|Formation||7 May 1954|
|Founded at||Manila, Philippines|
|Headquarters||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Asia and Australia|
|47 member associations|
| English |
|Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa|
|Datuk Seri Windsor John|
|AFC, CAF, CONCACAF|
|CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA|
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.
|AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President|
|FIFA Council Members|
|AFC Vice Presidents|
|AFC Executive Committee Members|
|Official Global Partners|
|Official Global Supporters|
|Official Regional Partners|
|AFC Champions League Partners|
It has 47 member associations split into 5 regions. Some nations proposed a South West Asian Federation that would not interfere with AFC zones.Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were founding members.
| IOC |
|ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)|
|Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)|
|East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)|
|NMI||Northern Mariana Islands||2005||N/A||2020||No|
|South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)|
|West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)|
|UAE||United Arab Emirates||1971||1974||1974||Yes|
|Israel||1954–1974||Expelled 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. Became a full UEFA member in 1994.|
|New Zealand||1964||Founding member of OFC in 1966.|
|South Yemen||1972–1990||Joined North Yemen as Yemen.|
|Kazakhstan||1993–2002||Joined UEFA in 2002.|
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.
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.
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.
AFC runs an annual Asian futsal club tournament, the AFC Futsal Club Championship for futsal club competition.
|AFC Asian Cup||2019 (Final)||Qatar||1st||Japan||2023 (Final)|
|AFC Solidarity Cup||2016 (Final)||Nepal||1st||Macau||2024 (Final)|
|Men's Asian Games Football Tournament||2018 (Final)||South Korea||5th||Japan||2023 (Final)|
|AFC U-23 Asian Cup||2022 (Final)||Saudi Arabia||1st||Uzbekistan||2024 (Final)|
|AFC U-20 Asian Cup||2018 (Final)||Saudi Arabia||3rd||South Korea||2023 (Final)|
|AFC U-17 Asian Cup||2018 (Final)||Japan||3rd||Tajikistan||2023 (Final)|
|Boys' Asian Youth Games Football Tournament||2013||South Korea||2nd||Iran||2025|
|AFC Futsal Asian Cup||2022 (Final)||Japan||4th||Iran||2026 (Final)|
|Men's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament||2017||Iran||5th||Uzbekistan||2023|
|AFC U-20 Futsal Asian Cup||2019 (Final)||Japan||1st||Afghanistan||2023 (Final)|
|AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup||2019 (Final)||Japan||3rd||United Arab Emirates||2023 (Final)|
|Men's Asian Beach Games Beach Soccer Tournament||2016||Japan||1st||Oman||2023|
|National teams (women)|
|AFC Women's Asian Cup||2022 (Final)||China||9th||South Korea||2026 (Final)|
|Women's Asian Games Football Tournament||2018 (Final)||Japan||2nd||China||2023 (Final)|
|AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament||2020 (Play-off)||—||—||—||2024 (Play-off)|
|AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup||2019 (Final)||Japan||6th||North Korea||2024 (Final)|
|AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup||2019 (Final)||Japan||4th||North Korea||2024 (Final)|
|AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup||2018 (Final)||Iran||2nd||Japan||2022 (Final)|
|Women's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament||2017||Thailand||1st||Japan||2023|
|AFC Champions League||2021 (Final)||Al-Hilal||4th||Pohang Steelers||2022 (Final)|
|AFC Cup||2022 (Final)||Al-Seeb||1st||Kuala Lumpur City||2023–24 (Final)|
|AFC Futsal Club Championship||2019 (Final)||Nagoya Oceans||4th||Mes Sungun||2023 (Final)|
|Club teams (women)|
|AFC Women's Club Championship||2021||Amman||1st||Shahrdari Sirjan||2022 (Final)|
|Afro-Asian Cup of Nations||2007||Japan||2nd||Egypt|
|AFC-OFC Challenge Cup||2003||Iran||1st||New Zealand|
|AFC Challenge Cup||2014||Palestine||1st||Philippines|
|AFC U-14 Championship||2014||Iraq||1st||North Korea|
|Afro-Asian Club Championship||1998||Raja Casablanca||1st||Pohang Steelers|
|Asian Cup Winners' Cup||2001–02||Al-Hilal||2nd||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|President's Cup||2014||HTTU Asgabat||1st||Rimyongsu|
|Asian Super Cup||2002||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2nd||Al-Hilal|
|Nation||Men||Women||Futsal||Beach Soccer||Club||Inter Conf.||Nation||Total|
|South Korea||2||5||1||12||2||2||2||1||12||3||1||2||South Korea||45|
|Saudi Arabia||3||1||3||2||6||6||3||Saudi Arabia||24|
|North Korea||2||1||3||2||3||3||1||3||North Korea||18|
|Chinese Taipei||2||3||1||Chinese Taipei||6|
|United Arab Emirates||1||2||1||1||United Arab Emirates||5|
|New Zealand||1||New Zealand||1|
|8||70||1||United Arab Emirates||1337.57|
|*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points|
|22||114||10||United Arab Emirates||1158.26|
|*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points|
|2005||Japan||Iran||South Korea||Saudi Arabia|
|2004||Japan||Iran||South Korea||Saudi Arabia|
|2003||South Korea||Saudi Arabia||Iran||Japan|
|2002||South Korea||Japan||Iran||Saudi Arabia|
|2001||Iran||Saudi Arabia||Japan||South Korea|
|2000||Saudi Arabia||Iran||Japan||South Korea|
|1999||Saudi Arabia||Iran||South Korea||United Arab Emirates|
|1997||Japan||South Korea||Saudi Arabia||Australia|
|1996||Japan||Saudi Arabia||South Korea||Australia|
|1995||Japan||South Korea||Australia||Saudi Arabia|
|1994||Saudi Arabia||South Korea||Japan||China|
|1993||Saudi Arabia||South Korea||Japan||Australia|
|2022||North Korea||Australia||Japan||South Korea|
|2021||North Korea||Australia||Japan||South Korea|
|2018||Australia||Japan||North Korea||South Korea|
|2017||Australia||Japan||North Korea||South Korea|
|2013||Japan||Australia||North Korea||South Korea|
|2012||Japan||Australia||North Korea||South Korea|
|2011||Japan||North Korea||Australia||South Korea|
|2006||North Korea||China||Japan||South Korea|
|2005||North Korea||China||Japan||South Korea|
|2004||China||North Korea||Japan||Chinese Taipei|
|2003||China||North Korea||Japan||Chinese Taipei|
World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members:
|AFC||Elo Rankings||Country||Elo ratings||1 year change|
|14||94||United Arab Emirates||1,449||12|
|47||238||Northern Mariana Islands||409|
The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by AFC.Listed here are the top 30 countries.
|7||United Arab Emirates||61.870|
Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW).
|AFC rank||World rank||Country||Points|
|3||14||United Arab Emirates||945|
Per 16 May 2022:
|25||97||United Arab Emirates||737||8|
a number between brackets is the rank of the previous week. (*)= Provisional ranking (played at least 10 matches) (**)= Inactive for more than 24 months
AFC Women's National Futsal Team Ranking by The Roon Ba
Update: March 2022
|25||69||United Arab Emirates||3987|
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.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. 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
Union of European Football Associations is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach football in Europe and the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, as well as one Asian country Israel. UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national teams and clubs from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.
Football is the most popular sport in Iran, with wrestling and volleyball as close contenders. Football has been a part of life for Iranians for many decades now and is played in schools, streets, and football clubs nationwide.
The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is one of the six continental confederations of international association football. The OFC has 13 members, 11 of which are full members and two which are associate members not affiliated with FIFA. It promotes the game in Oceania and allows the member nations to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
The South American Football Confederation is the continental governing body of soccer in South America and it is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The oldest continental confederation in the world, its headquarters are located in Luque, Paraguay, near Asunción. CONMEBOL is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments. With 10 member soccer associations, it has the fewest members of all the confederations in FIFA.
The Confederation of African Football, or CAF for short, is the administrative and controlling body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Africa. It was established on 8 February 1957 at the Grand Hotel in Khartoum, Sudan by the national football associations of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan, following formal discussions between the aforementioned associations at the FIFA Congress held on 7 June 1956 at Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal.
The AFC Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation, and contested by Asia's top-division football clubs. It is the most prestigious club competition in Asian football, played by the national league champions of their national associations.
The Laos national football team is the men's national football team that represents the Lao People's Democratic Republic. It is affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
The West Asian Football Federation, founded in 2001, is an association of the football playing nations in Western Asia. Its founding members are Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. In 2009, three more associations joined the federation: Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Four other nations of Western Asia: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia joined in 2010. Iran left the federation on 10 June 2014 with the creation of the Central Asian Football Federation.
The Japan women's national football team, or nicknamed Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in women's association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd, achieved in December 2011.
The Iran national futsal team represents Iran in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Futsal Commission of the Iranian Football Federation. According to the Futsal World Ranking, it is ranked 5th in the world, and 1st amongst Asian Football Confederation members.
The Japan national futsal team represents Japan in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. It is one of the strongest futsal teams in Asia, the champions in the 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup. Japan has also played in five FIFA Futsal World Cups.
The Thailand national futsal team represents Thailand in international futsal competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Thailand.
The Japan national beach soccer team represents Japan in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the JFA, the governing body for football in Japan. One of the leading Asian beach soccer teams, Japan's best performance at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was second place in 2021.
The Australia women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Australia, which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is "the Matildas", having been known as the "Female Socceroos" before 1995.
The Oman national beach soccer team represents Oman in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the Oman Football Association, the governing body for football in Oman.
The following were the events of association football for the year 2019 throughout the world.
The 2020 AFC Futsal Championship would have been the 16th edition of the AFC Futsal Championship, the biennial international futsal championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's national teams of Asia. A total of 16 teams would have taken part in the tournament.
The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process determines 30 of the 32 teams which will play in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand qualifying automatically. It is the ninth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament is the first Women's World Cup to be hosted in multiple countries, the third by an AFC member association after the 1991 and 2007 Women's World Cups in China, the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, the first senior FIFA tournament in Oceania, and also the first FIFA tournament to be hosted across multiple confederations.
The 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup was to be the 23rd edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. It was scheduled to be hosted by Indonesia between 20 May and 12 June 2021, which would be the first FIFA tournament hosted by the country. It would also be only the second U-20 World Cup to be held in Southeast Asia, first since 1997, and the first FIFA tournament in the region since the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
The 2021 AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup was originally to be the 10th edition of the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, the premier beach soccer tournament contested by Asian men's national teams, organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Asian Games (sic) Football Confederation was formed in Manila yesterday.