Yesterday I attended the draw for the AFC Futsal Club Championship here in Bangkok. Thai national champion Chonburi Bluewave is the organisor and thus placed as number one in group A. The draw worked out not so well for Chonburi Bluewave as they will face the two strongest opponents; Nagoya Oceans from Japan placed second in their group and Tasisat Daryaei from Iran placed first in group B.
From the website www.the-afc.com:
Bangkok: Twelve AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2016 hopefuls learned their opponents on Friday when the draw for July’s competition was held in the Thai capital.
Tasisat Daryaei FSC (Iran – holders), Sanna Khanh HOA FC (Vietnam), Nafit Al-Wasat (Iraq), Nagoya Oceans (Japan), Al Mayadeen FC (Lebanon), Al Sadd SC (Qatar), Chonburi Bluewave (Thailand – hosts), Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC (China), FC Almalyk (Uzbekistan), Dibba Al Hissin SCC (UAE), Vic Vipers FC (Australia) and Taipower FC (Chinese Taipei)
Group A: A1 Chonburi Bluewave A2 Nagoya Oceans A3 Vic Vipers FC
Group B: B1 Tasisat Daryaei FSC B2 Al Mayadeen FC B3 FC Almalyk
Group C: C1 Nafit Al-Wasat C2 Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC C3 Dibba Al Hissin SCC
Group D: D1 Sanna Khanh HOA FC D2 Al Sadd SC D3 Taipower FC
Each group will play a one-round league, from which the top two teams in each group (eight teams in total) will qualify for the knockout stage (quarter-finals).
The four winners of the quarter-finals will qualify for the semi-finals. The losers of those semi-finals will face each other in the 3rd/4th placing, while the winners of the semi-finals will advance to the final