Asian Football Confederation


AFC (English: Asian Football Confederation; Arabic: الاتحاد الآسيوي لكرة القدم, Al Ittiḥād ul Assiyawi yul Likurat il Qadami) is one of the six confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, most of which are located in Asia. 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.

Asian Football Confederation
الاتحاد الآسيوي لكرة القدم
Al Ittiḥād ul Assiyawi yul Likurat il Qadami
AbbreviationAFC
Formation7 May 1954; 67 years ago (1954-05-07)
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
See list
General Secretary
Windsor John[2][3]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.the-afc.com

The AFC was officially formed on 7 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines. 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 7 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines.[4] Afghanistan, 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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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-20 Women's Asian Cup and the AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup.[citation needed]

Controversy


The AFC has been accused of its political nepotism and corruption within the federation.

Hakeem al-Araibi, Bahraini footballer turned political refugee in Australia, was arrested by Thai police on his honeymoon to Thailand in November 2018. He faced extradition charges from the Bahraini government on the false accusation over his involvement in the Bahraini uprising of 2011 that he instigated the attack on a police station. As Thailand did not sign the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Thai economic interests with Bahrain, and the ruling president of the AFC, Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, is a member of Bahraini Royal family, fear that the AFC might set up as culprit for the deportation, triggered international outcry. Australia and FIFA eventually intervened and Thai officials would release Hakeem in February 2019, but this highlighted rampant political corruption in the AFC.[9][10]

The AFC Asian Cup is also marked with numerous instances of political interference. One of these was the case of Israel, as the team used to be a member of the AFC but following the Arab loss in the Yom Kippur War, Israel was expelled from the AFC in 1974 and had to compete in OFC until being granted UEFA membership in 1990.[11] Meanwhile, similar cases also exist in other AFC tournaments like the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Following the 2016 attack on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, Saudi Arabia has rejected playing with Iran and even threatens to withdraw if the AFC refuses to follow, and even extended it to international level.[12] Tensions between the two Koreas during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification had led North Korea to withdraw from hosting the South Korean team and refusing to display the South Korean flag and play their national anthem. As a result, North Korea's home matches were moved to Shanghai.[13]

In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, Qatari fans were barred from entering the country as part of the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis, despite the earlier slogan "Bringing Asia Together", although the Emirati government later announced that it would permit Qatari citizens temporary entry into the country pending approval from Emirati authorities.[14] According to a report, Saoud al-Mohannadi, a Qatari national who is the AFC vice-president and chairman of the organizing committee for the Asian Cup, was unable to enter the UAE two days prior to the tournament's start because Emirati authorities had not yet cleared him.[15] The director of the 2019 AFC Organizing Committee denied reports that Al Mohannadi was refused entry and declared that Al Mohannadi has arrived on Friday morning and was preparing for his meetings. The director stated that there was no evidence that shows he was unable to enter and stated that this news has "political purposes". He stated, "We try to keep sports away from politics."[16] Since then, the Qatari team faced imminent discrimination from the host nation, and even in the semi-finals when Qatar faced up host nation, UAE supporters threw bottles and footwear into the match after Qatari players scored their second goal, the latter is considered deeply offensive in the Middle East. One of the Qatari players, Salem Al Hajri, was struck on the head with a shoe after Qatar scored its third goal. This conduct was preceded by booing the Qatari national anthem. The two countries had had a hostile relationship and had cut ties due to the ongoing diplomatic crisis.[17] Qatar won 4–0 despite the situation, reaching their first Asian Cup final and would go on to win the tournament for the first time.[18][19][20] Afterwards, the AFC declared that it would conduct an investigation into the proceedings,[19][21] eventually punished the UAEFA over the incident, fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and had to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors.[22] However, on 21 September, AFC had mysteriously lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun.[23]

During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, North Korea reluctantly agreed to host the South Korean team in Pyongyang, the first time North Korea hosted South Korea at home in a competitive match. Enthusiasm thus ran high due to aspiration of reconciliation between two Koreas, only to be later shattered by the North Korean Government banning supporters from entering the stadium, and aggressive performance by the Northern players to the Southern counterparts. The match ended a goalless draw, but as for the result of controversies, South Korea decided to pull out the bid for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, and accused North Korea of political meddling in sports. The AFC was accused of doing little about the case, which led to the AFC to decide the final of the 2019 AFC Cup would not be hosted in North Korea.[24]

In 2020 AFC Champions League, the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from the AFC on 17 January 2020 announcing that teams from Iran would not be allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.[25][26] The four AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed.[27][28] The AFC announced on 23 January 2020 that any group stage matches which the Iranian teams were supposed to host on matchdays 1, 2 and 3 would be switched with the corresponding away matches to allow time to reassess the security concerns in the country.[29][30][31]

On 9 March 2020, FIFA announced in a statement that matches between Asian qualifiers for World Cup 2022, which were scheduled for March and June, are postponed to a later time. The decision has been made due to the spread of SARS-CoV-2.[32] On August 12, 2020, FIFA and the AFC have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021.[33]

AFC Executive Committee


AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[34]
FIFA Council Members[34]
AFC Vice Presidents[34]
AFC Executive Committee Members[34]
  • Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Hachem Haider
  • Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Chris Nikou
  • Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Kanya Keomany
  • Han Un-gyong
General Secretary

Member associations


AFC regional federations
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

AFC National League 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.[35][36][37]

CodeAssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHR Bahrain(M, W)195719681969Yes
IRQ Iraq(M, W)194819501970Yes
JOR Jordan(M, W)194919561970Yes
KUW Kuwait(M, W)195219641964Yes
LBN Lebanon(M, W)193319361964Yes
OMA Oman(M, W)197819801980Yes
PLE Palestine(M, W)192819951995Yes
QAT Qatar(M, W)196019721974Yes
KSA Saudi Arabia(M)195619561972Yes
SYR Syria(M, W)193619371970Yes
UAE United Arab Emirates(M, W)197119741974Yes
YEM Yemen(M, W)196219801980Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFG Afghanistan(M, W)193319481954Yes
IRN Iran(M, W)192019481954Yes
KGZ Kyrgyzstan(M, W)199219941993Yes
TJK Tajikistan(M, W)193619941993Yes
TKM Turkmenistan(M, W)199219941993Yes
UZB Uzbekistan(M, W)194619941993Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BAN Bangladesh(M, W)197219761974Yes
BHU Bhutan(M, W)198320001993Yes
IND India(M, W)193719481954Yes
MDV Maldives(M, W)198219861984Yes
NEP   Nepal(M, W)195119721954Yes
PAK Pakistan(M, W)194719481954Yes
SRI Sri Lanka(M, W)193919521954Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS Australia[m 1](M, W)196119632006Yes[m 2]
BRU Brunei(M, W)195219721969Yes
CAM Cambodia(M, W)193319541954Yes
IDN Indonesia(M, W)193019521954Yes
LAO Laos(M, W)195119521968Yes
MAS Malaysia(M, W)193319541954Yes
MYA Myanmar(M, W)194719481954Yes
PHI Philippines(M, W)190719301954Yes
SIN Singapore(M, W)189219521954Yes
THA Thailand(M, W)191619251954Yes
TLS Timor-Leste(M, W)200220052002Yes
VIE Vietnam(M, W)196019521954Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN China PR(M, W)192419311974Yes
TPE Chinese Taipei[m 3](M, W)193619541954Yes
GUM Guam(M, W)197519961991Yes[m 2]
HKG Hong Kong(M, W)191419541954Yes
JPN Japan(M, W)192119211954Yes
PRK North Korea(M, W)194519581974Yes
KOR South Korea(M, W)192819481954Yes
MAC Macau(M, W)193919781978No[m 4]
MNG Mongolia(M, W)195919981993Yes
NMI Northern Mariana Islands(M, W)2005N/A2020 No[m 5]

Notes

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

Former members


  •  Israel, 1954–1974. Expelled from AFC competitions in 1974, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[38] Became full UEFA members in 1994.
  •  New Zealand, 1964.[39] Founding member of OFC in 1966.
  •  South Yemen, 1972–1990.[40] Joined North Yemen as Yemen
  •  Kazakhstan, 1993–2002. Joined UEFA in 2002.

Competitions


National teams

Men's

Women's

Clubs

Men's

Women's

Former tournaments

National teams

Clubs

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 Asian Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, 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: AFF Championship, CAFA Championship, EAFF Championship, SAFF 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 Club Championship 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. And AFC Women's Club Championship for women football club competition.

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.[41]

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

Current title holders

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition Most successful
National teams (Men's)
Asian Cup 2019 Qatar 1st  Japan 2023  Japan
(4)
Solidarity Cup 2016    Nepal 1st  Macau 2024    Nepal
(1)
Asian Games Men's tournament 2018  South Korea 5th  Japan 2022  South Korea
(5)
U-23 Asian Cup 2020  South Korea 1st  Saudi Arabia 2022  Iraq
 Japan
 South Korea
 Uzbekistan
(1)
U-20 Asian Cup 2018  Saudi Arabia 3rd  South Korea 2023  South Korea
(12)
U-17 Asian Cup 2018  Japan 3rd  Tajikistan 2023  Japan
(3)
Futsal Asian Cup 2018  Iran 12th  Japan 2022  Iran
(12)
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal 2017  Iran 5th  Uzbekistan 2021  Iran
(5)
U-20 Futsal Asian Cup 2019  Japan 1st  Afghanistan 2021  Iran
 Japan
(1)
Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2019  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates 2023  Japan
(3)
Beach Games Beach Soccer 2016  Japan 1st  Oman 2021  Iran
(2)
National teams (Women's)
Women's Asian Cup 2018  Japan 2nd  Australia 2022  China PR
(8)
Asian Games Women's tournament 2018  Japan 2nd  China PR 2022  China PR
 North Korea
(3)
Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020  Australia
 China PR
2nd
5th
 Vietnam
 South Korea
2024
U-20 Women's Asian Cup 2019  Japan 6th  North Korea 2022  Japan
(6)
U-17 Women's Asian Cup 2019  Japan 4th  North Korea 2022  Japan
(4)
Women's Futsal Asian Cup 2018  Iran 2nd  Japan 2021 TBC  Iran
(2)
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal 2017  Thailand 1st  Japan 2021  Japan
(3)
Club teams (Men's)
Champions League 2020 Ulsan Hyundai 2nd Persepolis 2021 Al-Hilal
Pohang Steelers
(3)
AFC Cup 2019 Al-Ahed 1st 25 April 2021 Al-Kuwait
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(3)
Futsal Club Championship 2019 Nagoya Oceans 4th Mes Sungun 2022 Nagoya Oceans
(4)
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Club Championship 2019 Nippon TV Beleza 1st Jiangsu Suning 2021 Nippon TV Beleza
(1)

Titles by nation

Nation Men Women Futsal & Beach Soccer Total
Asian Solidarity Challenge U23 U20 U17 Afro-Asian AFC-OFC Asian U20 U17 Men's Men's U20 Women's Beach Soccer
 Japan41132126431331
 Iran34111212226
 South Korea2112211120
 North Korea23231314
 China128112
 Saudi Arabia3328
 Iraq11518
 Israel167
 Myanmar77
 Thailand2114
 Qatar1113
 Chinese Taipei33
 Australia112
 India112
 Uzbekistan112
 Oman22
 Kuwait11
 Tajikistan11
 United Arab Emirates11
 Syria11
 Indonesia11
   Nepal11
 New Zealand11
 Palestine11

Former competitions

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition Most successful
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 2007  Japan 2nd  Egypt Defunct  Japan
(2)
AFC-OFC Challenge Cup 2003  Iran 1st  New Zealand Defunct  Iran
 Japan
(1)
Challenge Cup 2014  Palestine 1st  Philippines Defunct  North Korea
(2)
Afro-Asian Club Championship 1998 Raja Casablanca 1st Pohang Steelers Defunct Zamalek
(2)
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001-02 Al-Hilal 2nd Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Defunct Al-Hilal
Yokohama Marinos
(2)
President's Cup 2014 HTTU Asgabat 1st Rimyongsu Defunct Regar TadAZ
(3)
Asian Super Cup 2002 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd Al-Hilal Defunct Al-Hilal
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
(2)

Sponsors and supporters


The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners")[42]

Hall of Fame


Major tournament records


Legend
  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • GS – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First knockout stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / withdrawn / banned / disqualified
  •     — Hosts

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Team 1930

(13)
1934

(16)
1938

(15)
1950

(13)
1954

(16)
1958

(16)
1962

(16)
1966

(16)
1970

(16)
1974

(16)
1978

(16)
1982

(24)
1986

(24)
1990

(24)
1994

(24)
1998

(32)
2002


(32)
2006

(32)
2010

(32)
2014

(32)
2018

(32)
2022

(32)
2026



(48)
Years
 South Korea Did not exist × GS × × GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS GS 10
 Japan × × × × × × GS R16 GS R16 GS R16 6
 Iran × × × × × × × × × GS × × GS GS GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia Did not exist × × × × × R16 GS GS GS GS 5
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS GS 3
 North Korea Did not exist × × × × QF × × × × GS × 2
 China PR × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Indonesia[46] × × 1S × × × × × × 1
 Iraq Did not exist × × × × × × × GS 1
 Israel Did not exist GS Not a member of AFC 1
 Kuwait Did not exist × × × × × × GS 1
 Qatar Did not exist × × q 1
 United Arab Emirates Did not exist × × GS 1
Total (13 teams)0010100110112224444454 or 5
+1
TBD37

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team1991

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
2019

(24)
2023


(32)
Years
 Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st 2nd R16 8
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF QF R16 7
 Australia Part of OFC QF QF QF R16 q 5
 North Korea × GS GS QF GS × 4
 South Korea GS R16 GS 3
 Thailand GS GS 2
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
Total (7 teams)323443555+1 29

FIFA Futsal World Cup

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2 (19892008, second group stage, top 8; 2012–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  •    – Not an AFC member
  • Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team
1989
(16)

1992
(16)

1996
(16)

2000
(16)

2004
(16)

2008
(20)

2012
(24)

2016
(24)

2021
(24)
Years
 AustraliaR1R1 2
 ChinaR1R1R1 3
 Chinese TaipeiR1 1
 Hong KongR1 1
 Iran4thR1R1R1R2R23rdQ 8
 JapanR1R1R1R2Q 5
 KazakhstanR1 1
 KuwaitR1 1
 MalaysiaR1 1
 Saudi ArabiaR1 1
 ThailandR1R1R1R2R2Q 6
 UzbekistanR1Q 2
 VietnamR2Q 2
Total (13 teams)233344555 34

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record
Team
(Total 35 teams)
1956

(4)
1960

(4)
1964

(4)
1968

(5)
1972

(6)
1976

(6)
1980

(10)
1984

(10)
1988

(10)
1992

(8)
1996

(12)
2000

(12)
2004

(16)
2007




(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(16)
2019

(24)
2023

(24)
Years
 Iran 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd GS 3rd QF 3rd QF QF QF SF 14
 South Korea 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd GS 2nd QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 2nd QF 14
 China PR 3rd GS 2nd 4th 3rd QF 4th 2nd GS GS QF QF q 13
 Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
 Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS 1st 10
 Saudi Arabia 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd GS 2nd GS GS R16 10
 United Arab Emirates GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd SF 10
 Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th R16 9
 Japan GS 1st QF 1st 1st 4th 1st QF 2nd 9
 Thailand 3rd GS GS GS GS GS R16 7
 Uzbekistan GS GS QF QF 4th QF R16 7
 Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS R16 6
 Syria GS GS GS GS GS GS 6
 North Korea 4th GS GS GS GS 5
 Australia Part of OFC QF 2nd 1st QF 4
 India 2nd GS GS GS 4
 Indonesia GS GS GS GS 4
 Israel 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Part of UEFA 4
 Jordan QF QF GS R16 4
 Oman GS GS GS R16 4
 Vietnam 4th 4th QF QF 4
 Hong Kong 3rd 4th 5th 3
 Malaysia GS GS GS 3
 Chinese Taipei 3rd 4th 2
 Lebanon GS GS 2
 Palestine GS GS 2
 Turkmenistan GS GS 2
 Bangladesh GS 1
 Cambodia 4th 1
 Kyrgyzstan R16 1
 Myanmar 2nd 1
 Philippines GS 1
 Singapore GS 1
 South Yemen GS 1
 Yemen GS 1

AFC Women's Asian Cup

AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Team
(Total 21 teams)
1975

(6)
1977

(6)
1979

(6)
1981

(8)
1983

(6)
1986

(7)
1989

(8)
1991

(9)
1993

(8)
1995

(11)
1997

(11)
1999

(15)
2001

(14)
2003

(14)
2006

(9)
2008

(8)
2010

(8)
2014

(8)
2018

(8)
2022

(12)
Years
 Japan GS GS 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 16
 Thailand 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 5th 4th 16
 China PR 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 14
 Hong Kong GS GS 4th 4th GS GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 14
 Chinese Taipei 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd GS GS GS GS 13
 South Korea GS GS 4th GS GS 4th 3rd GS GS GS 4th 5th 12
 North Korea GS 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 10
 India 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS GS GS q 9
 Malaysia 4th GS 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS 9
 Philippines GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th 9
 Vietnam GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th GS 8
 Australia 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 2nd 7
 Singapore GS 3rd GS 4th GS GS GS 7
 Uzbekistan GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Guam GS GS GS GS 4
 Indonesia 4th GS 4th GS 4
 Myanmar GS GS GS GS 4
 Kazakhstan GS GS GS Part of UEFA 3
   Nepal GS GS GS 3
 Jordan GS GS 2
 New Zealand 1st 1

Rankings


Men's elo rankings

Here are the World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members.[49]

AFC Elo Rankings Country Elo ratings 1 year change
1 27  South Korea 1,771 4
2 30  Japan 1,744 5
3 32  Iran 1,739 13
4 40  Australia 1,712 2
5 46  Qatar 1,670 28
6 56  Iraq 1,622 12
7 64  Uzbekistan 1,578 4
8 68  Saudi Arabia 1,554 6
9 73  Bahrain 1,534 30
10 82  Oman 1,500 10
11 86  Syria 1,483 28
12 87  Jordan 1,475 7
13 90  China PR 1,460 13
14 94  United Arab Emirates 1,449 12
15 101  Kuwait 1,416 1
16 104  Vietnam 1,408 24
17 106  Lebanon 1,404 15
18 110  Palestine 1,381
19 113  North Korea 1,375 16
20 116  Thailand 1,358 5
21 138  Kyrgyzstan 1,271 1
22 142  Turkmenistan 1,265 9
23 148  Tajikistan 1,233 10
24 156  Yemen 1,207 8
25 157  Malaysia 1,201 18
26 160  India 1,190 4
27 166  Hong Kong 1,170 11
28 170  Singapore 1,159 11
29 172  Philippines 1,152 1
30 177  Afghanistan 1,137 7
31 179  Indonesia 1,118 16
32 185  Myanmar 1,047 1
33 194  Maldives 947 2
34 195  Chinese Taipei 941 1
35 197    Nepal 918 4
36 204  Pakistan 873 6
37 207  Cambodia 838 1
38 208  Bangladesh 831 2
39 214  Guam 734 7
40 215  Mongolia 730 1
41 219  Macau 696 6
42 221  Laos 690 1
43 225  Sri Lanka 669 8
44 226  Timor-Leste 638 1
45 228  Brunei 619 1
46 232  Bhutan 563 1
47 238  Northern Mariana Islands 409

Club Competitions Ranking

The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[50] 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.[51] Listed here are the top ten clubs.

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

Men's futsal

Here is the men's futsal rank per 10 February 2021[52]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 6  Iran 1609
2 15  Japan 1368 1
3 18  Thailand 1325 1
4 29  Uzbekistan 1191 2
5 32  Australia 1177 2
6 40  Lebanon 1103 1
7 42  Kyrgyzstan 1071 1
8 43  Kuwait 1066 1
9 45  Vietnam 1046 1
10 50  Indonesia 1000 1
11 57  Iraq 970 2
12 62  Tajikistan 921 1
13 67  Malaysia 881 1
14 69  Turkmenistan 872 2
15 70  South Korea 857
16 74  China 848 1
17 81  Saudi Arabia 811 1
18 82  Qatar 807 1
19 83  Bahrain 804 1
20 84  Chinese Taipei 803 1
21 85  Myanmar 793 1
22 90  Oman 767 1
23 91  United Arab Emirates 767 2
24 93  Afghanistan 738 1
25 101  Palestine 655 1
26 102  Hong Kong 622 1
27 103  Mongolia 609 1
28 104  Cambodia 588 1
29 105  East Timor 581 1
30 108  Macau 535 1
 Jordan** 877
 Singapore** 614
 Laos** 596
 Philippines** 540
 Brunei** 614
 Guam** 486
 Maldives** 457
 Yemen* 578
   Nepal* 568
 Bhutan* 543

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).[53]

AFC rank World rank Country Points
1 6  Japan 1549
2 7  Iran 1486
3 14  United Arab Emirates 945
4 21  Oman 555
5 40  Lebanon 217
6 47  Palestine 177
7 55  China 129
8 56  Bahrain 128
9 65  Malaysia 95
10 70  Iraq 78
11 71  Thailand 77
12 74  Afghanistan 69
13 79  Qatar 61
14 82  Syria 56
15 85  Kuwait 46
15 85  Kyrgyzstan 46
17 94  Saudi Arabia 30
18 108  Australia 0
19 111  Yemen 0
20 112  Philippines 0
21 113  Indonesia 0
22 115  Uzbekistan 0
23 115  Vietnam 0
24 115  Laos 0

See also


AFC sub-confederations
Continent confederations

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