2012 AFC President's Cup, between 3-13 May. Which is fantastic news as it will give Crown another great chance to progress to the latter stages, as they did last year. Home advantage counts for a lot. If you have been sleeping under a rock, Crown got all the way to the 2011 final, only to lose 2-3 to hosts Taiwan in a bitterly contested final match. The AFC President's Cup has twelve entrants, the champions of their respective league competitions in 2011. That means three qualifying rounds of 4 teams apiece, with the top 2 teams progressing to the six-team knockout stage. As well as Crown, the other two hosts will be KRL Football Club (from Pakistan) and FC Istiklol (from Tajikistan). The actual draw to see which teams will be in which group will be made on Tuesday 6 March.
The 12 champion teams are: Dhanmondi Club (Bangladesh), Yeedzin FC (Bhutan), Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Taiwan Power Company (Chinese Taipei), Dordoi Dynamo (Kyrgyzstan), Erchim (Mongolia), Nepal Police Club (Nepal), KRL Football Club (Pakistan), Al Amma'ri Youth Club (Palestine), Ratnam Sports Club (Sri Lanka), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and Balkan (Turkmenistan).