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Asian Football Confederation

Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
Asian Football Confederation member associations map.svg
AbbreviationAFC
MottoOne Asia One Goal
Formation8 May 1954; 66 years ago (1954-05-08)
Founded atManila, Philippines
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersBukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia (AFC)
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English, Arabic[1]
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
Vice Presidents
General Secretary
Windsor John[2][3]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.the-afc.com

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the six continental confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006. Guam, a territory of the United States, and the Northern Mariana Islands, one of the two Commonwealths of the United States are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries (both are Special administrative regions of China), are also members of the AFC.

The AFC was officially formed on 8 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines, on the sidelines of the second Asian Games. The main headquarters is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

History

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 1956Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, Iran, India, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and South Vietnam were founding members.[4][5]

The AFC Asian Cup is the second-oldest continental football competition in the world, with four teams taking part in the first edition in the then-British Hong Kong in 1956.[6]

The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) is the section of the AFC who manage women's football in Asia. The group was independently founded in April 1968 in a meeting involving Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In 1986 the ALFC merged with the AFC.[7] The Asian Ladies Football Confederation helped organize the AFC Women's Asian Cup, first held in 1975, as well as the AFC's AFC U-19 Women's Championship and the AFC U-17 Women's Championship.[citation needed]

AFC Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[8]
FIFA Council Members[8]
AFC Vice Presidents[8]
AFC Executive Committee Members[8]
  • Iraq Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Lebanon Hachem Haider
  • Oman Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Yemen Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Bhutan Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Australia Chris Nikou
  • Malaysia Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Vietnam Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Hong Kong Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • State of Palestine Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Laos Kanya Keomany
  • North Korea Han Un-gyong
General Secretary
  • Malaysia Windsor John

Member associations

AFC regional federations
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The AFC has 47 member associations which split into five regions. Several nations proposed a South West Asian Federation but that will not interfere with AFC zones.[9][10][11]

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHR  Bahrain (M, W) 1957 1968 1969 Yes
IRQ  Iraq (M, W) 1948 1950 1970 Yes
JOR  Jordan (M, W) 1949 1956 1970 Yes
KUW  Kuwait (M, W) 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LBN  Lebanon (M, W) 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA  Oman (M, W) 1978 1980 1980 Yes
PLE  Palestine (M, W) 1928 1995 1995 Yes
QAT  Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1974 Yes
KSA  Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR  Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1970 Yes
UAE  United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM  Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1980 Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFG  Afghanistan (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
IRN  Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1954 Yes
KGZ  Kyrgyzstan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
TJK  Tajikistan (M, W) 1936 1994 1993 Yes
TKM  Turkmenistan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
UZB  Uzbekistan (M, W) 1946 1994 1993 Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BAN  Bangladesh (M, W) 1972 1976 1974 Yes
BHU  Bhutan (M, W) 1983 2000 1993 Yes
IND  India (M, W) 1937 1948 1954 Yes
MDV  Maldives (M, W) 1982 1986 1984 Yes
NEP    Nepal (M, W) 1951 1972 1954 Yes
PAK  Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI  Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS  Australia[m 1][m 2] (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes[m 3]
BRU  Brunei (M, W) 1952 1972 1969 Yes
CAM  Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
IDN  Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO  Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1968 Yes
MAS  Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
MYA  Myanmar (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
PHI  Philippines (M, W) 1907 1930 1954 Yes
SIN  Singapore (M, W) 1892 1952 1954 Yes
THA  Thailand (M, W) 1916 1925 1954 Yes
TLS  Timor-Leste (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE  Vietnam (M, W) 1960 1952 1954 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN  China PR (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
TPE  Chinese Taipei[m 4] (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
GUM  Guam[m 1] (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes[m 3]
HKG  Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN  Japan (M, W) 1921 1921 1954 Yes
PRK  North Korea (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR  South Korea (M, W) 1928 1948 1954 Yes
MAC  Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 No[m 5]
MNG  Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI  Northern Mariana Islands[m 1][m 6] (M, W) 2005 N/A 2009 No[m 7]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Oceania country or territory, but AFC member.
  2. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–1972, 1978–2006), joined AFC.
  3. ^ a b Oceania country or territory is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees rather than the Olympic Council of Asia.
  4. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1976–1982), joined AFC.
  5. ^ Macau's Olympic Committee is an OCA member, but not an IOC member.
  6. ^ Associate AFC member, not a FIFA member.
  7. ^ Part of the United States Olympic Committee.

Former members

Competitions

AFC competitions

International

The AFC runs the AFC Asian Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup, which determine the Champions of Asia, as well as the AFC Solidarity Cup. All three competitions are held every four years. The AFC also organises the AFC Futsal Championship, AFC Beach Soccer Championship, various age-level international youth football tournaments and the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup and for football at the Summer Olympics.

In addition to the AFC run international tournaments, each AFC regional federation organises its own tournament for national teams: EAFF East Asian Cup, SAFF Championship, AFF Championship, CAFA Championship and WAFF Championship .

Club

The top-ranked AFC competition is the AFC Champions League, which started in the 2002–03 season (an amalgamation of the Asian Champions Cup and the Asian Cup Winners Cup) and gathers the top 1–4 teams of each country (the number of teams depend on that country's ranking and can be upgraded or downgraded); this competition only gathered teams from top country.

A second, lower-ranked competition is the AFC Cup. This competition was launched by AFC in 2004. A third competition, the AFC President's Cup, which had started in 2005, was absorbed into the AFC Cup in 2015.[15]

The AFC also runs an annual Asian futsal club competition, the AFC Futsal Club Championship.

Current title holders

Competitions Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Men's National Teams
AFC Asian Cup Qatar Qatar 1st  Japan 2023
AFC Solidarity Cup    Nepal 1st  Macau 2020
Asian Games Men's Football Tournament  South Korea 5th  Japan 2022
AFC U-23 Championship  South Korea 1st  Saudi Arabia 2022
AFC U-19 Championship  Saudi Arabia 3rd  South Korea 2020
AFC U-16 Championship  Japan 3rd  Tajikistan 2020
AFC U-14 Championship  South Korea 1st  North Korea 2022
AFC Futsal Championship  Iran 12th  Japan 2020
AFC U-20 Futsal Championship  Japan 1st  Afghanistan 2021
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates 2021
Women's National Teams
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 2nd  Australia 2022
Asian Games Women's Football Tournament  Japan 2nd  China PR 2022
AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament  Australia 1st To Be Determined 2020
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  Japan 6th  North Korea 2022
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  Japan 4th  North Korea 2022
AFC Women's Futsal Championship  Iran 2nd  Japan 2020
Men's Clubs
AFC Champions League Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3rd Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2020
AFC Cup Lebanon Al-Ahed 1st North Korea 25 April 2020
AFC Futsal Club Championship Japan Nagoya Oceans 4th Iran Mes Sungun 2020
Women's Clubs
AFC Women's Club Championship Japan Tokyo Verdy Beleza 1st China Jiangsu Suning 2020

Sponsors and supporters

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners")[16]

Rankings

Club Competitions Ranking

The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[20] Listed here are the top 30 countries.

AFC Country Points
1  China PR 100.000
2  Qatar 97.644
3  Japan 93.321
4  Saudi Arabia 88.449
5  South Korea 85.979
6  Iran 81.724
7  United Arab Emirates 61.870
8  Thailand 51.189
9  Iraq 48.992
10  Uzbekistan 45.562
11  Australia 40.896
12  Jordan 33.852
13  Philippines 32.130
14  North Korea 30.100
15  India 29.576
16  Vietnam 28.571
17  Tajikistan 28.361
18  Malaysia 26.96
19  Singapore 26.607
20  Turkmenistan 26.532
21  Lebanon 24.746
22  Syria 22.505
23  Hong Kong 19.945
24  Bahrain 17.749
25  Bangladesh 14.683
26  Maldives 13.632
27  Myanmar 12.756
28  Indonesia 12.550
29  Oman 8.531
30  Palestine 7.297

Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[21] Listed here are the top ten clubs.

Rank IFFHS Club Points
1 62 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 153
2 68 Japan Kashima Antlers 149.5
3 77 Qatar Al-Duhail 142
4 95 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 133.5
5 98 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 131
6 105 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 126
7 118 Iran Persepolis 116.5
8 127 Thailand Buriram United 114.5
9 130 Qatar Al Sadd 113.5
10 135 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 112.5

Men's futsal

Here is the men's futsal rank per December 2019[22]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 6  Iran 1603 Steady
2 15  Japan 1378 Steady
3 19  Thailand 1323 Steady
4 24  Uzbekistan 1221 Increase 2
5 32  Australia 1177 Steady
6 41  Lebanon 1103 Steady
7 42  Kuwait 1079 Steady
8 44  Kyrgyzstan 1064 Steady
9 45  Vietnam 1046 Steady
10 47  Indonesia 1000 Steady
11 53  Iraq 970 Increase 3
12 62  Malaysia 899 Steady
13 66  Jordan 877 Increase 1
14 68  Turkmenistan 872 Steady
15 70  Tajikistan 863 Steady
16 72  South Korea 857 Steady
17 73  China 848 Steady
18 74  Saudi Arabia 840 Steady
19 80  Qatar 807 Decrease 1
20 82  Bahrain 804 Increase 6
21 83  Chinese Taipei 803 Decrease 2
22 85  Myanmar 793 Decrease 1
23 91  Oman 767 Steady
23 91  United Arab Emirates 767 Steady
25 94  Afghanistan 738 Steady
26 101  Palestine 655 Steady
27 102  Hong Kong 622 Steady
28 103  Mongolia 609 Steady
29 104  Cambodia 588 Steady
30 105  East Timor 581 Increase 1
31 108  Macau 535 Decrease 1
32 110  Brunei 528 Decrease 1
 Laos** 596
 Philippines** 540
 Syria** 651
 Singapore** 614
   Nepal* 588
 Yemen* 578
 Bhutan* 543
 Guam** 486
 Maldives** 457

a number between brackets is the rank of the previous week.

  • = Provisional ranking (played at least 10 matches)
    • = Inactive for more than 24 months

Beach soccer national teams

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW).[23]

AFC rank World rank Country Points
1 5  Iran 2489
2 6  Japan 2316
3 14  United Arab Emirates 1457
4 20  Oman 896
5 38  Lebanon 394
6 51  Palestine 236
7 53  China 229
8 54  Bahrain 220
9 60  Thailand 182
10 69  Afghanistan 143
11 70  Malaysia 141
12 74  Iraq 114
13 76  Qatar 106
14 86  Syria 76
15 88  Kuwait 62
16 88  Kyrgyzstan 62
17 94  Vietnam 51
18 95  Saudi Arabia 40
19 101  Uzbekistan 22
20 103  Laos 12
21 115  Australia 0
22 117  Yemen 0
23 118  Philippines 0
24 119  Indonesia 0