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Al-Shorta SC 03 Esteghlal FCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
21.04.21Al-Duhail SC 43 Esteghlal FCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Al-Shorta SC 03 Al-Ahli Saudi SFCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
24.04.21Al-Ahli Saudi SFC 21 Al-Shorta SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Esteghlal FC 22 Al-Duhail SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
27.04.21Al-Shorta SC 21 Al-Duhail SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Al-Ahli Saudi SFC 00 Esteghlal FCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
30.04.21Esteghlal FC 10 Al-Shorta SCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Al-Duhail SC 11 Al-Ahli Saudi SFCKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Group DLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Al-Nassr FC 63 -2-111-95432 -0-1663331 -2-05321
2Al-Sadd SC 63 -1-210-97231 -1-1454132 -0-16431
3Al -Wehdat SC 62 -1-37-47-331 -1-1412-131 -0-2335-2
4Foolad Khuzestan FC 61 -2-35-36-331 -1-1422030 -1-2114-3
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
14.04.21Al -Wehdat SC 00 Al-Nassr FCKing Saud University Stadium
 Al-Sadd SC 11 Foolad Khuzestan FCKing Fahd International Stadium
17.04.21Al-Nassr FC 31 Al-Sadd SCKing Saud University Stadium
 Foolad Khuzestan FC 10 Al -Wehdat SCKing Fahd International Stadium
20.04.21Al-Sadd SC 31 Al -Wehdat SCKing Fahd International Stadium
 Foolad Khuzestan FC 11 Al-Nassr FCKing Saud University Stadium
23.04.21Al -Wehdat SC 02 Al-Sadd SCPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 Al-Nassr FC 20 Foolad Khuzestan FCKing Saud University Stadium
26.04.21Al-Nassr FC 12 Al -Wehdat SCKing Saud University Stadium
 Foolad Khuzestan FC 01 Al-Sadd SCPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
29.04.21Al-Sadd SC 12 Al-Nassr FCKing Saud University Stadium
 Al -Wehdat SC 10 Foolad Khuzestan FCPrince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
 Group ELeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Persepolis FC 65 -0-115-145933 -0-0973432 -0-16725
2Al-Wahda FC 64 -1-113-73432 -1-0742232 -0-16312
3FC Goa 60 -3-33-29-730 -1-2106-630 -2-1223-1
4Al-Rayyan SC 60 -2-42-612-630 -1-2125-330 -1-2147-3
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
14.04.21Persepolis FC 10 Al-Wahda FCFatadora Stadium
 FC Goa 00 Al-Rayyan SCFatadora Stadium
17.04.21Al-Wahda FC 00 FC GoaFatadora Stadium
 Al-Rayyan SC 13 Persepolis FCFatadora Stadium
20.04.21Al-Wahda FC 32 Al-Rayyan SCFatadora Stadium
 Persepolis FC 21 FC GoaFatadora Stadium
23.04.21Al-Rayyan SC 01 Al-Wahda FCFatadora Stadium
 FC Goa 04 Persepolis FCFatadora Stadium
26.04.21Al-Wahda FC 10 Persepolis FCFatadora Stadium
 Al-Rayyan SC 11 FC GoaFatadora Stadium
29.04.21Persepolis FC 42 Al-Rayyan SCFatadora Stadium
 FC Goa 02 Al-Wahda FCFatadora Stadium
 Group FLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1BG Pathum United 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
2Ulsan Hyundai FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
3Viettel FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
21.04.21Viettel FC PSPD Ulsan Hyundai FCHang Day Stadium
24.04.21Ulsan Hyundai FC PSPD BG Pathum UnitedUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
27.04.21BG Pathum United PSPD Viettel FCLEO Stadium
30.04.21Viettel FC PSPD BG Pathum UnitedHang Day Stadium
 Group GLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Johor Darul Ta'zim 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
2Nagoya Grampus Eight 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
3Pohang Steelers 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
4Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
20.04.21Johor Darul Ta'zim PSPD Nagoya Grampus EightSultan Ibrahim Stadium
23.04.21Nagoya Grampus Eight PSPD Pohang SteelersToyota Stadium (Toyota)
26.04.21Pohang Steelers PSPD Johor Darul Ta'zimPohang Steel Yard
29.04.21Johor Darul Ta'zim PSPD Pohang SteelersSultan Ibrahim Stadium
02.05.21Nagoya Grampus Eight PSPD Johor Darul Ta'zimToyota Stadium (Toyota)
 Group HLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Gamba Osaka 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
2Jeonbuk Motors 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
3Sydney FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
4Tampines Rovers FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
21.04.21Jeonbuk Motors PSPD Sydney FCJeonju World Cup Stadium
 Tampines Rovers FC PSPD Gamba OsakaTampines Stadium
24.04.21Sydney FC PSPD Tampines Rovers FCNetstrata Jubilee Stadium
 Gamba Osaka PSPD Jeonbuk MotorsPanasonic Stadium Suita
27.04.21Sydney FC PSPD Gamba OsakaNetstrata Jubilee Stadium
 Jeonbuk Motors PSPD Tampines Rovers FCJeonju World Cup Stadium
30.04.21Gamba Osaka PSPD Sydney FCPanasonic Stadium Suita
 Group ILeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Beijing Guoan FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
2Ceres–Negros FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
3Kawasaki Frontale 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
20.04.21Ceres–Negros FC PSPD Beijing Guoan FCPanaad Stadium
23.04.21Beijing Guoan FC PSPD Kawasaki FrontaleWorkers Stadium
26.04.21Kawasaki Frontale PSPD Ceres–Negros FCTodoroki Athletics Stadium
29.04.21Ceres–Negros FC PSPD Kawasaki FrontalePanaad Stadium
02.05.21Beijing Guoan FC PSPD Ceres–Negros FCWorkers Stadium
 Group JLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Guangzhou FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
2Kitchee SC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
3Port FC 00 -0-00-00000 -0-0000000 -0-00000
Round of 16
Possible Round of 16
DateHome Status RoadVenue
21.04.21Kitchee SC PSPD Port FCMong Kok Stadium
24.04.21Port FC PSPD Guangzhou FCPAT Stadium
27.04.21Guangzhou FC PSPD Kitchee SCTianhe Stadium
30.04.21Kitchee SC PSPD Guangzhou FCMong Kok Stadium

Playoffs

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Wed - 7 Apr 2021
 Al-Gharafa SC (QAT1) 01 FK AGMK (UZB1)Qatar SC Stadium
 Al-Wahda FC (UAE1) 21 Al Zawra'a SC (IRQ1)Al-Nahyan Stadium
 Al-Wehda Club (KSA1) 11 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (IRQ1)King Abdullah Sports City Stadium (Jeddah)
 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya advances on PKs (3-2) 
Sat - 10 Apr 2021
 Foolad Khuzestan FC (IRN1) 40 Al-Ain FC (UAE1)Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium
Tue - 13 Apr 2021
 Pohang Steelers (KOR1) CANC Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC (THA1)Pohang Steel Yard
Tue - 22 Jun 2021
 Daegu FC (KOR1)   Chiangrai United FC (THA1)

Preliminary Round 1

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Tue - 6 Apr 2021
Sat - 19 Jun 2021
 Brisbane Roar (AUS1)   Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI1)Dolphin Stadium