AFC Club Competitions Ranking

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The AFC Club Competitions Ranking is a ranking system launched by the 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. 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.

Format[edit]

Round Points
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 2.5 (For teams who play 4 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
2 (For teams who play 5 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.67 (For teams who play 6 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.43 (For teams who play 7 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.25 (For teams who play 8 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
Draw in group stage 1 0.83 (For teams who play 4 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.67 (For teams who play 5 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.56 (For teams who play 6 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.48 (For teams who play 7 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.42 (For teams who play 8 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
Knockout Stage participation 1.5 0.5
Win in knockout stage 3 2.5 (For teams who play 4 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
2 (For teams who play 5 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.67 (For teams who play 6 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.43 (For teams who play 7 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
1.25 (For teams who play 8 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
Draw in knockout stage 1 0.83 (For teams who play 4 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.67 (For teams who play 5 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.56 (For teams who play 6 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.48 (For teams who play 7 Matches from Group Stage to Final)
0.42 (For teams who play 8 Matches from Group Stage to Final)

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 the total of points of member association's clubs over the past four year. The points of the leading team were made 100 points in percentage terms. All other associations are adjusted proportionally to the leading team.

Formula : total of real association points / total of real leading association points x 100% = points association in percentage

  • example 1 : 40/50x100%=80 points in percentage
  • example 2 :

Qatar's points in 2019 rank = 71.150

China's points in 2019 rank (the leading association) = 72.867

Qatar's points as a percentage of the leader : 71.150 / 72.867 x 100 = 97.644% (rounded to three decimal places)

Before 2017 rankings, matches in qualifying stage are not counted and country ranking is solely based on number of points divided by number of participating teams. The ranking consists of 70% club points and 30% FIFA points.

Until 2017 rankings, matches in qualifying stage are counted and added to a country's points. The ranking consists of 90% club points and 10% FIFA points.[3]

From 2019 rankings, matches in qualifying stage are counted and added to country's points. The ranking consists of 100% club points (national team's FIFA points no longer considered).

The club ranking is calculated as 20% association points plus the number of club points in Asian competitions in the last four years.

2021 Ranking[edit]

To be used for allocating slots in the 2023 season. The 2020 season did not award points for the ranking because of the cancellation of 2020 AFC Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated on 24 November 2021 (not the finalised ranking for association slots in 2023)

Ranking Member Association Club Points 100% ACL 2023
(GS+PO)
AFC Cup 2023
(GS+PO)
2021 2020 Mvmt Region 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
1 3 1 +2 1 (W) Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 10.000 26.350 0.000 20.950 57.300 100.000 3+1 0
2 6 1 +4 1 (E) South Korea South Korea 18.350 13.600 0.000 22.750 54.700 95.462 3+1 0
3 2 1 –1 2 (E) Japan Japan 13.850 21.800 0.000 17.875 53.525 93.412 3+1 0
4 5 1 +1 2 (W) Iran Iran 18.850 11.500 0.000 14.225 44.575 77.792 3+1 0
5 4 -1 –1 3 (W) Qatar Qatar 19.850 15.900 0.000 7.300 43.050 75.131 2+2 0
6 10 1 +4 4 (W) Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 9.400 9.000 0.000 18.671 37.071 64.696 2+2 0
7 1 -1 –6 3 (E) China China 16.200 17.350 0.000 0.800 34.350 59.948 2+2 0
8 8 0 5 (W) United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 8.100 7.633 0.000 14.400 30.133 52.588 1+2 0
9 7 -1 –2 4 (E) Thailand Thailand 16.200 5.050 0.000 8.500 29.750 51.920 2+2 0
10 12 1 +2 6 (W) Jordan Jordan 7.633 7.967 0.000 10.833 26.433 46.131 1+1 1+0
11 25 1 +14 5 (E) Hong Kong Hong Kong 3.300 3.650 0.000 16.500 23.450 40.925 1+2 0
12 13 1 +1 7 (W) Tajikistan Tajikistan 4.433 3.000 0.000 13.952 21.386 35.223 1+0 1+1
13 9 -1 –4 8 (W) Iraq Iraq 8.633 8.300 0.000 3.250 20.183 35.223 1+0 2+0
14 16 1 +2 6 (E) Vietnam Vietnam 3.267 10.752 0.000 6.000 20.018 34.935 1+1 1+0
15 11 -1 –4 7 (E) North Korea North Korea 7.433 11.067 0.000 0.000 18.500 32.286 1+0 1+1
16 15 -1 –1 9 (W) Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 7.583 5.267 0.000 3.119 15.969 27.869 1+0 1+1
17 19 1 +2 10 (W) India India 4.417 3.217 0.000 6.856 14.489 25.286 1+0 1+1
18 21 1 +3 11 (W) Lebanon Lebanon 3.933 6.933 0.000 2.667 13.533 23.618 0+1 2+0
19 14 -1 –5 8 (E) Philippines Philippines 5.843 4.782 0.000 2.600 13.225 23.080 1+0 2+0
20 20 0 9 (E) Malaysia Malaysia 3.633 4.450 0.000 4.000 12.083 21.087 1+0 2+0
21 23 1 +2 12 (W) Bangladesh Bangladesh 1.433 6.933 0.000 2.778 11.144 19.449 0+1 1+1
22 33 1 +11 13 (W) Kuwait Kuwait 0.000 3.433 0.000 7.056 10.489 18.305 0 2+0
23 17 -1 –6 10 (E) Australia Australia 7.300 2.600 0.000 0.000 9.900 17.277 1+0 2+0
24 18 -1 –6 11 (E) Singapore Singapore 5.617 4.133 0.000 0.000 9.750 17.016 0+1 1+1
25 27 2 +2 14 (W) Bahrain Bahrain 1.633 2.500 0.000 3.583 7.717 16.812 0 1+1
26 24 -2 –2 12 (E) Indonesia Indonesia 4.100 5.045 0.000 0.000 9.145 15.960 0+1 1+1
27 22 -1 –5 15 (W) Syria Syria 2.000 3.133 0.000 1.778 6.911 12.061 0 1+1
28 28 0 13 (E) Myanmar Myanmar 4.062 1.600 0.000 0.000 5.662 9.881 0 1+1
29 26 -1 –3 16 (W) Maldives Maldives 4.300 0.000 0.000 0.200 4.500 7.853 0 1+1
30 31 1 +1 14 (E) Macau Macau 4.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 4.000 6.981 0 1+1
31 34 1 +3 17 (W) State of Palestine Palestine 0.150 2.967 0.000 0.833 3.950 6.894 0 1+1
32 32 0 18 (W) Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 0.150 2.433 0.000 0.833 3.417 5.963 0 1+1
33 30 -1 –3 15 (E) Cambodia Cambodia 2.250 1.000 0.000 0.000 3.250 5.672 0 0+1
34 29 -1 –5 19 (W) Oman Oman 1.583 1.433 0.000 0.000 3.017 5.265 0 0+1
35 39 1 +4 16 (E) Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0.000 0.333 0.000 2.000 2.333 4.072 0 1+1
36 35 -1 –1 20 (W) Nepal Nepal 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.200 0.867 1.513 0 0+1
37 36 -1 –1 17 (E) Laos Laos 0.150 0.333 0.000 0.000 0.483 0.843 0 0+1
38 37 -1 –1 21 (W) Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 0.000 0.350 0.000 0.100 0.450 0.785 0 0+1
39 38 -1 –1 22 (W) Bhutan Bhutan 0.150 0.100 0.000 0.100 0.350 0.611 0 0+1
40 40 0 18 (E) Mongolia Mongolia 0.100 0.100 0.000 0.000 0.200 0.349 0 0+1
41 41 0 23 (W) Afghanistan Afghanistan 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 19 (E) Brunei Brunei 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 19 (E) Guam Guam 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 19 (E) Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 23 (W) Pakistan Pakistan 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 19 (E) East Timor Timor-Leste 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
41 42 1 +1 23 (W) Yemen Yemen 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0+1
  Indicates active associations which have some teams still competing in this season's AFC Champions League.
  Indicates active associations which have some teams still competing in this season's AFC Cup.
  Indicates associations which have no teams remaining in this season's AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.

Club Ranking[edit]

A club ranking was introduced in 2014 by the AFC.[4] It was an informative ranking and not used to seed clubs in the club competitions.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "the-afc.com".
  5. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee recommends new AFC Cup format". Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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