Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian 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, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries (both are Special administrative regions of China), are also members of the AFC.

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

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

History

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 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 Championship.

Member associations

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.[8][9][10]

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
LIB Lebanon(M, W)193319361964Yes
OMA Oman(M, W)197819801980Yes
PLE Palestine(M, W)192819951995Yes
QAT Qatar(M, W)196019721974Yes
KSA Saudi Arabia(M, W)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
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN China PR(M, W)192419311974Yes
GUM Guam[m 1](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 3]
MNG Mongolia(M, W)195919981993Yes
NMI Northern Mariana Islands[m 1][m 4](M, W)2005N/A2009No[m 5]
TPE Chinese Taipei[m 6](M, W)193619541954Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS Australia[m 1][m 7](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

Notes

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

Former members

Competitions

International

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

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

Club

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

A second, lower-ranked competition is the AFC Cup. This competition was launched by AFC in 2004. A third competition, the AFC President's Cup, which had started in 2005, was absorbed into the AFC Cup in 2015.[13]

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

Current title holders

Competitions Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Clubs (Men)
AFC Champions League Al-Hilal 3rd Urawa Red Diamonds 2020
AFC Cup Al-Ahed 1st April 25 2020
AFC Futsal Club Championship Nagoya Oceans 4th Mes Sungun 2020
National Teams (Men)
AFC Asian Cup  Qatar 1st  Japan 2023
AFC U-23 Championship  Uzbekistan 1st  Vietnam 2020
AFC U-19 Championship  Saudi Arabia 3rd  South Korea 2020
AFC U-16 Championship  Japan 3rd  Tajikistan 2020
AFC U-14 Championship  Iraq 1st  North Korea 2022
AFC Solidarity Cup    Nepal 1st  Macau 2020
AFC Futsal Championship  Iran 12th  Japan 2020
AFC U-20 Futsal Championship  Japan 1st  Afghanistan 2021
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates 2021
Clubs (Women)
AFC Women's Club Championship Nippon TV Beleza 1st Jiangsu Suning 2020
National Teams (Women)
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 2nd  Australia 2022
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  Japan 6th  North Korea 2022
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  Japan 4th  North Korea 2022
AFC Women's Futsal Championship  Iran 2nd  Japan 2020

AFC competitions

Sponsors and Supporters

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners")[14]

Rankings

Beach soccer national teams

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). The table shows the current top ten, last updated 12 March 2018.

AFC BSWW Country Points
1 5  Iran 2019
2 12  Japan 1215
3 13  United Arab Emirates 1177
4 22  Oman 833
5 35  Lebanon 465
6 51  China 242
7 56  Palestine 236
8 57  Bahrain 219
9 58  Thailand 215
10 64  Afghanistan 179
11 71  Malaysia 141
12 74  Qatar 120
13 76  Iraq 114
14 86  Syria 75
15 87  Vietnam 66
16 89  Kuwait 62
17 89  Kyrgyzstan 62
18 96  Uzbekistan 45
19 97  Saudi Arabia 40
20 101  Laos 25
21 113  Australia 0
22 115  Yemen 0
23 116  Philippines 0
24 117  Indonesia 0

Men's Futsal

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 5  Iran 1643 1
2 15  Japan 1378 1
3 19  Thailand 1292
4 26  Australia 1203
5 29  Uzbekistan 1199 1
6 42  Lebanon 1103 1
7 43  Kuwait 1091 3
8 44  Kyrgyzstan 1049 2
9 45  Vietnam 1047 2
10 53  Iraq 958 7
11 55  Indonesia 954 1
12 58  Malaysia 913 5
13 67  Jordan 877 1
14 68  Turkmenistan 869 4
15 71  Tajikistan 847 10
16 72  South Korea 845 1
17 74  China PR 833 4
18 75  Saudi Arabia 826 6
19 77  Chinese Taipei 816 2
20 80  Qatar 807 18
21 81  Myanmar 801 2
22 86  United Arab Emirates 789 5
23 89  Bahamas 780 10
24 92  Oman 754 1
25 94  Afghanistan 743 5
26 97  Hong Kong 663 3
27 99  Palestine 655
28 101  Cambodia 597 4
29 102  Laos 596 4
30 103  Mongolia 587 2
31 104  Timor-Leste 582 5
32 107  Macau 541 4
33 108  Philippines 540 4
34 109  Brunei 528 4
- -  Syria** 651
- -  Singapore** 614
- -    Nepal* 588
- -  Yemen* 578
- -  Bhutan* 543
- -  Guam** 486
- -  Maldives** 457

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

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

Women's Futsal

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-

Hall of Fame

Major tournaments

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

FIFA World Cup

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)
Total
 South Korea × × × × 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
 Qatar Did not exist × × q 1
 China PR × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 United Arab Emirates Did not exist × × GS 1
 Iraq Did not exist × × × × × × × GS 1
 Kuwait Did not exist × × × × × × GS 1
 Indonesia[23] × × 1S × × × × × × 1
 Israel Did not exist GS Not a member of AFC 1
Total00101001101122244444537

FIFA Women's World Cup

Team
1991
(12)

1995
(12)

1999
(16)

2003
(16)

2007
(16)

2011
(16)

2015
(24)

2019
(24)

2023
(32)
Total
 Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st 2nd R16 8
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF QF R16 7
 North Korea × GS GS QF GS × 4
 Australia Part of OFC QF QF QF R16 4
 South Korea GS R16 GS 3
 Thailand GS GS 2
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
Total32344355 29

AFC Asian Cup

Team
1956

1960

1964

1968

1972

1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004




2007

2011

2015

2019

2023
Total
 Australia QF 2nd 1st QF 4
 Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS R16 6
 Bangladesh GS 1
 Cambodia 4th 1
 China PR 3rd GS 2nd 4th 3rd QF 4th 2nd GS GS QF QF 12
 Chinese Taipei 3rd 4th 2
 Hong Kong 3rd 4th 5th 3
 India 2nd GS GS GS 4
 Indonesia GS GS GS GS 4
 Iran 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd GS 3rd QF 3rd QF QF QF SF 14
 Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th R16 9
 Israel 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 4
 Japan GS 1st QF 1st 1st 4th 1st QF 2nd 9
 Jordan QF QF GS R16 4
 Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
 Kyrgyzstan R16 1
 Lebanon GS GS 2
 Malaysia GS GS GS 3
 Myanmar 2nd 1
 North Korea 4th GS GS GS GS 5
 Oman GS GS GS R16 4
 Palestine GS GS 2
 Philippines GS 1
 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
 Singapore GS 1
 South Korea 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd GS 2nd QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 2nd QF 14
 South Yemen GS 1
 Syria GS GS GS GS GS GS 6
 Thailand 3rd GS GS GS GS GS R16 7
 Turkmenistan GS GS 2
 United Arab Emirates GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd SF 10
 Uzbekistan GS GS QF QF 4th QF R16 7
 Vietnam 4th 4th QF QF 4
 Yemen GS 1
Total44456610101081212161616162424

AFC Women's Asian Cup

Team
1975

1977

1979

1981

1983

1986

1989

1991

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

2006

2008

2010

2014

2018

2022
Total
 Australia 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 2nd 7
 China PR 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 14
 Chinese Taipei 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd GS GS GS GS 13
 Guam GS GS GS GS 4
 Hong Kong GS GS 4th 4th GS GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 14
 India 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS GS GS 8
 Indonesia 4th GS 4th GS 4
 Japan GS GS 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 16
 Jordan GS GS 2
 Kazakhstan GS GS GS 3
 North Korea GS 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 10
 South Korea GS GS 4th GS GS 4th 3rd GS GS GS 4th 5th 12
 Malaysia 4th GS 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS 9
 Myanmar GS GS GS GS 4
   Nepal GS GS GS 3
 New Zealand 1st 1
 Philippines GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th 9
 Singapore GS 3rd GS 4th GS GS GS 7
 Thailand 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 5th 4th 16
 Uzbekistan GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Vietnam GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th GS 8
Total66686789811111514149888812174

Other international tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

Team
1992
(4)

1995
(6)

1997
(8)

1999
(8)


2001
(8)

2003
(8)

2005
(8)

2009
(8)

2013
(8)

2017
(8)
Total
 Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
 Australia Part of OFC GS 1
 Iraq GS 1
 South Korea GS 1
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total122121111113

Summer Olympics for men

Team 1900 to 1928
1936
(16)

1948
(18)

1952
(25)

1956
(11)

1960
(16)

1964
(14)

1968
(16)

1972
(16)

1976
(13)

1980
(16)

1984
(16)

1988
(16)

1992
(16)

1996
(16)

2000
(16)

2004
(16)

2008
(16)

2012
(16)

2016
(16)

2020
(16)
Total
 Japan QF GS QF 3rd GS QF GS GS 4th GS q 11
 South Korea QF GS GS GS GS GS QF GS 3rd QF 10
 Iraq not a member of AFC QF GS GS 4th GS 5
 India GS GS 4th GS 4
 China GS GS GS 3
 Kuwait QF GS GS 3
 Iran GS GS QF 3
 Saudi Arabia GS GS 2
 Qatar GS QF 2
 Thailand GS GS 2
 Chinese Taipei GS GS 2
 Israel QF QF not a member of AFC 2
 United Arab Emirates not a member of AFC GS 1
 Australia Part of OFC GS 1
 Syria GS 1
 North Korea QF 1
 Malaysia GS 1
 Myanmar GS 1
 Indonesia QF 1
 Afghanistan GS 1
Total02414233333333333433460

Summer Olympics for women

Team
1996
(8)

2000
(8)

2004
(10)

2008
(12)

2012
(12)

2016
(12)

2020
(12)
Total
 China2nd5th9th5th8th5
 Japan7th7th4th2ndq5
 North Korea9th9th2
 Australia7th1
Total212322313

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Team
1977
(16)

1979
(16)

1981
(16)

1983
(16)

1985
(16)

1987
(16)

1989
(16)

1991
(16)

1993
(16)

1995
(16)

1997
(24)

1999
(24)

2001
(24)

2003
(24)

2005
(24)

2007
(24)

2009
(24)

2011
(24)

2013
(24)

2015
(24)

2017
(24)

2019
(24)
Total
 South Korea GS GS 4th QF GS GS GS R16 GS GS QF R16 QF R16 2nd 15
 Japan GS QF QF 2nd GS QF R16 R16 R16 R16 10
 Saudi Arabia GS GS GS GS GS GS R16 R16 GS 9
 China PR GS QF GS R16 R16 5
 Qatar 2nd GS GS GS 4
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR GS GS QF QF 4
 Iraq GS QF GS 4th 4
 Syria GS QF GS R16 4
 Iran GS GS GS 3
 North Korea GS GS GS 3
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS GS 3
 United Arab Emirates R16 QF QF 3
 Vietnam GS 1
 Myanmar GS 1
 Jordan GS 1
 Malaysia GS 1
 Bahrain GS 1
 Indonesia GS 1
 Kazakhstan Part of USSR GS Part of UEFA 1
Total2322223223544544444454 74

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

Team
2002
(12)

2004
(12)

2006
(16)

2008
(16)

2010
(16)

2012
(16)

2014
(16)

2016
(16)

2018
(16)

2020
(16)
Total
 North Korea 1st2ndQFQF4th1stQFq8
 Japan QFQFGS3rd3rd1stq7
 China PR 2nd2ndGSGSGSGS6
 South Korea GS3rdQFQFGSq6
 Australia GS1
 Thailand GS1
 Chinese Taipei GS1
Total2333343333 27

FIFA U-17 World Cup

Team
1985
(16)

1987
(16)

1989
(16)

1991
(16)

1993
(16)

1995
(16)

1997
(16)

1999
(16)

2001
(16)

2003
(16)

2005
(16)

2007
(24)

2009
(24)

2011
(24)

2013
(24)

2015
(24)

2017
(24)

2019
(24)
Total
 Japan QF GS GS GS GS QF R16 R16 R16 9
 Qatar GS QF 4th GS GS QF GS 7
 South Korea QF GS GS QF R16 QF 6
 China PR QF GS GS GS GS QF 6
 North Korea QF R16 GS R16 GS 5
 Iran GS R16 R16 QF 4
 Australia Part of OFC R16 R16 R16 3
 United Arab Emirates GS R16 GS 3
 Oman 4th QF GS 3
 Saudi Arabia QF GS 1st 3
 Tajikistan Part of USSR R16 GS 2
 Iraq GS R16 2
 Syria R16 GS 2
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR QF R16 2
 Thailand GS GS 2
 Bahrain 4th GS 2
 India GS 1
 Yemen GS 1
Total333333323335445454 63

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Team
2008
(16)

2010
(16)

2012
(16)

2014
(16)

2016
(16)

2018
(16)

2020
(16)
Total
 Japan QF2ndQF1st2ndQFq7
 North Korea 1st4th2ndGS1stQFq7
 South Korea QF1stGS3
 China PR GSGS2
 India q1
 Jordan GS1
Total3333333 21

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Nation
1989
(16)

1992
(16)

1996
(16)

2000
(16)

2004
(16)

2008
(20)

2012
(24)

2016
(24)

2020
(24)
Years
 Iran4thGSGSGSQFR163rd7
 ThailandGSGSGSR16R165
 JapanGSGSGSR164
 ChinaGSGSGS3
 AustraliaPart of OFCGSGS2
 UzbekistanPart of USSRGS1
 VietnamR161
 KuwaitGS1
 Chinese TaipeiGS1
 MalaysiaGS1
 Hong KongGS1
 Saudi ArabiaGS1
 KazakhstanPart of USSRGSPart of UEFA1
Total23334455534

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Nation
1995
(8)

1996
(8)

1997
(8)

1998
(10)

1999
(12)

2000
(12)

2001
(12)

2002
(8)

2003
(8)

2004
(12)

2005
(12)

2006
(16)

2007
(16)

2008
(16)

2009
(16)

2011
(16)

2013
(16)

2015
(16)

2017
(16)

2019
(16)
Years
 JapanGSQF4thGS4thQFGSGSQFGSQFQFGS4th14
 IranGSGSGSGSQFQF3rd7
 United Arab EmiratesGSGSGSGSGSGS6
 OmanGSGSGS3
 BahrainQFGS2
 Thailand4thGS2
 MalaysiaGS1
Total0010211100233333333335

AFC Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[24]
FIFA Council Members[24]
AFC Vice Presidents[24]
AFC Executive Committee Members[24]
  • Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Hachem Haider
  • Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada Sadat
  • Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Chris Nikou
  • Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Mahfuza Akhter Kiron
  • Kanya Keomany
  • Han Un-gyong
General Secretary
  • Windsor John

See also

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