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
Membership 47 member associations
President 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. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. All the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia 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 been in the AFC 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 12 founder members were Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.[3] 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.

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.[4] 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 Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF)
BHR Bahrain Bahrain (M, W) 1957 1968 1969 Yes
IRQ Iraq Iraq (M, W) 1948 1950 1970 Yes
JOR Jordan Jordan (M, W) 1949 1956 1974 Yes
KUW Kuwait Kuwait (M, W) 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LIB Lebanon Lebanon (M, W) 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA Oman Oman (M, W) 1978 1980 1979 Yes
PLE State of Palestine Palestine (M, W) 1928/62 1998 1998 Yes
QAT Qatar Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1972 Yes
KSA Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR Syria Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1969 Yes
UAE United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM Yemen Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1972 Yes
Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF)
AFG Afghanistan Afghanistan (M, W) 1922 1948 1954 Yes
IRN Iran Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1958 Yes
KGZ Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
TJK Tajikistan Tajikistan (M, W) 1936 1994 1993 Yes
TKM Turkmenistan Turkmenistan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
UZB Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (M, W) 1946 1994 1993 Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
BAN Bangladesh Bangladesh (M, W) 1972 1976 1973 Yes
BHU Bhutan Bhutan (M, W) 1983 2000 1993 Yes
IND India India (M, W) 1937 1948 1954 Yes
MDV Maldives Maldives (M, W) 1982 1986 1984 Yes
NEP Nepal Nepal (M, W) 1951 1972 1971 Yes
PAK Pakistan Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1969 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
CHN China China PR (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
GUM Guam Guam (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes
HKG Hong Kong Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN Japan Japan (M, W) 1921 1929 1954 Yes
PRK North Korea Korea DPR (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR South Korea South Korea (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
MAC Macau Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 No
MNG Mongolia Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands (M, W) 2005 None 20091 No
TPE Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
AUS Australia Australia (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes
BRU Brunei Brunei (M, W) 1959 1972 1970 Yes
CAM Cambodia Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1957 Yes
IDN Indonesia Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO Laos Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1980 Yes
MAS Malaysia Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1956 Yes
MYA Burma Myanmar (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
PHI Philippines Philippines (M, W) 1907 1930 1954 Yes
SIN Singapore Singapore (M, W) 1892 1952 1954 Yes
THA Thailand Thailand (M, W) 1916 1925 1957 Yes
TLS East Timor Timor-Leste (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE Vietnam Vietnam (M, W) 1962 1964 1964 Yes

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.[6]

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  Japan 4th 2015
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 Al Qadsia 1st 2015
AFC Futsal Club Championship JapanNagoya 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

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[15]
  •  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
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
 United Arab Emirates GS 1 9
 Iraq GS 1 10
 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 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 0*
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 12

Summer Olympics[edit]

Men[edit]

Team France
1900
United States
1904
United Kingdom
1908
Sweden
1912
Belgium
1920
France
1924
Netherlands
1928
Germany
1936
United Kingdom
1948
Finland
1952
Australia
1956
Italy
1960
Japan
1964
Mexico
1968
Germany
1972
Canada
1976
Soviet Union
1980
United States
1984
South Korea
1988
Spain
1992
United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
 Japan QF QF 3rd QF 4th 9
 South Korea QF QF 3rd 9
 Iraq QF 4th 4
 India 4th 4
 China PR 3
 Iran[notes 1] QF 3
 Kuwait QF 3
 Chinese Taipei 2
 Israel QF QF UEFA member 2
 Qatar QF 2
 Saudi Arabia 2
 Thailand 2
 Australia OFC member 1
 Afghanistan 1
 Myanmar 1
 Indonesia QF 1
 Malaysia[notes 1] 1
 North Korea QF 1
 Syria 1
 United Arab Emirates 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 5 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 56

Women[edit]

Team United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
 Japan QF 4th 2nd 4
 China PR 2nd QF 4
 North Korea 2
 Australia QF 0*
Total 2 1 2 3 2 10

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Iran and Malaysia Qualified in 1980 but boycotted the event.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]