Asian Football Confederation

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Asian Football Confederation
AbbreviationAFC
Formation7 May 1954;68 years ago (1954-05-07)
Founded at Manila, Philippines [1]
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia and Australia
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English
Arabic [2]
Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Vice Presidents
See list
General Secretary
Datuk Seri Windsor John [3] [4]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
  • AFF (Southeast Asia)
  • CAFA (Central Asia)
  • EAFF (East Asia)
  • SAFF (South Asia)
  • WAFF (Western Asia)
Website the-afc.com
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia AFC Headquarters.jpg
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football, beach soccer, and futsal in some countries/territories in Asia and Oceania. It has 47 member countries most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in OFC, joined AFC in 2006. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, both territories of the United States, are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) was the section of AFC who managed women's association football in Asia. The group was independently founded in April 1968 in a meeting involving Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In 1986 ALFC merged with AFC. [5]

Contents

Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President [6]
FIFA Council Members [6]
AFC Vice Presidents [6]
AFC Executive Committee Members [6]
  • Flag of Iraq.svg Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Flag of Lebanon.svg Hachem Haider
  • Flag of Oman.svg Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Flag of Yemen.svg Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Flag of Bhutan.svg Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chris Nikou
  • Flag of Malaysia.svg Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Flag of Vietnam.svg Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Flag of Hong Kong.svg Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • Flag of Palestine.svg Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Flag of Laos.svg Kanya Keomany
  • Flag of North Korea.svg Han Un-gyong
General Secretary

Sponsors

Sponsors [7]
Official Global Partners
Flag of Germany.svg Continental
Flag of Japan.svg Credit Saison
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Neom
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Yili
Official Global Supporters
Flag of Spain.svg Kelme
Flag of Japan.svg Konami
Flag of Japan.svg Molten
Official Regional Partners
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Mobile
Flag of Japan.svg KDDI
Flag of Japan.svg Kirin
Flag of South Korea.svg TVING
Flag of Vietnam.svg PhinDeli Café
AFC Champions League Partners
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Neom
Flag of Japan.svg Konami
Flag of Japan.svg Molten

Member associations

AFC regional federations Asean Football Federation countries.PNG
AFC regional federations

It has 47 member associations split into 5 regions. Some nations proposed a South West Asian Federation that would not interfere with AFC zones. [8] [9] [10] Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were founding members. [11] [12]

Code NameFoundedFIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUSFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia [m 1] 196119632006Yes [m 2]
BRUFlag of Brunei.svg  Brunei Darussalam 195219721969Yes
CAMFlag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 193319541954Yes
LAOFlag of Laos.svg  Laos 195119521968Yes
INAFlag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 193019521954Yes
MASFlag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 193319541954Yes
MYAFlag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 194719481954Yes
PHIFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 190719301954Yes
SINFlag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 189219521954Yes
THAFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 191619251954Yes
TLSFlag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 200220052002Yes
VIEFlag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 196019521954Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFGFlag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 193319481954Yes
IRNState Flag of Iran (1964).svg  Iran 192019481958Yes
KGZFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyz Republic 199219941993Yes
TJKFlag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 193619941993Yes
TKMFlag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 199219941993Yes
UZBFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 194619941993Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHNFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 192419311974Yes
TPEFlag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei [m 3] 193619541954Yes
PRKFlag of North Korea.svg  DPR Korea 194519581974Yes
GUMFlag of Guam.svg  Guam 197519961991Yes [m 2]
HKGFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 191419541954Yes
JPNFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 192119211954Yes
KORFlag of South Korea.svg  Korea Republic 192819481954Yes
MACFlag of Macau.svg  Macau 193919781978No [m 4]
MNGFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 195919981993Yes
NMIFlag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg  Northern Mariana Islands 2005N/A2020No [m 5]
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BANFlag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 197219761974Yes
BHUFlag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 198320001993Yes
INDFlag of India.svg  India 193719481954Yes
MDVFlag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 198219861984Yes
NEPFlag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 195119721954Yes
PAKFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 194719481954Yes
SRIFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 193919521954Yes
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHRFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 195719681969Yes
IRQFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 194819501970Yes
JORFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 194919561970Yes
KUWFlag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 195219641964Yes
LBNFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 193319361964Yes
OMAFlag of Oman.svg  Oman 197819801980Yes
PLEFlag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 192819981998Yes
QATFlag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 196019721974Yes
KSAFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 195619561972Yes
SYRFlag of Syria.svg  Syria 193619371970Yes
UAEFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 197119741974Yes
YEMFlag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 196219801980Yes

Notes

  1. Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–1972, 1978–2006), joined AFC.
  2. 1 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 and not an IOC member.
  5. Part of the United States Olympic Committee.

Former members

AssociationYearNote
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1954–1974Expelled from AFC competitions in 1974, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait, that was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions. [13] [14] Became a full UEFA member in 1994.
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1964 [15] Founding member of OFC in 1966.
Flag of South Yemen.svg  South Yemen 1972–1990 [16] Joined North Yemen as Yemen.
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 1993–2002Joined UEFA in 2002.

Tournaments

National teams

Men's

Women's

AFC runs the AFC Asian Cup and the AFC Women's Asian Cup, and the AFC Solidarity Cup replace AFC Challenge Cup for a country that has few chances to play in the Asian Cup. The 3 tournaments are held every 4 years. AFC organises the AFC Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, various age-level international association football, youth futsal tournaments and the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup and for football at the Summer Olympics.

Clubs

Men's

Women's

The top-ranked AFC tournament for association football clubs 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 tournament only gathered teams from top country. And AFC Women's Club Championship for women's association football club competition. [17]

A 2nd, lower-ranked tournament is the AFC Cup which was launched by AFC in 2004. A 3rd tournament, the AFC President's Cup which had started in 2005 was absorbed into the AFC Cup in 2015. [18]

AFC runs an annual Asian futsal club tournament, the AFC Futsal Club Championship for futsal club competition. [19]

Defunct

National teams

Clubs

Current title holders

TournamentYearChampionsTitleRunners-upNext edition [22] [23]
National teams
AFC Asian Cup 2019 (Final) Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar 1stFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2023 (Final)
AFC Solidarity Cup 2016 (Final)Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1stFlag of Macau.svg  Macau 2024 (Final)
Men's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018 (Final)Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 5thFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2023 (Final)
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 (Final)Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1stFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 2024 (Final)
AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2018 (Final)Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 3rdFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2023 (Final)
AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2018 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rdFlag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 2023 (Final)
Boys' Asian Youth Games Football Tournament 2013 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2ndFlag of Iran.svg  Iran 2025
AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4thFlag of Iran.svg  Iran 2026 (Final)
Men's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 5thFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 2023
AFC U-20 Futsal Asian Cup 2019 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1stFlag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 2023 (Final)
AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2019 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rdFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2023 (Final)
Men's Asian Beach Games Beach Soccer Tournament 2016 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1stFlag of Oman.svg  Oman 2023
National teams (women)
AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 (Final)Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 9thFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2026 (Final)
Women's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2ndFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2023 (Final)
AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 (Play-off) 2024 (Play-off)
AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup 2019 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6thFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2024 (Final)
AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup 2019 (Final)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4thFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2024 (Final)
AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup 2018 (Final)Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 2ndFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2022 (Final)
Women's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017 Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1stFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2023
Club teams
AFC Champions League 2021 (Final) Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 4th Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 2022 (Final)
AFC Cup 2022 (Final) Flag of Oman.svg Al-Seeb 1st Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur City 2023–24 (Final)
AFC Futsal Club Championship 2019 (Final) Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Oceans 4th Flag of Iran.svg Mes Sungun 2023 (Final)
Club teams (women)
AFC Women's Club Championship 2021 Flag of Jordan.svg Amman 1st Flag of Iran.svg Shahrdari Sirjan 2022 (Final)

Defunct tournaments

CompetitionLast heldChampionsTitleRunners-up
National teams
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 2007 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2ndFlag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
AFC-OFC Challenge Cup 2003 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1stFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
AFC Challenge Cup 2014 Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1stFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
AFC U-14 Championship2014Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1stFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Club teams
Afro-Asian Club Championship 1998 Flag of Morocco.svg Raja Casablanca 1st Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001–02 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 2nd Flag of South Korea.svg Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
President's Cup 2014 Flag of Turkmenistan.svg HTTU Asgabat 1st Flag of North Korea.svg Rimyongsu
Asian Super Cup 2002 Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal

Titles by nation

NationMenWomenFutsalBeach SoccerClubInter Conf.NationTotal
Asia Sol Cha Asiad U23 U20 U17 U14 AYG Asia Asiad U20 U17 Men AIMm U20 Wmn AIMw BS ABG ACL ACC APC AWC ASC WCC FCC AAN AO AAC
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 411132264 413 31 75214 21Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 58
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 34411251222 314 1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 45
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2511222 21 12312Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 45
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 3132663Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 24
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 129313Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 19
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 21323313 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 18
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1115113Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 13
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 163Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 10
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 271Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 10
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2111 22 1Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 10
Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 231Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 6
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 11112Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 6
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 14Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 5
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 14Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 5
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 121 1Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 5
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1111 1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 5
Flag of India.svg  India 121Flag of India.svg  India 4
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 31Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 4
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 211 Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 4
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 111Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 12Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 3
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 12Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 3
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 2Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 2
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 2Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 2
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1

Rankings

FIFA World Rankings

FIFA Men's Rankings (as of 6 October 2022) [24]
AFC*FIFA+/-National TeamPoints
120Increase2.svg 2Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1564.61
224Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1559.54
328Steady2.svgFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1530.3
438Increase2.svg 1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1488.72
550Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1439.89
651Increase2.svg 2Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1437.78
768Increase2.svg 2Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1343.01
870Decrease2.svg 1Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1337.57
975Steady2.svgFlag of Oman.svg  Oman 1320.29
1077Steady2.svgFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1309.98
1179Decrease2.svg 1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1305.06
1284Increase2.svg 2Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1289.99
1385Steady2.svgFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1280.64
1490Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1255.92
1594Steady2.svgFlag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1233.72
1695Steady2.svgFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1230.22
1796Increase2.svg 1Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1226.65
1899Increase2.svg 1Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1211.71
19106Decrease2.svg 2Flag of India.svg  India 1192.09
20108Increase2.svg 1Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 1185.7
21111Steady2.svgFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1174.92
22112Steady2.svgFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1169.96
23133Increase2.svg 1Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 1115.13
24135Steady2.svgFlag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 1100.47
25145Increase2.svg 2Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 1062.39
26146Increase2.svg 2Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1062.32
27149Steady2.svgFlag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1053.41
28152Increase2.svg 3Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1033.9
29154Increase2.svg 2Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 1026.09
30155Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 1023.52
31156Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2013).svg  Afghanistan 1023.04
32157Steady2.svgFlag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 1017.78
33158Steady2.svgFlag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 1007.89
34160Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 1003.5
35175Increase2.svg 1Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 954.86
36177Decrease2.svg 3Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 948.62
37182Steady2.svgFlag of Macau.svg  Macau 922.1
38183Increase2.svg 1Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 913.55
39185Increase2.svg 1Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 910.96
40187Decrease2.svg 4Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 905.51
41190Steady2.svgFlag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 898.41
42192Steady2.svgFlag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 884.45
43194Increase2.svg 1Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 866.81
44198Increase2.svg 1Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 860.06
45205Steady2.svgFlag of Guam.svg  Guam 838.33
46207Steady2.svgFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 825.25
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points
FIFA Women's Rankings (as of 13 October 2022) [25]
AFC*FIFA+/-National TeamPoints
110Steady2.svgFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1940
211Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1918.16
313Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1903.1
415Increase2.svg 1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1862.87
517Increase2.svg 1Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1849.16
634Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1643.66
740Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 1581.2
841Steady2.svgFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1555
947Steady2.svgFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1523.83
1048Steady2.svgFlag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 1517.95
1153Steady2.svgFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 1483.06
1261Decrease2.svg 3Flag of India.svg  India 1405.79
1365Increase2.svg 1Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1375.37
1469Increase2.svg 1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1364.73
1577Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 1314.35
1685Steady2.svgFlag of Laos.svg  Laos 1257.98
1786Steady2.svgFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1254.12
1889Increase2.svg 1Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1231.94
1994Increase2.svg 2Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 1218.07
2097Increase2.svg 4Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1213.69
21103Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1195.36
22114Decrease2.svg 10Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1158.26
23120Steady2.svgFlag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 1142.14
24125Steady2.svgFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1120.59
25129Steady2.svgFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 1111.95
26130Steady2.svgFlag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1098.76
27134Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 1084.1
28140Increase2.svg 7Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 1054.55
29142Increase2.svg 1Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1038.39
30144Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 1033.87
31153Decrease2.svg 1Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 973.91
32155Decrease2.svg 2Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 955.21
33159Decrease2.svg 3Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 938.55
34177Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 777.27
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points

Historical leaders

Men's
Iran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamAustralia national association football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamAsian Football Confederation
Iran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamKorea Republic national football teamAsian Football Confederation
Women's
North Korea women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamNorth Korea women's national football teamChina women's national football teamAsian Football Confederation

Team of the Year

Teams ranking in the top four – Men's [24]
YearFirstSecondThirdFourth
2022 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2021 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2020 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2019 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2018 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2017 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2016 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2015 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2014 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
2013 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2012 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2011 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2010 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2009 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
2008 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
2007 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2006 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2005 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
2004 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
2003 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
2002 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
2001 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2000 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
1999 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
1998 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
1997 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
1996 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
1995 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
1994 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
1993 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Teams ranking in the top four – Women's [25]
YearFirstSecondThirdFourth
2022 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2021 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2020 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2017 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2016 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2015 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2014 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2013 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2012 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2011 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2010 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2009 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2008 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2007 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
2006 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2005 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2004 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei
2003 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei

Men's elo rankings

World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members: [26]

AFCElo RankingsCountryElo ratings1 year change
127Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1,771Decrease2.svg 4
230Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1,744Increase2.svg 5
332Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1,739Decrease2.svg 13
440Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1,712Decrease2.svg 2
546Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1,670Increase2.svg 28
656Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1,622Increase2.svg 12
764Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1,578Decrease2.svg 4
868Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1,554Decrease2.svg 6
973Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 1,534Increase2.svg 30
1082Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 1,500Decrease2.svg 10
1186Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1,483Decrease2.svg 28
1287Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1,475Increase2.svg 7
1390Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1,460Decrease2.svg 13
1494Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1,449Decrease2.svg 12
15101Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1,416Increase2.svg 1
16104Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1,408Increase2.svg 24
17106Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1,404Decrease2.svg 15
18110Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 1,381Steady2.svg
19113Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1,375Decrease2.svg 16
20116Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1,358Decrease2.svg 5
21138Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1,271Increase2.svg 1
22142Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 1,265Increase2.svg 9
23148Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 1,233Increase2.svg 10
24156Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 1,207Increase2.svg 8
25157Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1,201Increase2.svg 18
26160Flag of India.svg  India 1,190Decrease2.svg 4
27166Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 1,170Decrease2.svg 11
28170Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 1,159Increase2.svg 11
29172Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 1,152Increase2.svg 1
30177Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 1,137Decrease2.svg 7
31179Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1,118Decrease2.svg 16
32185Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 1,047Increase2.svg 1
33194Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 947Decrease2.svg 2
34195Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 941Decrease2.svg 1
35197Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 918Increase2.svg 4
36204Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 873Decrease2.svg 6
37207Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 838Increase2.svg 1
38208Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 831Increase2.svg 2
39214Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 734Decrease2.svg 7
40215Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 730Increase2.svg 1
41219Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 696Increase2.svg 6
42221Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 690Decrease2.svg 1
43225Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 669Decrease2.svg 8
44226Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 638Increase2.svg 1
45228Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 619Increase2.svg 1
46232Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 563Increase2.svg 1
47238Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg  Northern Mariana Islands 409Steady2.svg

Club Competitions Ranking

The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by AFC. [27] Listed here are the top 30 countries.

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

Beach soccer national teams

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). [28]

AFC rankWorld rankCountryPoints
16Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1549
27Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1486
314Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 945
421Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 555
540Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 217
647Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 177
755Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 129
856Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 128
965Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 95
1070Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 78
1171Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 77
1274Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 69
1379Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 61
1482Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 56
1585Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 46
1585Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 46
1794Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 30
18108Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0
19111Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 0
20112Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 0
21113Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 0
22115Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 0
23115Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 0
24115Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 0

Men's futsal

Per 16 May 2022: [29]

AFC FIFA CountryPoints+/-
16Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1584Increase2.svg 1
215Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1353Increase2.svg 1
321Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1284Decrease2.svg 3
425Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1252Decrease2.svg 2
537Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1119Decrease2.svg 4
638Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1095Increase2.svg 1
740Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1089Increase2.svg 4
842Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1077Increase2.svg 6
944Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1061Decrease2.svg 2
1045Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1049Decrease2.svg 3
1150Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 984Increase2.svg 8
1256Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 940Decrease2.svg 1
1364Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 907Increase2.svg 7
1471Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 881Increase2.svg 8
1573Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 866Decrease2.svg 5
1675Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 857Decrease2.svg 2
1777Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 849Increase2.svg 13
1878Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 848Increase2.svg 1
2083Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 827Increase2.svg 3
2188Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 807Decrease2.svg 1
2289Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 803Decrease2.svg 1
2390Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 783Increase2.svg 3
2493Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 757Increase2.svg 3
2597Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 737Decrease2.svg 8
26105Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 647Increase2.svg 1
27107Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 622Steady2.svg
28108Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 595Steady2.svg
29109Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 576Steady2.svg
30110Flag of East Timor.svg  East Timor 571Steady2.svg
31112Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 535Increase2.svg 1
32116Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 524Steady2.svg
33117Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 454Steady2.svg
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan**877
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore**614
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos**596
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines**540
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam**486
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen*578
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal*568
Flag of Bhutan.svg  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

Women's futsal

AFC Women's National Futsal Team Ranking by The Roon Ba
Update: March 2022

AFC FIFA CountryPoints
17Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 5721
210Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 5636
311Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 5614
423Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 5317
525Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 5252
626Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 5252
729Flag of Chinese Taipei (Olympics; 1986-2010).svg  Chinese Taipei 5721
834Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 5127
935Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 5167
1037Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 5092
1140Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 5007
1242Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 4991
1345Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 4901
1446Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 4897
1548Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 4870
1649Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 4852
1751Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 4745
1853Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 4720
1961Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 4391
2062Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 4390
2164Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 4314
2266Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 4126
2367Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 3995
2468Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 3991
2569Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 3987
2670Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 3945
2772Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 3669
2873Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 3660
2974Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 3553
3075Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2021).svg  Afghanistan 3368

Controversy

AFC Champions League

In 2020 AFC Champions League, the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from 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. [30] [31] The 4 AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed. [32] [33] 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. [34] [35] [36]

World Cup qualifiers

Tensions between the 2 Koreas during the 2010 World Cup qualification had led North Korea to withdraw from hosting 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. [37]

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. North Korean government banned supporters from entering the stadium. The match ended a goalless draw, and 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. AFC was accused of doing little about the case, which led to AFC to decide the final of the 2019 AFC Cup would not be hosted in North Korea. [38]

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. [39] On 12 August 2020, FIFA and 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. [40]

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