AFC Cup winners list, Champions in history

May 15, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

AFC Cup winners list, Asian AFC Cup Champions in history.


AFC Cup is the second-tier continental club football tournament held annually and has notable winners in the past and present.


The AFC Cup is a Competition key focus on clubs that failed to cut in terms of qualifying for the AFC Champions League.


The Competition is the second club tournament contested by teams from the Asian continent excluding Israel who had to join UEFA after years of participation in AFC Club Competitions.


The winner of the AFC Cup alongside the AFC Champions League winners becomes eligible to play the AFC Super Cup the following year.


Since the start of the competition in 2004, Al-Kuwait SC and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful teams with three titles respectively.


In terms of wins by nation, Kuwait standouts as the most successful nation with four titles as clubs from the country have been the most successful sides in Competition history.

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The winner of the AFC Champions League pockets about $1.5 million while the runners up receive $750,000.


Al-Jaish won the inaugural edition of the Competition in 2004, beating Al-Wahda on away goals rule in the two-legged final.


Most successful teams in the AFC CupĀ 



Titles – 3

Al-Kuwait is the most successful team alongside Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya with three titles each.


Al-Kuwait flies the country’s flag at the competition with the highest number of wins. The club won its first title in 2009 and achieved back to back wins in 2012 and 2013.


Al-Kuwait also finished as runners up in 2011.


Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

Titles – 3

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya is the most successful team in AFC Cup alongside Al-Kuwait with three titles respectively.


Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya claimed the three titles in style in three consecutive seasons from 2016 to 2018.


Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya has never lost in a final compared to Al-Kuwait.

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Is it the second most successful team in the AFC Cup with two titles. The club did so in grand style, achieving back to back wins in 2005 and 2006.


Kuwaiti teams have enjoyed more victories than any other sides in the continent’s second-tier football competition.


Other teams that have won the AFC Cup at least once

Al-Qadsia 1

Al-Muharraq 1

Al-Jaish 1

Shabab Al-Ordon 1

Al-Ittihad 1

Nasaf Qarshi 1

Johor Darul Ta’zim 1

Al-Ahed 1


AFC Cup winners list, Full list of Champions since 2004


2020 Cancelled

2019 Al-Ahed

2018 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

2017 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

2016 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya

2015 Johor Darul Ta’zim

2014 Al-Qadsia

2013 Al-Kuwait

2012 Al-Kuwait

2011 FC Nasaf

2010 Al-Ittihad

2009 Al-Kuwait

2008 Al-Muharraq

2007 Shabab Al-Ordon

2006 Al-Faisaly

2005 Al-Faisaly

2004 Al-Jaish





Performances by nations


Kuwait 4

Iraq 3

Jordan 3

Syria 2

Lebanon 1

Bahrain 1

Malaysia 1

Uzbekistan 1



The AFC Cup is the second-tier Asian club football tournament held annually and contested by teams that could not qualify for the AFC Champions League.

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The Competition has witnessed different winners since its establishment in 2004.


Format and teams allocation

About 36 teams are selected to participate in the group stage of the Competition.

About 12 teams each from West Asia and ASEAN,

Also, 4 teams each from East Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia).

The final is a one-off affair.



The AFC Cup is the second tier football competition in Asia for clubs that failed to secure direct qualification for the AFC Champions League.


The teams from different nations on the Asian continent are ranked and allocated based on performance in the last four seasons according to Asia Club ranking system.


This article highlights the AFC Cup winners list, Champions in history since its establishment in 2004.


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