Asian Football Confederation
|Motto||The Future is Asia|
|Formation||8 May 1954|
|Headquarters||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Asia and Australia|
|47 member associations|
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 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Former members
- 4 Competitions
- 5 Sponsors
- 6 Rankings
- 7 Hall of Fame
- 8 World Cup participation
- 9 Other international tournaments
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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.
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. 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.
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
1: Associate AFC member
- Israel Football Association 1954–1974; joined UEFA in 1994 because they were excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.
- New Zealand Football 1964; founding member of OFC in 1966
- Football Federation of Kazakhstan 1992–2002; joined UEFA in 2002
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.
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.
|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||Western Sydney Wanderers||1st||2015|
|AFC Cup||Qadsia SC||1st||2015|
|AFC Futsal Club Championship||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|
|AFC U-14 Girls' Regional Championship|| Nepal (south¢ral region)
North Korea (east region)
Thailand (southeast region)
Jordan (west region)
|Competitions||Last Edition||Last Champion||Title|
|AFC Challenge Cup||2014||Palestine||1st|
|AFC President's Cup||2014||HTTU Asgabat||1st|
|Asian Cup Winners' Cup||2001–02||Al-Hilal||2nd|
|Asian Super Cup||2002||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2nd|
The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners"):
- Fly Emirates
- Nikon Corporation
- Qatar Petroleum
- QNB Group
Men's national teams
Top ranked men's national teams
Women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by IFFHS .
Hall of Fame
- Harry Kewell
- Baichung Bhutia
- Homayoun Behzadi
- Ali Daei
- Yasuhiko Okudera
- Hong Myung-bo
- Soh Chin Aun
- Sami Al Jaber
- Sun Wen
- Homare Sawa
World Cup participation
- 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 / withdrew / banned
- — Hosts
FIFA World Cup
|United Arab Emirates||•||•||GS||•||•||•||•||•||•||1||9|
FIFA Women's World Cup
- 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.
- Prior to independence in 1945 competed as Dutch East Indies, including their only World Cup finals appearance in 1938.
- 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
FIFA Confederations Cup
|United Arab Emirates||•||•||GS||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||1|
- 香港足球總會九十週年紀念特刊 (Hong Kong Football Association 90th Anniversary Booklet) 2004
- "AFC 60th Anniversary: Back to where it all began". the-afc.com.
- "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED". The Straits Times. 28 August 1964.
- Griffiths, Ian. "Clubs sandwiched". FootballAsia.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2005-07-19.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) – AFC Region". FIFA. 12 February 2015.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) – AFC Region". FIFA. 22 July 2011.
- "Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 13 January 2015.
- "AL HILAL LEAD THE WAY AS AFC ANNOUNCES CLUB RANKING SYSTEM". AFC. 19 December 2014.
- "AFC Club Ranking (2011-2014)". AFC. 19 December 2014.
- 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.
- Official AFC website (English) (Arabic)