2011 AFC Cup
1 March – 29 October 2011|
28+4 (from 15 associations)|
Nasaf Qarshi (1st title)|
363 (3.1 per match)|
684,016 (5,846 per match)|
Ivan Bošković (10 goals)|
The 2011 AFC Cup was the 8th edition of the AFC Cup, a football competition organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for clubs from "developing countries" in Asia. As in previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches with a new Nike Total 90 Tracer model used throughout the season.
Allocation of entries per association
- 2 teams to qualify from each of the following associations:
- 1 team to qualify from each of the following associations:
- 4 invited teams, from the following associations:
- 5 losers from the 2011 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs (including any of the 2010 AFC Cup finalists which fail to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2011 AFC Champions League, and thus directly enter the 2011 AFC Cup)
The following is the list of participants confirmed by the AFC. There were 28 direct entries while 4 teams joined as losers of the 2011 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs.
1 Invited to play in the competition.
2 Al-Qadsia failed to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2011 AFC Champions League, and so directly enter the 2011 AFC Cup.
3 Replaced Al-Ahli (2009–10 Bahrain First Division League champions).
Schedule of dates for 2011 competition.
||7 December 2010
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
|1–2 March 2011|
||15–16 March 2011|
||12–13 April 2011|
||26–27 April 2011|
||3–4 May 2011|
||10–11 May 2011|
||Round of 16
||24–25 May 2011|
||7 June 2011
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
|13 September 2011
||27 September 2011|
||4 October 2011
||18 October 2011|
||29 October 2011 at home of one of the finalists|
The draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December 2010. Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.
- Duhok, Al-Faisaly and Al-Jaish are ranked by their head-to-head records: Duhok (5 pts, +1 GD), Al-Faisaly (5 pts, 0 GD), Al-Jaish (5 pts, −1 GD).
- Al-Ahed, Al-Oruba and Al-Karamah are ranked by their head-to-head records: Al-Ahed (6 pts, +3 GD), Al-Oruba (5 pts, −1 GD), Al-Karamah (5 pts, −2 GD).
Round of 16
Based on the results from the group stage, the matchups of the round of 16 were decided as below. Each tie was played in one match, hosted by the winners of each group (Team 1) against the runners-up of another group (Team 2).
The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 June 2011. In this draw, the "country protection" rule was applied: if there are exactly two clubs from the same country, they may not face each other in the quarter-finals; however, if there are more than two clubs from the same country, they may face each other in the quarter-finals.
The final of the 2011 AFC Cup was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by draw.