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.

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 Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo)
Asian Football Confederation member associations map
AbbreviationAFC
MottoOne Asia One Goal
Formation8 May 1954
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-president
General Secretary
Dato' Windsor John[2][3]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.the-afc.com

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 is the second oldest football competition in the world, with only four teams competing with each other in Hong Kong[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.

AFC's Biggest Rivalries

Such rivalry can also be seen between Japan, which is ranked 50th was the best Asian performing team in the 2018 World Cup as it almost made it to the final 8. It has been able to knock out Australia twice in the 2011 finals and also in the 2007 quarter-final. Another team, which is considered to be the strongest team in Asia is Iran. Iran has solid defense, skillful attackers and its impressive performance during the World Cup, their strongest rival in Asia has been Saudi Arabia with six wins out of the eleven encounters the two teams have had. It is interesting to watch the two teams play as there is a lot of religious disagreement between the two countries as the Saudis are mainly Sunni muslims and the Iranians being Shia muslims therefore, you ycan always see entertaining games such as the 1996 AFC Asian Cup match where Saudi Arab triumphed 4-3 on penalties. Another great example of historical rivalry can be seen with Japan and South Korea due to the geographical factors, and when they meet on the soccer pitch, all the hostilities between the two countries come in front. The best example of their intense rivalry can be seen in the 1954 game between South Korean and Japan, when the first president of South Korea Rhee Syngman said if his team was to lose in Tokyo, it would be better if the South Korean team did not return home. The invigorating statement worked and South Korea prevailed with a 5-1 victory against Japan.[8][9][10][11]

Associations

Asean Football Federation countries
AFC regional federations

The AFC has 47 member associations splitting into five regions. Several nations proposed a South West Asian Federation but that will not interfere with AFC zones.[12][13][14]

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHR  Bahrain (M, W) 1957 1968 1969 Yes
IRQ  Iraq (M, W) 1948 1950 1970 Yes
JOR  Jordan (M, W) 1949 1956 1970 Yes
KUW  Kuwait (M, W) 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LIB  Lebanon (M, W) 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA  Oman (M, W) 1978 1980 1980 Yes
PLE  Palestine (M, W) 1928 1995 1995 Yes
QAT  Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1974 Yes
KSA  Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR  Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1970 Yes
UAE  United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM  Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1980 Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFG  Afghanistan (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
IRN  Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1954 Yes
KGZ  Kyrgyzstan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
TJK  Tajikistan (M, W) 1936 1994 1993 Yes
TKM  Turkmenistan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
UZB  Uzbekistan (M, W) 1946 1994 1993 Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BAN  Bangladesh (M, W) 1972 1976 1974 Yes
BHU  Bhutan (M, W) 1983 2000 1993 Yes
IND  India (M, W) 1937 1948 1954 Yes
MDV  Maldives (M, W) 1982 1986 1984 Yes
NEP    Nepal (M, W) 1951 1972 1954 Yes
PAK  Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI  Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1954 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN  China PR (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
GUM  Guam[m 1] (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes[m 2]
HKG  Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN  Japan (M, W) 1921 1921 1954 Yes
PRK  North Korea (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR  South Korea (M, W) 1928 1948 1954 Yes
MAC  Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 No[m 3]
MNG  Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI  Northern Mariana Islands[m 1][m 4] (M, W) 2005 N/A 2009 No[m 5]
TPE  Chinese Taipei[m 6] (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS  Australia[m 1][m 7] (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes[m 2]
BRU  Brunei (M, W) 1952 1972 1969 Yes
CAM  Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
IDN  Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO  Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1968 Yes
MAS  Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
MYA  Myanmar (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
PHI  Philippines (M, W) 1907 1930 1954 Yes
SIN  Singapore (M, W) 1892 1952 1954 Yes
THA  Thailand (M, W) 1916 1925 1954 Yes
TLS  Timor-Leste (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE  Vietnam (M, W) 1960 1952 1954 Yes

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Oceania country or territory, but AFC member.
  2. ^ a b 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.[17]

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

Current title holders

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next edition
Clubs (Men)
AFC Champions League Japan Kashima Antlers 1st Iran Persepolis 2019
AFC Cup Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3rd Turkmenistan Altyn Asyr 2019
AFC Futsal Club Championship Iran Mes Sungun 1st Vietnam Thái Sơn Nam 2019
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 TBD
AFC Solidarity Cup    Nepal 1st  Macau 2020
AFC Futsal Championship  Iran 12th  Japan 2020
AFC U-20 Futsal Championship  Japan 1st  Afghanistan 2019
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates 2021
National Teams (Women)
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 2nd  Australia 2022
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  Japan 5th  North Korea 2019
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  North Korea 3rd  South Korea 2019
AFC Women's Futsal Championship  Iran 2nd  Japan 2020

AFC-sanctioned competitions

Clubs:

Defunct

National teams:

Defunct

Intercontinental:

Defunct

Sponsors And Supporters

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners")[18]

Rankings

Men's national teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.

AFC and FIFA Rankings (as of 14 June 2019)[19]
AFC* FIFA +/- National Team Points
1 20 Increase 1  Iran 1518
2 28 Decrease 2  Japan 1496
3 37 Steady  South Korea 1467
4 43 Decrease 2  Australia 1436
5 55 Steady  Qatar 1396
6 67 Steady  United Arab Emirates 1360
7 69 Increase 3  Saudi Arabia 1342
8 73 Increase 1  China PR 1333
9 77 Decrease 1  Iraq 1315
10 82 Increase 3  Uzbekistan 1286
11 85 Decrease 2  Syria 1278
12 86 Steady  Lebanon 1277
12 86 Steady  Oman 1277
14 95 Steady  Kyrgyzstan 1252
15 96 Increase 2  Vietnam 1232
16 98 Decrease 1  Jordan 1229
17 100 Decrease 1  Palestine 1224
18 101 Steady  India 1219
19 110 Increase 1  Bahrain 1188
20 116 Decrease 2  Thailand 1165
21 120 Steady  Tajikistan 1151
22 122 Decrease 1  North Korea 1148
23 125 Steady  Chinese Taipei 1132
24 126 Decrease 2  Philippines 1131
25 135 Increase 1  Turkmenistan 1091
26 138 Increase 2  Myanmar 1084
27 141 Steady  Hong Kong 1074
28 144 Increase 2  Yemen 1073
29 149 Steady  Afghanistan 1058
30 151 Steady  Maldives 1046
31 156 Steady  Kuwait 1022
32 159 Increase 9  Malaysia 1009
33 160 Decrease 1  Indonesia 1005
34 162 Decrease 2  Singapore 999
35 165 Decrease 4    Nepal 995
36 169 Increase 4  Cambodia 988
37 182 Increase 1  Macau 936
38 183 Increase 5  Bangladesh 922
39 186 Steady  Bhutan 916
40 187 Steady  Mongolia 914
41 188 Decrease 4  Laos 912
42 190 Increase 3  Guam 908
43 193 Increase 1  Brunei 904
44 200 Decrease 5  Timor-Leste 879
45 201 Increase 1  Sri Lanka 872
46 205 Decrease 5  Pakistan 867
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points

Top ranked men's national teams

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 team
Iran 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 team

Women's national teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[20] The table shows the current top thirty-one, last updated 29 March 2019.

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 6  Australia 2003 Steady
2 7  Japan 1991 Increase +1
3 11  North Korea 1940 Steady
4 14  South Korea 1883 Steady
5 16  China PR 1866 Decrease -1
6 34  Thailand 1658 Decrease -5
7 35  Vietnam 1638 Steady
8 40  Chinese Taipei 1574 Steady
9 42  Uzbekistan 1545 Decrease –42
10 44  Myanmar 1530 Steady
11 54  Jordan 1440 Decrease –2
12 63  India 1392 Decrease –1
13 66  Iran 1377 Decrease –6
14 74  Philippines 1347 Steady
15 76  Hong Kong 1335 Increase +1
16 81  Guam 1282 Steady
17 82  Bahrain 1274 Decrease –82
18 86  Indonesia 1258 Decrease –2
19 90  Malaysia 1243 Decrease –1
20 98  United Arab Emirates 1212 Decrease –6
21 103    Nepal 1181 Increase +5
22 111  Palestine 1152 Decrease –5
23 118  Mongolia 1114 Decrease –3
24 120  Singapore 1093 Decrease –2
25 126  Tajikistan 1031 Decrease –2
26 127  Bangladesh 1008 Decrease –2
27 134  Sri Lanka 974 Decrease –134
28 135  Lebanon 967 Decrease –1
29 136  Maldives 957 Decrease –4
30 142  Afghanistan 884 Decrease –3
31 150  Bhutan 769 Decrease –150

Top ranked women's national teams

Australia 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 team

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 2  Iran 3073
2 9  Japan 1419
3 10  United Arab Emirates 1304
4 16  Oman 895
5 21  Lebanon 648
6 38  Thailand 347
7 44  Bahrain 281
8 45  China 271
9 51  Vietnam 202
10 52  Afghanistan 199

Club Competitions Ranking

The AFC MA Ranking/AFC Club Competitions Ranking (for member associations) ranks the members by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by the AFC .

AFC Country Points +/-
1 China China 95.928 Steady
2 Qatar Qatar 94.003 Steady
3 South Korea South Korea 86.028 Increase
4 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 85.275 Decrease
5 Iran Iran 78.983 Increase
6 Japan Japan 78.352 Decrease
7 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 74.445 Steady
8 Thailand Thailand 57.403 Increase
9 Australia Australia 53.916 Decrease
10 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 42.19 Steady
11 Iraq Iraq 39.789 Steady
12 Tajikistan Tajikistan 37.692 Steady
13 Malaysia Malaysia 32.949 Steady
14 India India 31.884 Increase
15 Syria Syria 31.47 Decrease
16 Jordan Jordan 30.373 Increase
17 Philippines Philippines 29.053 Decrease
18 Hong Kong Hong Kong 26.982 Decrease
19 Vietnam Vietnam 22.548 Steady
20 Lebanon Lebanon 20.574 Increase

Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[21]

AFC Club Points
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 128.48
2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 119.855
3 China Guangzhou Evergrande 102.409
4 South Korea FC Seoul 101
5 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 89
6 Qatar Al-Duhail 87.368
7 China Shanghai SIPG 75.409
8 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 74.527
9 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 72.48
10 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai 68.855
11 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 62
12 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 61.834
13 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 60.527
14 Qatar El Jaish 60.368
15 Iran Persepolis 57.902
16 Japan Gamba Osaka 57.527
17 China Shandong Luneng Taishan 56.909
18 South Korea Pohang Steelers 56
19 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 51.48
20 Qatar Al Sadd 50.368

Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[22]

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

Last updated 23 January 2019

Men's Futsal

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-

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 Uruguay
1930
(13)
Italy
1934
(16)
France
1938
(15)
Brazil
1950
(13)
Switzerland
1954
(16)
Sweden
1958
(16)
Chile
1962
(16)
England
1966
(16)
Mexico
1970
(16)
West Germany
1974
(16)
Argentina
1978
(16)
Spain
1982
(24)
Mexico
1986
(24)
Italy
1990
(24)
United States
1994
(24)
France
1998
(32)
South Korea
Japan
2002
(32)
Germany
2006
(32)
South Africa
2010
(32)
Brazil
2014
(32)
Russia
2018
(32)
Qatar
2022
(32)
Canada
United States
Mexico
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[26] × × 1S × × × × × × 1
 Israel Did not exist GS Not a member of AFC 1
Total 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 37

FIFA Women's World Cup

Team China
1991
(12)
Sweden
1995
(12)
United States
1999
(16)
United States
2003
(16)
China
2007
(16)
Germany
2011
(16)
Canada
2015
(24)
France
2019
(24)
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
Total 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 5 29

AFC Asian Cup

Team Hong Kong
1956
South Korea
1960
Israel
1964
Iran
1968
Thailand
1972
Iran
1976
Kuwait
1980
Singapore
1984
Qatar
1988
Japan
1992
United Arab Emirates
1996
Lebanon
2000
China
2004
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
2007
Qatar
2011
Australia
2015
United Arab Emirates
2019
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
Total 4 4 4 5 6 6 10 10 10 8 12 12 16 16 16 16 24

AFC Women's Asian Cup

Team Hong Kong
1975
Taiwan
1977
India
1979
Hong Kong
1981
Thailand
1983
Hong Kong
1986
Hong Kong
1989
Japan
1991
Malaysia
1993
Malaysia
1995
China
1997
Philippines
1999
Chinese Taipei
2001
Thailand
2003
Australia
2006
Vietnam
2008
China
2010
Vietnam
2014
Jordan
2018
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
Total 6 6 6 8 6 7 8 9 8 11 11 15 14 14 9 8 8 8 8 162

Notes

Other international tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
(4)
Saudi Arabia
1995
(6)
Saudi Arabia
1997
(8)
Mexico
1999
(8)
South Korea
Japan
2001
(8)
France
2003
(8)
Germany
2005
(8)
South Africa
2009
(8)
Brazil
2013
(8)
Russia
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
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 13

Summer Olympics for men

Team 1900 to 1928 Germany
1936
(16)
United Kingdom
1948
(18)
Finland
1952
(25)
Australia
1956
(11)
Italy
1960
(16)
Japan
1964
(14)
Mexico
1968
(16)
West Germany
1972
(16)
Canada
1976
(13)
Soviet Union
1980
(16)
United States
1984
(16)
South Korea
1988
(16)
Spain
1992
(16)
United States
1996
(16)
Australia
2000
(16)
Greece
2004
(16)
China
2008
(16)
United Kingdom
2012
(16)
Brazil
2016
(16)
Japan
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
Total 0 2 4 1 4 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 - 57

Summer Olympics for women

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.

Team United States
1996
(8)
Australia
2000
(8)
Greece
2004
(10)
China
2008
(12)
United Kingdom
2012
(12)
Brazil
2016
(12)
Japan
2020
(12)
Total
 China 2 5 9 5 8 5
 Japan 7 7 4 2 q 5
 North Korea 9 9 2
 Australia 7 1
Total 2 1 2 3 2 2 3 13

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Team Tunisia
1977
(16)
Japan
1979
(16)
Australia
1981
(16)
Mexico
1983
(16)
Soviet Union
1985
(16)
Chile
1987
(16)
Saudi Arabia
1989
(16)
Portugal
1991
(16)
Australia
1993
(16)
Qatar
1995
(16)
Malaysia
1997
(24)
Nigeria
1999
(24)
Argentina
2001
(24)
United Arab Emirates
2003
(24)
Netherlands
2005
(24)
Canada
2007
(24)
Egypt
2009
(24)
Colombia
2011
(24)
Turkey
2013
(24)
New Zealand
2015
(24)
South Korea
2017
(24)
Poland
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
Total 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 74

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

Team Canada
2002
(12)
Thailand
2004
(12)
Russia
2006
(16)
Chile
2008
(16)
Germany
2010
(16)
Japan
2012
(16)
Canada
2014
(16)
Papua New Guinea
2016
(16)
France
2018
(16)
 
2020
(16)
Total
 North Korea 1st 2nd QF QF 4th 1st QF 7
 Japan QF QF GS 3rd 3rd 1st 6
 China PR 2nd 2nd GS GS GS GS 6
 South Korea GS 3rd QF QF GS 5
 Australia GS 1
 Thailand GS 1
 Chinese Taipei GS 1
Total 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 27

FIFA U-17 World Cup

Team China
1985
(16)
Canada
1987
(16)
Scotland
1989
(16)
Italy
1991
(16)
Japan
1993
(16)
Ecuador
1995
(16)
Egypt
1997
(16)
New Zealand
1999
(16)
Trinidad and Tobago
2001
(16)
Finland
2003
(16)
Peru
2005
(16)
South Korea
2007
(24)
Nigeria
2009
(24)
Mexico
2011
(24)
United Arab Emirates
2013
(24)
Chile
2015
(24)
India
2017
(24)
Brazil
2019
(24)
Total
 Japan QF GS GS GS GS QF R16 R16 q 9
 Qatar GS QF 4th GS GS QF GS 7
 South Korea QF GS GS QF R16 q 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 q 3
 United Arab Emirates GS R16 GS 3
 Oman 4th QF GS 3
 Saudi Arabia QF GS 1st 3
 Tajikistan Part of USSR R16 q 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
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 5 4 5 4 63

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Team New Zealand
2008
(16)
Trinidad and Tobago
2010
(16)
Azerbaijan
2012
(16)
Costa Rica
2014
(16)
Jordan
2016
(16)
Uruguay
2018
(16)
India
2020
(16)
Total
 Japan QF 2nd QF 1st 2nd QF 6
 North Korea 1st 4th 2nd GS 1st QF 6
 South Korea QF 1st GS 3
 China PR GS GS 2
 India GS 1
 Jordan GS 1
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 18

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Nation Netherlands
1989
(16)
Hong Kong
1992
(16)
Spain
1996
(16)
Guatemala
2000
(16)
Chinese Taipei
2004
(16)
Brazil
2008
(20)
Thailand
2012
(24)
Colombia
2016
(24)
Lithuania
2020
(24)
Years
 Iran 4th GS GS GS QF R16 3rd 7
 Thailand GS GS GS R16 R16 5
 Japan GS GS GS R16 4
 China GS GS GS 3
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS 2
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR GS 1
 Vietnam R16 1
 Kuwait GS 1
 Chinese Taipei GS 1
 Malaysia GS 1
 Hong Kong GS 1
 Saudi Arabia GS 1
 Kazakhstan Part of USSR GS Part of UEFA 1
Total 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 34

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Nation Brazil
1995
(8)
Brazil
1996
(8)
Brazil
1997
(8)
Brazil
1998
(10)
Brazil
1999
(12)
Brazil
2000
(12)
Brazil
2001
(12)
Brazil
2002
(8)
Brazil
2003
(8)
Brazil
2004
(12)
Brazil
2005
(12)
Brazil
2006
(16)
Brazil
2007
(16)
France
2008
(16)
United Arab Emirates
2009
(16)
Italy
2011
(16)
French Polynesia
2013
(16)
Portugal
2015
(16)
The Bahamas
2017
(16)
Paraguay
2019
(16)
Years
 Japan GS QF 4th GS 4th QF GS GS QF GS QF QF GS q 14
 Iran GS GS GS GS QF QF 3rd 7
 United Arab Emirates GS GS GS GS GS q 6
 Oman GS GS q 3
 Bahrain QF GS 2
 Thailand 4th GS 2
 Malaysia GS 1
Total 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 35

AFC Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[27]
FIFA Council Members[27]
AFC Vice Presidents[27]
AFC Executive Committee Members[27]
  • Iraq Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Lebanon Hachem Haider
  • Oman Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Yemen Dr Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Afghanistan Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada Sadat
  • Bhutan Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Australia Chris Nikou
  • Malaysia Dato' Haji Hamidin Bin Haji Mohd Amin
  • Vietnam Dr Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Hong Kong Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • State of Palestine Susan R. A. Alshalabi
  • Bangladesh Mahfuza Akhter
  • Laos Kanya Keomany
  • North Korea Han Un Gyong
  • Thailand Somyot Poompanmoung
General Secretary
  • Malaysia Dato' Windsor John Paul

See also

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2019 AFC Champions League

The 2019 AFC Champions League is the 38th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 17th under the current AFC Champions League title.The winners of the 2019 AFC Champions League will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. The runners-up will also qualify if the AFC Champions League winners are from Qatar. Kashima Antlers are the defending champions.

AFC Asian Cup

The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and until 2015 qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup.The Asian Cup was held once every four years from the 1956 edition in Hong Kong until the 2004 tournament in China. However, since the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship were also scheduled in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC decided to move their championship to a less crowded cycle. After 2004, the tournament was next held in 2007 when it was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thereafter, it has been held every four years.

The Asian Cup has generally been dominated by a small number of top teams. Initially successful teams included South Korea (twice) and Iran (three times). Since 1984, Japan (four times) and Saudi Arabia (three times) have been the most successful teams, together winning 7 of the last 10 finals. The other teams which have achieved success are Qatar (2019 current champions), Australia (2015), Iraq (2007) and Kuwait (1980). Israel won in 1964 but were later expelled and have since joined UEFA.

Australia joined the Asian confederation in 2007 and hosted the Asian Cup finals in 2015. The 2019 tournament had been expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams, with the qualifying process doubling as part of the qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League, commonly known as the Asian Champions League, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Introduced in 2002, the competition is a continuation of the Asian Club Championship which had started in 1967. It is the premier club tournament in Asia, equivalent to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, and the UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC Champions League competitions.

A total of 32 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the competition. Clubs from Asia's strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from lower-ranked nations eligible to qualify via the qualifying playoffs, and they are also eligible to participate in the AFC Cup. Since 2009, the champions do not qualify automatically for the following year's competition. The winner of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The most successful club in the competition is the Pohang Steelers with a total of three titles. The reigning champions of the competition are the Kashima Antlers, who won the competition for the first time.

AFC U-16 Championship

The AFC U-16 Championship is a football competition, organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held once every two years for Asian under-16 teams that also serves as a qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The top 4 countries qualify to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Until 2006 it was held as an under-17 tournament. The AFC have proposed switching back to an under-17 tournament starting from 2023.

AFC U-19 Championship

The AFC U-19 Championship, formerly known as the AFC Youth Championship, is a biennial international association football competition organised by the sport's Asian governing body, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The competition has been held since 1959. Between 1959 and 1978 the tournament was held annually, since 1980 it has been held every two years.

The tournament has been played in a number of different formats during its existence. Currently it consists of two stages, similarly to AFC's other Asian Championship competitions. The qualifying stage is open to all AFC members, and the final stage is contested between sixteen teams. The most recent edition, the fortieth, was held in Indonesia. The AFC have proposed switching the tournament from under-19 to under-20 starting from 2023.

AFC U-19 Women's Championship

The AFC U-19 Women's Championship is association football tournament for women's national teams under the age of 19. It is organised by the Asian Football Confederation every two years, and serves as a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

AFC U-20 Futsal Championship

The AFC U-20 Futsal Championship is the premier youth futsal competition of the Asian Football Confederation nations. It was first held in 2017 and played biennially.

AFC U-23 Championship

The AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup) is an international football tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The first edition was initially set to be held in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014 due to the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.The tournament is planned to be held every two years. The 2016 tournament doubled as the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, where the top 3 teams qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 2016 edition took place in January 2016. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".

AFC Women's Asian Cup

The AFC Women's Asian Cup (formerly known as the AFC Women's Championship) is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. 19 tournaments have been held, with the current champions being Japan. The competition also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

AFC Women's Futsal Championship

The AFC Women's Futsal Championship is the premier national women's futsal competition of the Asian Football Confederation nations.

The first edition was held in Malaysia from 17 to 26 September 2015. The second edition is scheduled to be held in Thailand from 2 to 12 May 2018.

All India Football Federation

The All India Football Federation, also simply known as the AIFF, is the governing body of association football in India. Formed in 1937, the federation was one of founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the overseer of football in Asia.

The AIFF sanctions and runs all competitive football tournaments and leagues at a national level, namely the Indian Super League, I-League and Super Cup. The federation also indirectly manages local football competitions through the state associations. The federation is also responsible for managing the India national football team, as well as the women's team and the various youth national sides.

The AIFF is also part of the South Asian Football Federation, the organization that runs football in South Asia. The federation is currently based in Dwarka, Delhi.

Asian Cup Winners' Cup

The Asian Cup Winners' Cup was an association football competition run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The competition was started in 1991 as a tournament for all the domestic cup winners from countries affiliated to the AFC. The winners of the Cup Winners Cup used to contest the Asian Super Cup against the winners of the Asian Champions' Cup. The most successful clubs in the competition are Al Hilal from Saudi Arabia and Nissan FC from Japan. In 2002, it merged with the Asian Clubs Championship to form the AFC Champions League.

Bahrain Football Association

The Bahrain Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد البحريني لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Bahrain, and controls the Bahrain national football team. It was founded in 1957, and has been a member of FIFA since 1968. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation.

Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body of soccer, futsal, and beach soccer within Australia. The FFA is headquartered in Sydney. Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 as the Australian Soccer Federation. It was later reconstituted in 2003 as the Australian Soccer Association before adopting its current name in 2005.

FFA oversees the men's, women's, youth, Paralympic, beach and futsal national teams in Australia, the national coaching programs and the state governing bodies for the sport. It sanctions professional, semi-professional and amateur soccer in Australia. FFA made the decision to leave the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), for which it was a founding member, and become a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 1 January 2006 and ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).

Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran

The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (F.F.I.R.I.) (Persian: فدراسیون فوتبال ایران‎) is the governing body for football in Iran. It was founded in March 3rd 1947, and has been a member of FIFA since 1948. It is also a member of the Asian Football Confederation. The FFIRI is responsible for organizing the Iranian national football team.

Football Federation of Cambodia

Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) (Khmer: សហព័ន្ធកីឡាបាល់ទាត់កម្ពុជា) is the governing body of football in Cambodia, controlling the association football and futsal activities in the country. It was founded in 1933, and has been a member of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation since 1954.

Iraq Football Association

The Iraq Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد العراقي لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Iraq, controlling the Iraqi national team and the Iraqi Premier League. The Iraqi Football Association was founded in 1948 and has been a member of FIFA since 1950, the Asian Football Confederation since 1970, and the Sub-confederation regional body West Asian Football Federation since 2000. Iraq also is part of the Union of Arab Football Associations and has been a member since 1974. The Iraqi team is commonly known as Usood Al-Rafidain (Arabic: أسود الرافدين‎), which literally meaning Lions of Mesopotamia.

Japan Football Association

The Japan Football Association or Japan FA (日本サッカー協会, Nihon Sakkā Kyōkai, literally "Japan Soccer Association") is the governing body responsible for the administration of football in Japan. It is responsible for the national team as well as club competitions.

Oman Football Association

The Oman Football Association (Arabic: الاتحاد العُماني لكرة القدم‎) is the governing body of football in Oman. It was founded in 1978, has been a member of the Asian Football Confederation and of FIFA since 1980.

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