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 20 October 2018[5]

Ranking Member Association Total Points FIFA Points Club Points 2018 2017 2016 2015
2018 2017 Mvmt Points (10%) Points (90%)
1 3 2 +2 China China 95.928 431 5.928 70.517 90.000 15.450 24.567 14.750 15.750
2 6 4 +4 Qatar Qatar 94.003 339 4.663 70.000 89.340 15.600 13.400 22.000 19.000
3 2 -1 -1 South Korea South Korea 86.028 520 7.153 61.800 78.875 14.350 9.950 20.750 16.750
4 1 -3 -3 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 85.275 405 5.571 62.450 79.704 8.100 11.350 18.000 25.000
5 7 1 +1 Iran Iran 78.983 727 10.000 54.050 68.983 13.600 16.200 13.000 11.250
6 5 -1 -1 Japan Japan 78.352 528 7.263 55.700 71.089 8.100 21.850 10.500 15.250
7 4 -3 -3 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 74.445 462 6.355 53.350 68.090 5.000 18.600 9.500 15.250
8 10 2 +2 Thailand Thailand 57.403 253 3.480 42.250 53.923 16.200 15.050 1.000 10.000
9 8 -1 -1 Australia Australia 53.916 700 9.629 34.700 44.287 7.300 5.900 14.000 7.500
10 9 -1 -1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 42.190 381 5.241 28.950 36.949 9.400 5.050 9.750 4.750
11 11 0 Iraq Iraq 39.789 372 5.117 27.166 34.672 5.233 8.933 9.833 3.167
12 12 0 Tajikistan Tajikistan 37.692 266 3.659 26.666 34.003 4.433 12.900 0.333 9.000
13 13 0 Malaysia Malaysia 32.949 104 1.431 24.695 31.598 3.633 4.395 7.167 9.500
14 15 +1 +1 India India 31.884 354 4.869 21.167 27.015 3.917 6.250 7.667 3.333
15 16 1 +1 Syria Syria 31.470 423 5.818 20.099 25.652 2.000 5.933 5.333 6.833
16 18 +2 +2 Jordan Jordan 30.373 272 3.741 20.867 26.632 7.133 4.900 4.167 4.667
17 21 4 +4 Philippines Philippines 29.053 289 3.975 19.649 25.078 5.195 8.120 4.667 1.667
18 14 -4 -4 Hong Kong Hong Kong 26.982 194 2.669 19.050 24.313 3.300 1.750 5.833 8.167
19 17 -2 -2 Vietnam Vietnam 22.548 334 4.594 14.067 17.954 3.267 2.800 4.000 4.000
20 22 2 +2 Lebanon Lebanon 20.574 404 5.557 11.766 15.017 3.933 0.833 6.333 0.667
21 20 -1 -1 Bahrain Bahrain 19.946 281 3.865 12.600 16.081 1.633 3.467 5.333 2.167
22 23 1 +1 Singapore Singapore 19.477 102 1.403 14.161 18.074 4.023 5.138 4.500 0.500
23 26 3 +3 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 19.197 242 3.329 12.433 15.868 3.950 4.483 2.000 2.000
24 28 4 +4 Maldives Maldives 17.747 183 2.517 11.933 15.230 4.300 4.300 1.333 2.000
25 25 0 Myanmar Myanmar 16.155 227 3.122 10.212 13.033 3.912 1.300 2.333 2.667
26 27 1 +1 Oman Oman 14.350 383 5.268 7.116 9.082 1.583 2.200 1.000 2.333
27 24 -3 -3 Indonesia Indonesia 13.993 111 1.527 9.767 12.466 4.100 0.000 0.000 5.667
28 30 2 +2 North Korea North Korea 13.955 297 4.085 7.733 9.870 4.300 3.433 0.000 0.000
29 19 -10 -10 Kuwait Kuwait 13.858 126 1.733 9.500 12.125 0.000 0.000 0.000 9.500
30 29 -1 -1 State of Palestine Palestine 10.463 357 4.911 4.350 5.552 0.150 0.200 2.000 2.000
31 31 0 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 7.810 424 5.832 1.550 1.978 0.150 1.400 0.000 0.000
32 35 3 +3 Cambodia Cambodia 6.464 105 1.444 3.933 5.020 2.250 1.683 0.000 0.000
33 40 7 +7 Macau Macau 5.930 60 0.825 4.000 5.105 4.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
34 33 -1 -1 Bangladesh Bangladesh 5.261 33 0.454 3.766 4.807 0.100 1.333 1.000 0.000
35 32 -3 -3 Laos Laos 4.035 80 1.100 2.300 2.935 0.150 0.150 1.000 1.000
36 36 0 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 3.618 263 3.618 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
37 34 -3 -3 Yemen Yemen 3.453 251 3.453 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
38 37 -1 -1 Afghanistan Afghanistan 2.928 199 2.737 0.150 0.191 0.000 0.150 0.000 0.000
39 38 -1 -1 Nepal Nepal 1.527 111 1.527 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
40 39 -1 -1 Bhutan Bhutan 1.318 68 0.935 0.300 0.383 0.150 0.150 0.000 0.000
41 45 4 +4 Mongolia Mongolia 0.830 51 0.702 0.100 0.128 0.100 0.000 0.000 0.000
42 42 0 Guam Guam 0.619 45 0.619 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
43 43 0 East Timor East Timor 0.605 44 0.605 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
44 41 -3 -3 Brunei Brunei 0.495 36 0.495 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
45 44 -1 -1 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 0.362 17 0.234 0.100 0.128 0.000 0.100 0.000 0.000
46 46 0 Pakistan Pakistan 0.138 10 0.138 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
[NMI] Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
Not a FIFA member
No entry No entry No entry No entry
  • ^ Northern Mariana Islands (NMI):not a member of FIFA
  • Top MA by period[edit]

    United 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

    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 Champions League

    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 18 May, 2018 are as follows.[7]

    Ranking Club Association Coefficient
    2018 2017 Mvmt MA Point 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
    1 6 +5 +5 Al-Duhail Qatar Qatar 18 25 18 21 31 113
    2 2 0 Al-Ain United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 15.72 20 32 23 19 109.72
    3 3 0 Guangzhou Evergrande China China 17.94 34 11 21 20 105.94
    4 1 -3 -3 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 13.43 29 18 36 5 101.43
    5 7 +2 +2 Shanghai SIPG China China 17.94 0 26 36 23 99.94
    6 5 -1 -1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea South Korea 15.94 23 34 0 25 97.94
    7 9 +2 +2 Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 13.43 24 12 23 21 93.43
    8 15 +7 +7 Persepolis Iran Iran 13.98 21 0 26 23 83.98
    9 11 +2 +2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea South Korea 15.94 20 12 12 23 82.94
    10 8 -2 -2 Urawa Red Diamonds Japan Japan 14.21 7 19 35 0 74.21
    11 4 -7 -7 FC Seoul South Korea South Korea 15.94 18 31 9 0 73.94
    12 20 +8 +8 Al Sadd Qatar Qatar 18 19.5 2 2 23 64.50
    13 31 +18 +18 Zob Ahan Iran Iran 13.98 0 21 10 19 63.98
    14 10 -4 -4 Shabab Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 15.72 30 0 18 0 63.72
    15 26 +11 +11 Kashima Antlers Japan Japan 14.21 9 0 21 19 63.21
    16 16 0 Gamba Osaka Japan Japan 14.21 29 5 10 0 58.21
    17 28 +11 +11 Esteghlal Iran Iran 13.98 0 0 22 22 57.98
    18 24 +6 +6 Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 7.29 7 22 8 10 54.29
    19 14 -5 -5 El Jaish Qatar Qatar 18 3 31 2 0 54
    20 17 -3 -3 Shandong Luneng Taishan China China 17.94 10 25.5 0 0 53.44

    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 129.359
    2013–2016 South Korea FC Seoul 126
    2014–2017 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 128.48

    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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