Turkmenistan lost a direct pass to the AFC Champions League, which was received by the winner of the Turkmenistan football championship. This became known on the base of the club rating of the AFC national associations.
“Altyn asyr” and “Kopetdag” failed to reach the zonal final of the AFC Cup-2022. In this regard, Turkmenistan has lost its chances of bypassing Kuwait in the club rating of the AFC national associations in the “West” zone - and occupies 11th place in it.
In accordance with the regulations of the AFC Champions League, 11th place does not entitle the winner of the national championship to play directly in the group stage of the Champions League. To enter it, the champion should go through the qualifying round of the playoffs, which consists of one match with one opponent.
The AFC National Association Club Rankings are based on the results of clubs from a particular country in the AFC Club Tournaments. It is updated after each round of the Champions League and AFC Cup. The rating determines how many teams from a particular country will play in future Asian club tournaments and from which round.
In the 2022 season in Asian tournaments, Turkmenistan was represented by three clubs. “Ahal” participated in the AFC Champions League for the first time, while “Kopetdag” and “Altyn asyr” started from the group stage of the AFC Cup.