Asian Football Confederation

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Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
MottoOne Asia One Goal
Formation8 May 1954;66 years ago (1954-05-08)
Founded at Manila, Philippines
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia (AFC)
47 member associations
Official language
English, Arabic [1]
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
Vice Presidents
General Secretary
Windsor John [2] [3]
Parent organization

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.


The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 1954. 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. [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 ChaAsian Cupmpionship.[ 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]
General Secretary

Member associations

AFC regional federations Asean Football Federation countries.PNG
AFC regional federations
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia AFC Headquarters.jpg
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. [9] [10] [11]

Code AssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHRFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (M, W)195719681969Yes
IRQFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (M, W)194819501970Yes
JORFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan (M, W)194919561970Yes
KUWFlag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (M, W)195219641964Yes
LBNFlag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon (M, W)193319361964Yes
OMAFlag of Oman.svg  Oman (M, W)197819801980Yes
PLEFlag of Palestine.svg  Palestine (M, W)192819951995Yes
QATFlag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (M, W)196019721974Yes
KSAFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (M)195619561972Yes
SYRFlag of Syria.svg  Syria (M, W)193619371970Yes
UAEFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (M, W)197119741974Yes
YEMFlag of Yemen.svg  Yemen (M, W)196219801980Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFGFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan (M, W)193319481954Yes
IRNFlag of Iran.svg  Iran (M, W)192019481954Yes
KGZFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan (M, W)199219941993Yes
TJKFlag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan (M, W)193619941993Yes
TKMFlag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan (M, W)199219941993Yes
UZBFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan (M, W)194619941993Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BANFlag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh (M, W)197219761974Yes
BHUFlag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan (M, W)198320001993Yes
INDFlag of India.svg  India (M, W)193719481954Yes
MDVFlag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (M, W)198219861984Yes
NEPFlag of Nepal.svg    Nepal (M, W)195119721954Yes
PAKFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan (M, W)194719481954Yes
SRIFlag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka (M, W)193919521954Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUSFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia [m 1] [m 2] (M, W)196119632006Yes [m 3]
BRUFlag of Brunei.svg  Brunei (M, W)195219721969Yes
CAMFlag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia (M, W)193319541954Yes
IDNFlag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (M, W)193019521954Yes
LAOFlag of Laos.svg  Laos (M, W)195119521968Yes
MASFlag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (M, W)193319541954Yes
MYAFlag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar (M, W)194719481954Yes
PHIFlag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines (M, W)190719301954Yes
SINFlag of Singapore.svg  Singapore (M, W)189219521954Yes
THAFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (M, W)191619251954Yes
TLSFlag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste (M, W)200220052002Yes
VIEFlag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam (M, W)196019521954Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHNFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (M, W)192419311974Yes
TPEFlag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei [m 4] (M, W)193619541954Yes
GUMFlag of Guam.svg  Guam [m 1] (M, W)197519961991Yes [m 3]
HKGFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong (M, W)191419541954Yes
JPNFlag of Japan.svg  Japan (M, W)192119211954Yes
PRKFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea (M, W)194519581974Yes
KORFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (M, W)192819481954Yes
MACFlag of Macau.svg  Macau (M, W)193919781978No [m 5]
MNGFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia (M, W)195919981993Yes
NMIFlag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg  Northern Mariana Islands [m 1] [m 6] (M, W)2005N/A2009No [m 7]


  1. 1 2 3 Oceania country or territory, but AFC member.
  2. Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–1972, 1978–2006), joined AFC.
  3. 1 2 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


AFC competitions


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 .


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

CompetitionYearChampionsTitleRunners-upNext edition
National teams (Men's)
Asian Cup 2019 Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar 1stFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2023
Solidarity Cup 2016 Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 1stFlag of Macau.svg  Macau 2020 (Nov.–Dec.)
Asian Games Men's tournament 2018 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 5thFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2022
U-23 Championship 2020 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1stFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 2022
U-19 Championship 2018 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 3rdFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2020 (Oct.)
U-16 Championship 2018 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rdFlag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 2020 (Nov.–Dec.)
Futsal Championship 2018 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 12thFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2020 (Nov.)
U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1stFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 2021
Beach Soccer Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rdFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2021
Beach Games Beach Soccer 2016 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1stFlag of Oman.svg  Oman 2020
National teams (Women's)
Women's Asian Cup 2018 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2ndFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2022
Asian Games Women's tournament 2018 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2ndFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 2022
Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam
U-19 Women's Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6thFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2022
U-16 Women's Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4thFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2022
Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 2ndFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2020 TBC
Clubs (Men's)
Champions League 2019 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 3rd Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 2020
AFC Cup 2019 Flag of Lebanon.svg Al-Ahed 1st Flag of North Korea.svg 25 April 2020
Futsal Club Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Oceans 4th Flag of Iran.svg Mes Sungun 2020
Clubs (Women's)
Women's Club Championship 2019 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo Verdy Beleza 1st Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 2020 (Nov.)

Sponsors and supporters

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


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.

1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 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


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

Rank IFFHS ClubPoints
162 Flag of South Korea.svg Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 153
268 Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 149.5
377 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Duhail 142
495 Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai 133.5
598 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain 131
6105 Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 126
7118 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 116.5
8127 Flag of Thailand.svg Buriram United 114.5
9130 Flag of Qatar.svg Al Sadd 113.5
10135 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli 112.5

Men's futsal

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

AFC FIFA CountryPoints+/-
16Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1603Steady2.svg
215Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1378Steady2.svg
319Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1323Steady2.svg
424Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1221Increase2.svg 2
532Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1177Steady2.svg
641Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 1103Steady2.svg
742Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1079Steady2.svg
844Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1064Steady2.svg
945Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1046Steady2.svg
1047Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1000Steady2.svg
1153Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 970Increase2.svg 3
1262Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 899Steady2.svg
1366Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 877Increase2.svg 1
1468Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 872Steady2.svg
1570Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 863Steady2.svg
1672Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 857Steady2.svg
1773Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 848Steady2.svg
1874Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 840Steady2.svg
1980Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 807Decrease2.svg 1
2082Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 804Increase2.svg 6
2183Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei 803Decrease2.svg 2
2285Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 793Decrease2.svg 1
2391Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 767Steady2.svg
2391Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 767Steady2.svg
2594Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 738Steady2.svg
26101Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 655Steady2.svg
27102Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 622Steady2.svg
28103Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 609Steady2.svg
29104Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 588Steady2.svg
30105Flag of East Timor.svg  East Timor 581Increase2.svg 1
31108Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 535Decrease2.svg 1
32110Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 528Decrease2.svg 1
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos**596
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines**540
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria**651
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore**614
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal*588
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen*578
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan*543
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam**486
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives**457

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

Beach soccer national teams

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

AFC rankWorld rankCountryPoints
15Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 2489
26Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2316
314Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1457
420Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 896
538Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 394
651Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 236
753Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 229
854Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 220
960Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 182
1069Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 143
1170Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 141
1274Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 114
1376Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 106
1486Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 76
1588Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 62
1688Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 62
1794Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 51
1895Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 40
19101Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 22
20103Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 12
21115Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0
22117Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 0
23118Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 0
24119Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 0