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CFA Cup draw released, Beijing derby in Round 2

The CFA Cup draw took place today with the likes of Wei Di, Jose Antonio Camacho, and a number of other Chinese football luminaries in attendance.

This year’s competition features some adjustments from the previous version. This time around the semifinals AND the final will be played over two legs, home and away, saving the CFA from having to name the Bird’s Nest as host for the final or scramble to find a neutral site like last year.

The competition has also been expanded to include a number of third division and even some semi-pro teams. Like last year, the winner of the CFA Cup automatically earns entry into the Asian Champions League.

Round 1 – May 26

Dongguan Nancheng Zibo Xingqi A1
Shanghai Zobon Shandong Jiayi A2
Guizhou Zhicheng Toyota A3
Hebei Zhongji Tongji University A4
Hubei Youth Agricultural Bank A5
Shanxi Laocheng Dalian Longquan A6
Guangdong Youth China Yingli A7
Shandong Youth Wuhan Hongxing A8

Round 2 – June 2, at this point, the China League teams start getting involved, including an interesting Beijing derby match.

Home Road Match
A1 Tianjin Songjiang B1
Shenzhen Ruby Harbin Yiteng B2
Hohhot Dongjin A2 B3
A3 Wuhan Zobon B4
Yanbian FC Chongqing FC B5
Guangzhou Sunray A4 B6
A5 Chongqing Lifan B7
Beijing Baxy B.I.T. B8
Shenyang Shenbei A6 B9
A7 Hunan Willows B10
Shanghai East Asia Fujian Smart Hero B11
Chengdu Blades A8 B12

Round 3 – June 27, this is where the Chinese Super League clubs get involved.

Home Road Match
B1 Shandong Luneng C1
B2 Shanghai Shenhua C2
B3 Changchun Yatai C3
Qingdao Jonoon B4 C4
Dalian Shide B5 C5
Guizhou Renhe B6 C6
B7 Henan Construction C7
B8 Dalian Aerbin C8
B9 Shanghai Shenxin C9
Guangzhou R&F B10 C10
Hangzhou Greentown B11 C11
Jiangsu Sainty B12 C12

Round 4 – July 18, the four teams with byes now enter the competition

Home Road Match
Tianjin Teda C1 D1
C2 C3 D2
Beijing Guoan C4 D3
C5 C6 D4
Guangzhou Evergrande C7 D5
C8 C9 D6
Liaoning Whowin C10 D7
C11 C12 D8

Quarterfinals – August 1

Home Road Match
D1 D2 E1
D3 D4 E2
D5 D6 E3
D7 D8 E4

Semifinals – August 22, September 26
Finals – November 11, 17

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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