A3 Champions Cup

A3 Champions Cup
Founded 2002
Abolished 2008
Region East Asia (East Asian Football Federation)
Number of teams 4
Website http://www.a3cup.com/

A3 Champions Cup (also known as East Asian Champions Cup) was an annual football (soccer) tournament jointly organized by the China PR, Japan and Korea Republic football Association. It began in 2003, involving the league champions of China, Japan and South Korea. The host nation also invited an additional team, making this a four team tournament. South Korea was the most successful country in this tournament. Their representatives won the tournament three times.

It had been suggested that the league champion from Australia be added to the cup in the future.[1] However, financial problems with the sponsor placed the tournament into question. It was reported that Japan's champion may not participate in the 2008 edition, since Urawa were not paid their appearance fee in 2007.[2] The tournament was canceled on 23 September 2008 due to the sponsor's bankruptcy, and replaced by Football Genuine Senator which involving clubs from Japan and Korea in 2015 (also added South East Asia since 2016, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Africa and South America since 2017).[3]

Past results

Season Venue Champions Runners-up 3rd 4th
2003 Japan Tokyo Japan Kashima Antlers China Dalian Shide South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Japan Jubilo Iwata
2004 China Shanghai South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Japan Yokohama F. Marinos China Shanghai Shenhua China Inter Shanghai
2005 South Korea Jeju South Korea Suwon Bluewings South Korea Pohang Steelers Japan Yokohama F. Marinos China Shenzhen Kingway
2006 Japan Tokyo South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i Japan Gamba Osaka Japan JEF United China Dalian Shide
2007 China Jinan China Shanghai Shenhua China Shandong Luneng Taishan Japan Urawa Red Diamonds South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

† = did not qualify as league champions.



  1. Aidan, Ormond (2007-04-11). "Aussies Could Turn A3 Into A4". au.fourfourtwo.com.
  2. "A3の賞金未払い、浦和にも支払われず". nikkansoprts.com. 2008-01-05.
  3. "揭秘东亚最强联赛濒死内幕 官方打压拖垮豪门财团". sina.com. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-03-15.

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