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; 62 years ago (1954-05-08)
Type Sport organisation
Headquarters Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia and Australia
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English and Arabic
Salman Al-Khalifa
Vice-president
General Secretary
Windsor Paul John (Acting)[1]
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.the-afc.com

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 excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries (both are Special administrative regions of China), are also members of the 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 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

History[edit]

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 1954. Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, India, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and South Vietnam were founding members.[2][3]

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 1970 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 1980 Yes
PLE State of Palestine Palestine (M, W) 1928 1995 1995 Yes
QAT Qatar Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1974 Yes
KSA Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR Syria Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1970 Yes
UAE United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM Yemen Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1980 Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)
AFG Afghanistan Afghanistan (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
IRN Iran Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1954 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 1954 Yes
PAK Pakistan Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1954 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
CHN China China (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
GUM Guam Guam2 (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes6
HKG Hong Kong Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN Japan Japan (M, W) 1921 1921 1954 Yes
PRK North Korea North Korea (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR South Korea South Korea (M, W) 1928 1948 1954 Yes
MAC Macau Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 Yes
MNG Mongolia Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands1,2 (M, W) 2005 N/A 2009 No5
TPE Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei3 (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
AUS Australia Australia2,4 (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes6
BRU Brunei Brunei (M, W) 1959 1972 1969 Yes
CAM Cambodia Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
IDN Indonesia Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO Laos Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1968 Yes
MAS Malaysia Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
MYA Myanmar 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 1954 Yes
TLS East Timor East Timor (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE Vietnam Vietnam (M, W) 1960 1964 1978 Yes

1: Associate AFC member, non-FIFA member.
2: Oceania country or territory, but AFC member.
3: Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1976–1982), joined AFC.
4: Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–2006), joined AFC.
5: Part of the United States Olympic Committee.
6: Oceania country or territory is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees rather than the Olympic Council of Asia.

Former members[edit]

Competitions[edit]

International[edit]

The AFC runs the AFC Asian Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup, which determine the Champions of Asia, as well as the AFC Solidarity Cup. All three competitions are held every four years. The AFC also organises the 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 title holders[edit]

Competitions Champion Title Next edition
AFC Asian Cup  Australia 1st 2019
AFC Solidarity Cup 1st 2016
AFC U-23 Championship  Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Championship  Qatar 1st 2016
AFC U-16 Championship  North Korea 2nd 2016
AFC U-14 Championship  Iraq 1st
AFC Futsal Championship  Iran 11th 2018
AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2017
AFC Women's Futsal Championship  Iran 1st 2017
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Oman 1st 2017
AFC Champions League Guangzhou Evergrande 2nd 2016
AFC Cup Johor Darul Ta'zim 1st 2016
AFC Futsal Club Championship Nagoya Oceans 3rd 2017
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  Japan 4th 2017
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  North Korea 2nd 2017

Defunct competitions[edit]

Competitions Last edition Last champions 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

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners"):[citation needed]

Rankings[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

World Cup participation[edit]

Legend
  •  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 / withdrawn / banned / disqualified
  •     — 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 Korea
Japan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Total
 South Korea × × × × GS × × GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS 9
 Japan × × × × × × GS R16 GS R16 GS 5
 Iran × × × × × × × × × GS × × GS GS GS 4
 Saudi Arabia Did not exist × × × × × R16 GS GS GS 4
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS 2
 North Korea Did not exist × × × × QF × × × × GS 2
 Iraq Did not exist × × × × × × × GS 1
 United Arab Emirates Did not exist × × GS 1
 China PR × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Kuwait Did not exist × × × × × × GS × 1
 Indonesia × × GS × × × × × 1
 Israel Did not exist GS not a member of AFC 1
Total 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 32

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 2nd 7
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF QF 6
 North Korea × GS GS QF GS × 4
 Australia Part of OFC QF QF QF 3
 South Korea GS R16 2
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
 Thailand GS 1
Total 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 24

Notes[edit]

Other international tournaments[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Team Saudi Arabia
1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Mexico
1999
South Korea
Japan
2001
France
2003
Germany
2005
South Africa
2009
Brazil
2013
Russia
2017
Total
 Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
 South Korea GS 1
 Australia Part of OFC q 1
 Iraq GS 1
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 13

Summer Olympics[edit]

Team
1900 to
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
Brazil
2016
Total
Japan QF GS QF 3rd GS QF GS GS 4th GS 10
South Korea QF GS GS GS GS GS QF GS 3rd QF 10
Iraq not a member of AFC QF GS GS 4th GS 5
India GS GS 4th GS 4
China GS GS GS 3
Kuwait QF GS GS 3
Iran GS GS QF 3
Qatar GS QF 2
Saudi Arabia GS GS 2
Chinese Taipei GS GS 2
Thailand GS GS 2
Israel QF QF not a member of AFC 2
North Korea QF 1
United Arab Emirates not a member of AFC GS 1
Australia Part of OFC GS 1
Afghanistan GS 1
Indonesia QF 1
Malaysia GS 1
Myanmar GS 1
Syria GS 1
Total 0 2 4 1 4 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 57

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Team Tunisia
1977
Japan
1979
Australia
1981
Mexico
1983
Soviet Union
1985
Chile
1987
Saudi Arabia
1989
Portugal
1991
Australia
1993
Qatar
1995
Malaysia
1997
Nigeria
1999
Argentina
2001
United Arab Emirates
2003
Netherlands
2005
Canada
2007
Egypt
2009
Colombia
2011
Turkey
2013
New Zealand
2015
South Korea
2017
Total
 South Korea GS GS 4th QF GS GS GS R16 GS GS QF R16 QF q 14
 Japan GS QF QF 2nd GS QF R16 R16 8
 Saudi Arabia GS GS GS GS GS GS R16 7
 China PR GS QF GS R16 R16 5
 Iraq GS QF GS 4th 4
 Syria GS QF GS R16 4
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR GS GS QF QF 4
 Qatar 2nd GS GS 3
 United Arab Emirates R16 QF QF 3
 North Korea GS GS GS 3
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS GS 3
 Iran GS GS 2
 Myanmar GS 1
 Jordan GS 1
 Kazakhstan Part of USSR GS not a member of AFC 1
 Malaysia GS 1
 Bahrain GS 1
 Indonesia GS 1
Total 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 0 66

FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

Team China
1985
Canada
1987
Scotland
1989
Italy
1991
Japan
1993
Ecuador
1995
Egypt
1997
New Zealand
1999
Trinidad and Tobago
2001
Finland
2003
Peru
2005
South Korea
2007
Nigeria
2009
Mexico
2011
United Arab Emirates
2013
Chile
2015
India
2017
Total
 Japan QF GS GS GS GS QF R16 q 8
 Qatar GS QF 4th GS GS QF GS 7
 China PR QF GS GS GS GS QF 6
 North Korea QF R16 GS R16 q 5
 South Korea QF GS GS QF R16 5
 Iran GS R16 R16 q 4
 Saudi Arabia QF GS 1st 3
 United Arab Emirates GS R16 GS 3
 Oman 4th QF GS 3
 Bahrain 4th GS 2
 Thailand GS GS 2
 Syria R16 GS 2
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR QF R16 2
 Australia Part of OFC R16 R16 2
 Iraq GS q 2
 India q 1
 Tajikistan Part of USSR R16 1
 Yemen GS 1
Total 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 5 4 5 59

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
Years
 Iran 4th GS GS GS QF R16 q 7
 Thailand GS GS GS R16 q 5
 Japan GS GS GS R16 4
 China GS GS GS 3
 Australia Part of OFC GS q 2
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR q 1
 Vietnam q 1
 Kuwait GS 1
 Chinese Taipei GS 1
 Kazakhstan Part of USSR GS 1
 Malaysia GS 1
 Hong Kong GS 1
 Saudi Arabia GS 1
Nations 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup[edit]

Nation Brazil
1995
Brazil
1996
Brazil
1997
Brazil
1998
Brazil
1999
Brazil
2000
Brazil
2001
Brazil
2002
Brazil
2003
Brazil
2004
Brazil
2005
Brazil
2006
Brazil
2007
France
2008
United Arab Emirates
2009
Italy
2011
French Polynesia
2013
Portugal
2015
The Bahamas
2017
Years
 Bahrain QF GS 2
 Iran GS GS GS GS QF QF 6
 Japan GS QF 4th GS 4th QF GS GS QF GS QF QF 12
 Malaysia GS 1
 Oman GS GS 2
 Thailand 4th GS 2
 United Arab Emirates GS GS GS GS 4
Nations 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

AFC Executive Committee[edit]

President
Vice Presidents
FIFA Executive Committee Members
Members
General Secretary
  • Vacant
Deputy General Secretary
  • Malaysia Windsor John Paul[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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