Asian Football Confederation

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Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
AFC.svg
Abbreviation AFC
Motto The Future is Asia
Formation 8 May 1954; 60 years ago (1954-05-08)
Type Sport organization
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia and Australia
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English
Salman Al-Khalifa
Vice-president
Zhang Jilong[1]
General Secretary
Alex Soosay[2]
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.the-afc.com

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 excluding all the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia, which are members of UEFA (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey). Israel is also a UEFA member even though it lies entirely in Asia, as is arguably also the case for Cyprus. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has joined the Asian Football Confederation since 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of 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 Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

History[edit]

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 1954. Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and South Vietnam were founding members.[3][4]

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.[5] The Asian Ladies Football Confederation helped organise 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.

Members[edit]

AFC regional federations

The AFC has 47 member associations split into five regions.

  • 12 from West Asia
  • 6 from Central Asia
  • 7 from South Asia
  • 10 from East Asia
  • 12 from South East Asia
Code Association National teams
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF)
BHR Bahrain Bahrain (M, W)
IRQ Iraq Iraq (M, W)
JOR Jordan Jordan (M, W)
KUW Kuwait Kuwait (M, W)
LIB Lebanon Lebanon (M, W)
OMA Oman Oman (M, W)
PLE State of Palestine Palestine (M, W)
QAT Qatar Qatar (M, W)
KSA Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (M, W)
SYR Syria Syria (M, W)
UAE United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (M, W)
YEM Yemen Yemen (M, W)
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)
AFG Afghanistan Afghanistan (M, W)
IRN Iran Iran (M, W)
KGZ Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan (M, W)
TJK Tajikistan Tajikistan (M, W)
TKM Turkmenistan Turkmenistan (M, W)
UZB Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (M, W)
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
BAN Bangladesh Bangladesh (M, W)
BHU Bhutan Bhutan (M, W)
IND India India (M, W)
MDV Maldives Maldives (M, W)
NEP Nepal Nepal (M, W)
PAK Pakistan Pakistan (M, W)
SRI Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (M, W)
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
CHN China China PR (M, W)
GUM Guam Guam (M, W)
HKG Hong Kong Hong Kong (M, W)
JPN Japan Japan (M, W)
PRK North Korea Korea DPR (M, W)
KOR South Korea South Korea (M, W)
MAC Macau Macau (M, W)
MNG Mongolia Mongolia (M, W)
NMI Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands1 (M, W)
TPE Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei (M, W)
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
AUS Australia Australia (M, W)
BRU Brunei Brunei (M, W)
CAM Cambodia Cambodia (M, W)
IDN Indonesia Indonesia (M, W)
LAO Laos Laos (M, W)
MAS Malaysia Malaysia (M, W)
MYA Burma Myanmar (M, W)
PHI Philippines Philippines (M, W)
SIN Singapore Singapore (M, W)
THA Thailand Thailand (M, W)
TLS East Timor Timor-Leste (M, W)
VIE Vietnam Vietnam (M, W)

1: Associate AFC member

Former members[edit]

Competitions[edit]

International[edit]

The AFC runs the AFC Asian Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup - both competitions are held every four years and determine the national Champions of Asia. The AFC also organises the AFC Challenge Cup, 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 and WAFF Championship.

Club[edit]

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.[7]

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

Current champions[edit]

Competitions Champion Title Next Edition
AFC Asian Cup  Australia 1st 2019
AFC U-23 Championship  Iraq 1st 2016
AFC U-19 Championship  Qatar 1st 2016
AFC U-16 Championship  North Korea 2nd 2016
AFC U-14 Championship  Iraq 1st 2016
AFC Futsal Championship  Japan 3rd 2016
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Iran 1st 2015
AFC Champions League Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 1st 2015
AFC Cup Kuwait Qadsia SC 1st 2015
AFC Futsal Club Championship Japan Nagoya Oceans 2nd 2015
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  South Korea 2nd 2015
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  Japan 3rd 2015

Defunct competitions[edit]

Competitions Last Edition Last Champion Title
AFC Challenge Cup 2014  Palestine 1st
AFC President's Cup 2014 Turkmenistan HTTU Asgabat 1st
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001–02 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2nd
Asian Super Cup 2002 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners"):

Rankings[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

World Cup participation[edit]

Legend
  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[16]
  •  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 / withdrew / banned
  •     — Hosts

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South KoreaJapan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 South Korea GS GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS 9 14
 Japan GS R16 GS R16 GS 5 14
 Iran GS GS GS GS 4 9
 Saudi Arabia R16 GS GS GS 4 10
 Australia[notes 1] GS R16 GS GS 2 2
 North Korea QF GS 2 9
 Iraq GS 1 10
 United Arab Emirates GS 1 9
 China PR GS 1 10
 Kuwait GS 1 11
 Indonesia[notes 2] 1S 1 13
 Israel[notes 3] GS 1 3
 India × 1* 8
Total 0 0 1 1* 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 33

FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
Total
 Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st Q 7
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF Q 6
 North Korea GS GS QF GS DSQ 4
 Australia GS GS GS QF QF Q 3
 South Korea GS Q 2
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
 Thailand Q 1
Total 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 24

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup as part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) though they had joined the AFC by the time the competition started. From 1972 to 1978 they were not a member of any confederation.
  2. ^ Prior to independence in 1945 competed as Netherlands Dutch East Indies, including their only World Cup finals appearance in 1938.
  3. ^ Israel is now a member of UEFA, having been expelled from the AFC in 1974. For every World Cup other than 1958 and 1970, Israel entered into the European qualification tournament.

Other international tournaments[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
Total
 Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
 Iraq × × GS 1
 South Korea × GS 1
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
 Australia × × 2nd 3rd GS Q 1*
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 13

Notes[edit]

Anthem[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/afc-executive-committee
  2. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/afc-general-secretary
  3. ^ 香港足球總會九十週年紀念特刊 (Hong Kong Football Association 90th Anniversary Booklet) 2004
  4. ^ "AFC 60th Anniversary: Back to where it all began". the-afc.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.asiansportsnet.com/football-soccer/
  6. ^ "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED". The Straits Times. 28 August 1964. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Ian. "Clubs sandwiched". FootballAsia.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2005-07-19. 
  8. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) – AFC Region". FIFA. 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) – AFC Region". FIFA. 22 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 13 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "AL HILAL LEAD THE WAY AS AFC ANNOUNCES CLUB RANKING SYSTEM". AFC. 19 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2011-2014)". AFC. 19 December 2014. 
  13. ^ http://boxscorenews.com/asian-football-confederation-announces-hall-of-fame-inductees-p106949-279.htm
  14. ^ http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/soccer-asia-halloffame-idINKCN0J50YG20141121
  15. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/11/21/soccer/international-soccer/okudera-sawa-inducted-into-afc-hall-of-fame/#.VHCsy4uUeSo
  16. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

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