List of Asian Club Championship and AFC Champions League finals
2002 (current format)
|Number of teams||32 (group stage)|
|Current champions|| Ulsan Hyundai|
|Most successful club(s)|| Al-Hilal|
(3 titles each)
|2020 AFC Champions League|
The AFC Champions League is a seasonal association football competition that was established in 1967. It begins in January or February and ends with the finals in October or November of the same year. The AFC Champions League is open to the league champions and cup winners of Asian Football Confederation member associations, as well as to the clubs finishing in second and third position in the stronger leagues of each zone. Prior to the 2002–03 season, the tournament was named the Asian Club Championship. Originally, only the champions of their respective national league and the defending champion of the competition were allowed to participate. However, this was changed in 2002 to allow the national cup winners to compete as well.
Al-Hilal and Pohang Steelers hold the record for the most victories, with three wins each since the competition's inception. Pohang Steelers have also won the competition the most times consecutively along with Thai Farmers Bank, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Al-Ittihad, winning it two times. Al-Hilal has contested the most finals, seven, winning three and losing four, while Al-Ahli, FC Seoul, and Persepolis are the only three clubs to reach the finals more than once without winning. Overall, 24 clubs have won the competition since its inception in 1967. Clubs from South Korea have won the most titles with 12. Japanese clubs are second with seven, and Saudi Arabian clubs are third with five wins. The current champions are Ulsan Hyundai, who beat Persepolis 2–1 in the 2020 final.
List of finals
|#||Finals not played|
|Ties decided on away goals|
|Matches won after extra time|
|*||Matches decided on penalties|
- The "Year" column refers to the season the competition was held, and wikilinks to the article about that season.
- Official season orthography of Asian Club Championship is reset. Both one-year and two-year seasons listed separately.
- Finals are listed in the order they were played.
1 In 1974 the Israel FA was expelled from the AFC due to political pressure, and became a full UEFA member in 1994. As a result, Israeli clubs no longer participate in AFC tournaments but in their UEFA counterparts instead.
|United Arab Emirates||1||3||4|
B. ^ The championship was decided in a final group round-robin of four teams.
C. ^ The final was scratched and Yomiuri FC were awarded the championship as Al-Hilal was unable to participate in the final after eight of the starting players were chosen to be in the Saudi national team's preparation camp, which coincided with the final matches.
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