AFC Club Competitions Ranking

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The AFC Club Competitions Ranking is a ranking system launched by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 2014.[1] The ranking is based on the results of teams participating in the last four years of the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, as well as the member associations' FIFA ranking. The ranking is used for example to decide who plays who in the Champions League preliminary rounds.

The AFC also publishes a club ranking, which currently only has informational value.

Rankings[edit]

Club Competitions ranking[edit]

Calculation principle[edit]

The Club Competitions Ranking (former Member Association Ranking, or MA ranking) is used to rank associations and also used for seeding teams in the competitions. It is also used to allocate the number of entries and entry points to the competitions.[2] There are however many shifts each year with associations not meeting off field requirements.

The ranking consists of two parts. First the average points the member association's clubs over the past four year (weighing 90%), and the member association's FIFA World Rankings (weighing 10%). The leading team in each category is given 90 and 10 points respectively. All other associations are adjusted proportionally to the leading team. So the theoretical maximum of the ranking is 100 points, when the association's team have won the most points in the four year ranking and also are the number one AFC team in the FIFA rankings. Before 2017, the weighting for the FIFA ranking part was 30%.[3]

Associations earn points in the ACL and ACC starting at the group stage by:[4]

Round Points awarded
AFC Champions League AFC Cup
Play-off participation 0.3 0.1
Win in qualifying round 0.3 0.1
Draw in qualifying round 0.15 0.05
Win in group stage 3 1
Draw in group stage 1 0.33
Knockout Stage participation 3 1
Win in knockout stage 3 1.6 (All)
0.89 (ASEAN)
Draw in knockout stage 1 0.53 (All)
0.3 (ASEAN)

Ranking[edit]

As of July 2019[5]

Ranking Member Association Total Points FIFA Points Club Points 2019 2018 2017 2016
2019 2018 Mvmt Points (0%) Points (100%)
1 1 0 China China 100.000 1317 0.000 65.367 100.000 9.850 16.200 24.567 14.750
2 2 0 Qatar Qatar 97.118 1258 0.000 63.483 97.118 8.233 19.850 13.400 22.000
3 3 0 South Korea South Korea 91.636 1405 0.000 59.900 91.636 10.850 18.350 9.950 20.750
4 4 0 Iran Iran 89.571 1481 0.000 58.550 89.571 10.500 18.850 16.200 13.000
5 5 0 Japan Japan 88.73 1414 0.000 58.000 88.730 11.800 13.850 21.850 10.500
6 6 0 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 75.65 1335 0.000 49.450 75.65 11.350 10.000 18.600 9.500
7 7 0 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 66.930 1309 0.000 43.750 66.930 6.300 8.100 11.350 18.000
8 8 0 Thailand Thailand 57.062 1160 0.000 37.300 57.062 5.050 16.200 15.050 1.000
9 9 0 Iraq Iraq 54.613 1271 0.000 35.699 54.613 8.300 8.633 8.933 9.833
10 10 0 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 50.790 1251 0.000 33.200 50.790 9.000 9.400 5.050 9.750
11 11 0 Australia Australia 45.589 1436 0.000 29.800 45.589 2.600 7.300 5.900 14.000
12 12 0 Philippines Philippines 34.823 1171 0.000 22.763 34.823 4.133 5.843 8.120 4.667
13 14 1 +1 Jordan Jordan 33.401 1196 0.000 21.833 33.401 5.133 7.633 4.900 4.167
14 13 -1 -1 India India 31.693 1240 0.000 20.717 31.693 2.383 4.417 6.250 7.667
15 15 0 Tajikistan Tajikistan 30.595 1158 0.000 19.999 30.595 2.333 4.433 12.900 0.333
16 17 1 +1 Malaysia Malaysia 30.053 985 0.000 19.645 30.053 4.450 3.633 4.395 7.167
17 16 1 -1 Singapore Singapore 29.660 991 0.000 19.388 29.660 4.133 5.617 5.138 4.500
18 18 0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 25.190 1120 0.000 16.466 25.190 2.400 7.583 4.483 2.000
19 21 2 +2 North Korea North Korea 23.354 1196 0.000 15.266 23.354 4.400 7.433 3.433 0
20 19 -1 -1 Syria Syria 23.099 1322 0.000 15.099 23.099 1.833 2.000 5.933 5.333
21 22 1 +1 Vietnam Vietnam 22.947 1229 0.000 15.000 22.947 4.933 3.267 2.800 4.000
22 22 0 Lebanon Lebanon 20.804 1296 0.000 13.599 20.804 2.500 3.933 0.833 6.333
23 21 -2 -2 Hong Kong Hong Kong 20.804 1078 0.000 13.533 20.804 2.650 3.300 1.750 5.833
24 20 4 -4 Bahrain Bahrain 20.804 1178 0.000 13.599 20.804 2.500 1.633 3.467 5.333
25 25 0 Maldives Maldives 15.196 1046 0.000 9.933 15.196 0 4.300 4.300 1.333
26 26 0 Myanmar Myanmar 13.99 1085 0.000 9.145 13.990 1.600 3.912 1.300 2.333
27 27 0 Indonesia Indonesia 12.545 1003 0.000 8.200 12.545 4.100 4.100 0 0
28 29 1 +1 Oman Oman 9.509 1295 0.000 6.216 9.509 1.433 1.583 2.200 1.000
29 30 1 +1 Bangladesh Bangladesh 9.33 907 0.000 6.099 9.330 2.333 1.433 1.333 1.000
30 31 1 +1 State of Palestine Palestine 8.134 1236 0.000 5.317 8.134 2.967 0.150 0.200 2.000
31 28 -3 -3 Cambodia Cambodia 7.547 970 0.000 4.933 7.547 1.000 2.250 1.683 0
32 30 8 -2 Macau Macau 6.119 925 0.000 4.000 6.119 0 4.000 0 0
33 33 0 Kuwait Kuwait 5.252 1018 0.000 3.433 5.252 3.433 0 0 0
34 32 -2 -2 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 4.563 1264 0.000 2.983 4.563 1.433 0.150 1.400 0
35 35 0 Laos Laos 2.498 923 0.000 1.633 2.498 0.333 0.150 0.150 1.000
36 43 7 +7 Nepal Nepal 1.02 1001 0.000 0.667 1.020 0.667 0 0 0
37 35 -2 -2 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 0.688 886 0.000 0.450 0.688 0.350 0 0.100 0
38 36 -2 -2 Bhutan Bhutan 0.612 917 0.000 0.400 0.612 0.100 0.150 0.150 0
39 39 0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0.468 1134 0.000 0.333 0.468 0.333 0 0 0
40 37 -2 -2 Mongolia Mongolia 0.306 915 0.000 0.200 0.306 0.100 0.100 0 0
41 38 -2 -2 Afghanistan Afghanistan 0.229 1068 0.000 0.150 0.229 0 0 0.150 0
42 41 -2 -2 Pakistan Pakistan 0 888 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0
43 40 -2 -2 East Timor Timor-Leste 0 900 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0
44 42 -2 -2 Brunei Brunei 0 903 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0
45 45 -1 -1 Yemen Yemen 0 1106 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0
46 44 -1 -1 Guam Guam 0 907 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0

Top MA by period[edit]

Qatar Football AssociationUnited Arab Emirates Football AssociationKorea Football Association

The following data indicate the top-ranked member association in each 4 year period to the year.[6]

Years Member Association Points
2011–2014 South Korea South Korea 94.865
2012–2015 South Korea South Korea 89.837
2013–2016 South Korea South Korea 96.311
2014–2017 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 95.940
2015–2018 Qatar Qatar 98.494

Club ranking[edit]

The club ranking is mostly an informative ranking and not used to seed clubs in the competitions for example.

Calculation principle[edit]

The club ranking is calculated as points earned in the past four years plus 20% of the Club Competitions ranking points (proportionally adjusted so that the top nation here gets 20% of 90 = 18 points). Before 2017, the top nation gets 20% of 70 = 14 points.

Clubs earn points in the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup by:[1]

  • Qualifying play-off stage :
    • 1.5 points for participation in the Champions League
    • 1.5 points for a win, 0.5 for a draw in the Champions League
    • 0.5 points for participation in the AFC Cup
    • 0.5 points for a win, 0.5/3 for a draw in the AFC Cup
  • Group and knockout stage :
    • 3 points for participation in group stage and round of 16 of the Champions League
    • 1 point for participation in quarter-final, semi-final, and final of the Champions League
    • 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw in the Champions League
    • 1 point for participation in group stage and round of 16 of the AFC Cup
    • 1/3 point for participation in quarter-final, semi-final, and final of the AFC Cup
    • 1 point for a win, 1/3 for a draw in the AFC Cup

AFC hasn't announced ranking formula for 2017-2020 season of AFC Cup, since the competition format is different.

Ranking[edit]

The top 20 clubs as of 11 November 2018 are as follows.[7]

Ranking Club Association Coefficient
2018 2017 Mvmt MA Point 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
1 5 +4 +4 Al-Duhail Qatar Qatar 18 25 18 21 34 116
2 2 0 Al-Ain United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 15.14 20 32 23 19 109.14
3 3 0 Guangzhou Evergrande China China 17.28 34 11 23 20 105.28
4 6 +2 +2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea South Korea 15.95 23 34 0 28 100.95
5 1 -4 -4 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 12.93 29 18 36 5 100.93
6 9 +3 +3 Shanghai SIPG China China 17.28 0 26 33 23 99.28
7 16 +9 +9 Persepolis Iran Iran 14.38 21 0 26 33 94.38
8 10 +2 +2 Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 12.93 24 12 23 21 92.93
9 14 +5 +5 Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea South Korea 15.95 20 12 12 28 87.95
10 27 +17 +17 Kashima Antlers Japan Japan 14.9 9 0 21 35 79.9
11 8 -3 -3 Urawa Red Diamonds Japan Japan 14.9 7 18 35 0 74.9
12 4 -8 -8 FC Seoul South Korea South Korea 15.95 18 31 9 0 73.95
13 18 +5 +5 Al Sadd Qatar Qatar 18 19.5 2 2 29 70.50
14 31 +17 +17 Zob Ahan Iran Iran 14.38 0 21 10 19 64.38
15 7 -8 -8 Shabab Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 15.14 30 0 18 0 63.14
16 30 +14 +14 Esteghlal Iran Iran 14.38 0 0 22 23 59.38
17 17 0 Gamba Osaka Japan Japan 14.9 29 5 10 0 58.9
18 25 +7 +7 Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 7.02 7 22 8 10 54.02
19 11 -8 -8 El Jaish Qatar Qatar 18 3 31 2 0 54
20 15 -5 -5 Shandong Luneng Taishan China China 17.28 10 25.5 0 0 52.78

Top club by period[edit]

The following data indicate the top-ranked clubs in each 4-year period.[8][9]

Years Club Coeff.
2011–2014 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 106
2012–2015 China Guangzhou Evergrande 129.36
2013–2016 South Korea FC Seoul 122
2014–2017 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 130.5
2015–2018 Qatar Al-Duhail 116

Future plans[edit]

The AFC have stated that the ranking eventually should be made up of 100% club performances and no FIFA world ranking points. From 2017 to 2020 the FIFA ranking will contribute 10% and from 2021 onwards 0%.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al Hilal lead the way as AFC announces Club Ranking system". www.the-afc.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ "Entry Manual: AFC Club Competitions 2017-2020" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation.
  3. ^ "AFC MA Ranking Mechanics" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  4. ^ "AFC Club Competitions Ranking Mechanics". Asian Football Confederation.
  5. ^ "AFC Club Competitions Ranking". Asian Football Confederation.
  6. ^ "AFC Club Competitions Ranking Database". Footy Rankings. 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  7. ^ "AFC Club Ranking 2018".
  8. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2011-2014)" (PDF). AFC.
  9. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2012-2015)". AFC.
  10. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee recommends new AFC Cup format". Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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