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|
|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.
|Shenzhen Ruby||Harbin Yiteng||B2|
|Yanbian FC||Chongqing FC||B5|
|Shanghai East Asia||Fujian Smart Hero||B11|
Round 3 – June 27, this is where the Chinese Super League clubs get involved.
Round 4 – July 18, the four teams with byes now enter the competition
Quarterfinals – August 1
Semifinals – August 22, September 26
Finals – November 11, 17
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