|Current champions||Al-Ahed (1st title)|
|Number of teams||36|
|Most successful club|| Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya|
(3 titles each)
The AFC Cup is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Under its current rules, the competition is played primarily between clubs from nations that did not receive direct qualifying slots in the top-tier AFC Champions League, based on the AFC Club Competitions Ranking.
Al-Kuwait and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles each. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became one of the finalists and became champions. Al-Ahed are the current champions after defeating April 25 Sports Club in the 2019 final.
The AFC Cup began in 2004 as a second tier competition to relate back to the AFC Champions League as 14 countries that had developing status competed in the first competition with 18 teams being nominated. Group A, B, C had West and Central Asian teams while the other two groups had east and South East Asia. The winners and three runners-up would then head to the knock-out stage where it was a random draw in who was going to play. Al-Jaish took the first AFC Cup after they defeated fellow Syrian opponents Al-Wahda on away goals.
In 2005, 18 teams competed from nine nations with the nations still being allowed to choose from one or two teams entering. After Syrian teams left the AFC Cup to try at the Champions League for four years, Al-Faisaly defeated Nejmeh in the final. With it, Jordanian teams would win the next two AFC Cup seasons with Bahrain joining the league while Bangladesh was relegated to the AFC President's Cup until the tournament's abolition in 2014.
Al-Muharraq would break the trend in 2008 as they competed in the last two-legged final before it headed back into a one-leg system which still runs to this day.
Results and statistics
|FA Cup seasons|
|FA Cup finals|
|AFC Cup winners|
2004: Al-Jaish • 2005: Al-Faisaly • 2006: Al-Faisaly • 2007: Shabab Al-Ordon • 2008: Al-Muharraq • 2009: Al-Kuwait • 2010: Al-Ittihad • 2011: Nasaf Qarshi • 2012: Al-Kuwait • 2013: Al-Kuwait • 2014: Al-Qadsia • 2015: Johor Darul Ta'zim • 2016: Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya • 2017: Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya • 2018: Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya • 2019: Al-Ahed •
|International club football|
|North America, Central America and the Caribbean|