Asian Football Confederation

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Asian Football Confederation
AbbreviationAFC
Formation7 May 1954; 68 years ago (1954-05-07)
Founded atManila, Philippines[1]
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia and Australia
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
Arabic
English[2]
Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Vice Presidents
See list
General Secretary
Datuk Seri Windsor John[3][4]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
  • AFF (Southeast Asia)
  • CAFA (Central Asia)
  • EAFF (East Asia)
  • SAFF (South Asia)
  • WAFF (Western Asia)
Websitethe-afc.com
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football, beach soccer, and futsal in some countries/territories in Asia and Oceania. It has 47 member countries most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in OFC, joined AFC in 2006. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, both territories of the United States, are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) was the section of AFC who managed women's association football in Asia. The group was independently founded in April 1968 in a meeting involving Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In 1986 ALFC merged with AFC.[5]

Executive Committee[edit]

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[6]
FIFA Council Members[6]
AFC Vice Presidents[6]
AFC Executive Committee Members[6]
  • Iraq Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Lebanon Hachem Haider
  • Oman Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Yemen Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Bhutan Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Australia Chris Nikou
  • Malaysia Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Vietnam Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Hong Kong Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • State of Palestine Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Laos Kanya Keomany
  • North Korea Han Un-gyong
General Secretary

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsors[7]
Official Global Partners
Germany Continental
Japan Credit Saison
Saudi Arabia Neom
China Yili
Official Global Supporters
Spain Kelme
Japan Konami
Japan Molten
Official Regional Partners
China China Mobile
Japan KDDI
Japan Kirin
South Korea TVING
Vietnam PhinDeli Café
AFC Champions League Partners
Saudi Arabia Neom
Japan Konami
Japan Molten

Member associations[edit]

AFC regional federations

It has 47 member associations split into 5 regions. Some nations proposed a South West Asian Federation that would not interfere with AFC zones.[8][9][10] Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were founding members.[11][12]

Code Name Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS  Australia[m 1] 1961 1963 2006 Yes[m 2]
BRU  Brunei Darussalam 1952 1972 1969 Yes
CAM  Cambodia 1933 1954 1954 Yes
LAO  Laos 1951 1952 1968 Yes
INA  Indonesia 1930 1952 1954 Yes
MAS  Malaysia 1933 1954 1954 Yes
MYA  Myanmar 1947 1948 1954 Yes
PHI  Philippines 1907 1930 1954 Yes
SIN  Singapore 1892 1952 1954 Yes
THA  Thailand 1916 1925 1954 Yes
TLS  Timor-Leste 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE  Vietnam 1960 1952 1954 Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) (6)
AFG  Afghanistan 1933 1948 1954 Yes
IRN  Iran 1920 1948 1958 Yes
KGZ  Kyrgyz Republic 1992 1994 1993 Yes
TJK  Tajikistan 1936 1994 1993 Yes
TKM  Turkmenistan 1992 1994 1993 Yes
UZB  Uzbekistan 1946 1994 1993 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN  China 1924 1931 1974 Yes
TPE  Chinese Taipei[m 3] 1936 1954 1954 Yes
PRK  DPR Korea 1945 1958 1974 Yes
GUM  Guam 1975 1996 1991 Yes[m 2]
HKG  Hong Kong 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN  Japan 1921 1921 1954 Yes
KOR  Korea Republic 1928 1948 1954 Yes
MAC  Macau 1939 1978 1978 No[m 4]
MNG  Mongolia 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI  Northern Mariana Islands 2005 N/A 2020 No[m 5]
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) (7)
BAN  Bangladesh 1972 1976 1974 Yes
BHU  Bhutan 1983 2000 1993 Yes
IND  India 1937 1948 1954 Yes
MDV  Maldives 1982 1986 1984 Yes
NEP    Nepal 1951 1972 1954 Yes
PAK  Pakistan 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI  Sri Lanka 1939 1952 1954 Yes
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
BHR  Bahrain 1957 1968 1969 Yes
IRQ  Iraq 1948 1950 1970 Yes
JOR  Jordan 1949 1956 1970 Yes
KUW  Kuwait 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LBN  Lebanon 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA  Oman 1978 1980 1980 Yes
PLE  Palestine 1928 1998 1998 Yes
QAT  Qatar 1960 1972 1974 Yes
KSA  Saudi Arabia 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR  Syria 1936 1937 1970 Yes
UAE  United Arab Emirates 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM  Yemen 1962 1980 1980 Yes

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–1972, 1978–2006), joined AFC.
  2. ^ a b Oceania country or territory is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees rather than the Olympic Council of Asia.
  3. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1976–1982), joined AFC.
  4. ^ Macau's Olympic Committee is an OCA member and not an IOC member.
  5. ^ Part of the United States Olympic Committee.

Former members[edit]

Association Year Note
 Israel 1954–1974 Expelled from AFC competitions in 1974, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait, that was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[13][14] Became a full UEFA member in 1994.
 New Zealand 1964[15] Founding member of OFC in 1966.
 South Yemen 1972–1990[16] Joined North Yemen as Yemen.
 Kazakhstan 1993–2002 Joined UEFA in 2002.

Tournaments[edit]

National teams[edit]

Men's

Women's

AFC runs the AFC Asian Cup and the AFC Women's Asian Cup, and the AFC Solidarity Cup replace AFC Challenge Cup for a country that has few chances to play in the Asian Cup. The 3 tournaments are held every 4 years. AFC organises the AFC Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, various age-level international association football, youth futsal tournaments and the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup and for football at the Summer Olympics.

Clubs[edit]

Men's

Women's

The top-ranked AFC tournament for association football clubs is the AFC Champions League which started in the 2002–03 season (an amalgamation of the Asian Club Championship 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 tournament only gathered teams from top country. And AFC Women's Club Championship for women's association football club competition.[17]

A 2nd, lower-ranked tournament is the AFC Cup which was launched by AFC in 2004. A 3rd tournament, the AFC President's Cup which had started in 2005 was absorbed into the AFC Cup in 2015.[18]

AFC runs an annual Asian futsal club tournament, the AFC Futsal Club Championship for futsal club competition.[19]

Defunct[edit]

National teams

Clubs

Current title holders[edit]

Tournament Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition[22][23]
National teams
AFC Asian Cup 2019 (Final) Qatar Qatar 1st  Japan 2023 (Final)
AFC Solidarity Cup 2016 (Final)    Nepal 1st  Macau 2024 (Final)
Men's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018 (Final)  South Korea 5th  Japan 2023 (Final)
AFC U-23 Asian Cup 2022 (Final)  Saudi Arabia 1st  Uzbekistan 2024 (Final)
AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2018 (Final)  Saudi Arabia 3rd  South Korea 2023 (Final)
AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2018 (Final)  Japan 3rd  Tajikistan 2023 (Final)
Boys' Asian Youth Games Football Tournament 2013  South Korea 2nd  Iran 2025
AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 (Final)  Japan 4th  Iran 2026 (Final)
Men's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017  Iran 5th  Uzbekistan 2023
AFC U-20 Futsal Asian Cup 2019 (Final)  Japan 1st  Afghanistan 2023 (Final)
AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2019 (Final)  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates 2023 (Final)
Men's Asian Beach Games Beach Soccer Tournament 2016  Japan 1st  Oman 2023
National teams (women)
AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 (Final)  China 9th  South Korea 2026 (Final)
Women's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018 (Final)  Japan 2nd  China 2023 (Final)
AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2020 (Play-off) 2024 (Play-off)
AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup 2019 (Final)  Japan 6th  North Korea 2024 (Final)
AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup 2019 (Final)  Japan 4th  North Korea 2024 (Final)
AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup 2018 (Final)  Iran 2nd  Japan 2022 (Final)
Women's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017  Thailand 1st  Japan 2023
Club teams
AFC Champions League 2021 (Final) Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 4th South Korea Pohang Steelers 2022 (Final)
AFC Cup 2022 (Final) Oman Al-Seeb 1st Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2023–24 (Final)
AFC Futsal Club Championship 2019 (Final) Japan Nagoya Oceans 4th Iran Mes Sungun 2023 (Final)
Club teams (women)
AFC Women's Club Championship 2021 Jordan Amman 1st Iran Shahrdari Sirjan 2022 (Final)

Defunct tournaments[edit]

Competition Last held Champions Title Runners-up
National teams
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 2007  Japan 2nd  Egypt
AFC-OFC Challenge Cup 2003  Iran 1st  New Zealand
AFC Challenge Cup 2014  Palestine 1st  Philippines
AFC U-14 Championship 2014  Iraq 1st  North Korea
Club teams
Afro-Asian Club Championship 1998 Morocco Raja Casablanca 1st South Korea Pohang Steelers
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001–02 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2nd South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
President's Cup 2014 Turkmenistan HTTU Asgabat 1st North Korea Rimyongsu
Asian Super Cup 2002 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal

Titles by nation[edit]

Nation Men Women Futsal Beach Soccer Club Inter Conf. Nation Total
Asia Sol Cha Asiad U23 U20 U17 U14 AYG Asia Asiad U20 U17 Men AIMm U20 Wmn AIMw BS ABG ACL ACC APC AWC ASC WCC FCC AAN AO AAC
 Japan 4 1 1 1 3 2 2 6 4 4 1 3 3 1 7 5 2 1 4 2 1  Japan 58
 Iran 3 4 4 1 12 5 1 2 2 2 3 1 4 1  Iran 45
 South Korea 2 5 1 12 2 2 2 1 12 3 1 2  South Korea 45
 Saudi Arabia 3 1 3 2 6 6 3  Saudi Arabia 24
 China 1 2 9 3 1 3  China 19
 North Korea 2 1 3 2 3 3 1 3  North Korea 18
 Iraq 1 1 1 5 1 1 3  Iraq 13
 Israel 1 6 3  Israel 10
 Myanmar 2 7 1  Myanmar 10
 Thailand 2 1 1 1 2 2 1  Thailand 10
 Chinese Taipei 2 3 1  Chinese Taipei 6
 Qatar 1 1 1 1 2  Qatar 6
 Kuwait 1 4  Kuwait 5
 Tajikistan 1 4  Tajikistan 5
 United Arab Emirates 1 2 1 1  United Arab Emirates 5
 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 1  Uzbekistan 5
 India 1 2 1  India 4
 Jordan 3 1  Jordan 4
 Oman 2 1 1  Oman 4
 Australia 1 1 1  Australia 3
 Bahrain 1 2  Bahrain 3
 Syria 1 2  Syria 3
 Kyrgyzstan 2  Kyrgyzstan 2
 Turkmenistan 2  Turkmenistan 2
 Indonesia 1  Indonesia 1
 Lebanon 1  Lebanon 1
 Malaysia 1  Malaysia 1
   Nepal 1    Nepal 1
 New Zealand 1  New Zealand 1
 Palestine 1  Palestine 1

Rankings[edit]

FIFA World Rankings[edit]

FIFA Men's Rankings (as of 6 October 2022)[24]
AFC* FIFA +/- National Team Points
1 20 Increase 2  Iran 1564.61
2 24 Steady  Japan 1559.54
3 28 Steady  South Korea 1530.3
4 38 Increase 1  Australia 1488.72
5 50 Decrease 2  Qatar 1439.89
6 51 Increase 2  Saudi Arabia 1437.78
7 68 Increase 2  Iraq 1343.01
8 70 Decrease 1  United Arab Emirates 1337.57
9 75 Steady  Oman 1320.29
10 77 Steady  Uzbekistan 1309.98
11 79 Decrease 1  China 1305.06
12 84 Increase 2  Jordan 1289.99
13 85 Steady  Bahrain 1280.64
14 90 Decrease 1  Syria 1255.92
15 94 Steady  Palestine 1233.72
16 95 Steady  Kyrgyzstan 1230.22
17 96 Increase 1  Vietnam 1226.65
18 99 Increase 1  Lebanon 1211.71
19 106 Decrease 2  India 1192.09
20 108 Increase 1  Tajikistan 1185.7
21 111 Steady  Thailand 1174.92
22 112 Steady  North Korea 1169.96
23 133 Increase 1  Philippines 1115.13
24 135 Steady  Turkmenistan 1100.47
25 145 Increase 2  Hong Kong 1062.39
26 146 Increase 2  Malaysia 1062.32
27 149 Steady  Kuwait 1053.41
28 152 Increase 3  Indonesia 1033.9
29 154 Increase 2  Maldives 1026.09
30 155 Decrease 2  Yemen 1023.52
31 156 Decrease 2  Afghanistan 1023.04
32 157 Steady  Chinese Taipei 1017.78
33 158 Steady  Myanmar 1007.89
34 160 Decrease 1  Singapore 1003.5
35 175 Increase 1    Nepal 954.86
36 177 Decrease 3  Cambodia 948.62
37 182 Steady  Macau 922.1
38 183 Increase 1  Mongolia 913.55
39 185 Increase 1  Bhutan 910.96
40 187 Decrease 4  Laos 905.51
41 190 Steady  Brunei 898.41
42 192 Steady  Bangladesh 884.45
43 194 Increase 1  Pakistan 866.81
44 198 Increase 1  Timor-Leste 860.06
45 205 Steady  Guam 838.33
46 207 Steady  Sri Lanka 825.25
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points
FIFA Women's Rankings (as of 13 October 2022)[25]
AFC* FIFA +/- National Team Points
1 10 Steady  North Korea 1940
2 11 Steady  Japan 1918.16
3 13 Decrease 1  Australia 1903.1
4 15 Increase 1  China 1862.87
5 17 Increase 1  South Korea 1849.16
6 34 Decrease 1  Vietnam 1643.66
7 40 Decrease 2  Chinese Taipei 1581.2
8 41 Steady  Thailand 1555
9 47 Steady  Uzbekistan 1523.83
10 48 Steady  Myanmar 1517.95
11 53 Steady  Philippines 1483.06
12 61 Decrease 3  India 1405.79
13 65 Increase 1  Jordan 1375.37
14 69 Increase 1  Iran 1364.73
15 77 Steady  Hong Kong 1314.35
16 85 Steady  Laos 1257.98
17 86 Steady  Bahrain 1254.12
18 89 Increase 1  Malaysia 1231.94
19 94 Increase 2  Guam 1218.07
20 97 Increase 4  Indonesia 1213.69
21 103 Decrease 1    Nepal 1195.36
22 114 Decrease 10  United Arab Emirates 1158.26
23 120 Steady  Cambodia 1142.14
24 125 Steady  Kyrgyzstan 1120.59
25 129 Steady  Mongolia 1111.95
26 130 Steady  Palestine 1098.76
27 134 Decrease 1  Singapore 1084.1
28 140 Increase 7  Bangladesh 1054.55
29 142 Increase 1  Lebanon 1038.39
30 144 Decrease 2  Tajikistan 1033.87
31 153 Decrease 1  Timor-Leste 973.91
32 155 Decrease 2  Sri Lanka 955.21
33 159 Decrease 3  Maldives 938.55
34 177 Decrease 1  Bhutan 777.27
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points

Historical leaders[edit]

Men's
Iran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamAustralia national association football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamAustralia national association football teamJapan national football team
Iran national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamJapan national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamIran national football teamKorea Republic national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamKorea Republic national football teamJapan national football teamSaudi Arabia national football teamKorea Republic national football team
Women's
North Korea women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamAustralia women's national football teamJapan women's national football teamNorth Korea women's national football teamChina women's national football team

Team of the Year[edit]

Teams ranking in the top four – Men's[24]
Year First Second Third Fourth
2022  Iran  Japan  South Korea  Australia
2021  Iran  Japan  South Korea  Australia
2020  Japan  Iran  South Korea  Australia
2019  Japan  Iran  South Korea  Australia
2018  Iran  Australia  Japan  South Korea
2017  Iran  Australia  Japan  South Korea
2016  Iran  South Korea  Japan  Australia
2015  Iran  South Korea  Japan  Australia
2014  Iran  Japan  South Korea  Uzbekistan
2013  Iran  Japan  South Korea  Australia
2012  Japan  South Korea  Australia  Iran
2011  Japan  Australia  South Korea  Iran
2010  Australia  Japan  South Korea  Iran
2009  Australia  Japan  South Korea  Bahrain
2008  Australia  Japan  South Korea  Iran
2007  Japan  Iran  South Korea  Australia
2006  Iran  Australia  Uzbekistan  Japan
2005  Japan  Iran  South Korea  Saudi Arabia
2004  Japan  Iran  South Korea  Saudi Arabia
2003  South Korea  Saudi Arabia  Iran  Japan
2002  South Korea  Japan  Iran  Saudi Arabia
2001  Iran  Saudi Arabia  Japan  South Korea
2000  Saudi Arabia  Iran  Japan  South Korea
1999  Saudi Arabia  Iran  South Korea  United Arab Emirates
1998  South Korea  Japan  Kuwait  Iran
1997  Japan  South Korea  Saudi Arabia  Australia
1996  Japan  Saudi Arabia  South Korea  Australia
1995  Japan  South Korea  Australia  Saudi Arabia
1994  Saudi Arabia  South Korea  Japan  China
1993  Saudi Arabia  South Korea  Japan  Australia
Teams ranking in the top four – Women's[25]
Year First Second Third Fourth
2022  North Korea  Australia  Japan  South Korea
2021  North Korea  Australia  Japan  South Korea
2020  Australia  Japan  China  South Korea
2019  Australia  Japan  North Korea  China
2018  Australia  Japan  North Korea  South Korea
2017  Australia  Japan  North Korea  South Korea
2016  Australia  Japan  North Korea  China
2015  Japan  North Korea  Australia  China
2014  Japan  North Korea  Australia  China
2013  Japan  Australia  North Korea  South Korea
2012  Japan  Australia  North Korea  South Korea
2011  Japan  North Korea  Australia  South Korea
2010  Japan  North Korea  Australia  China
2009  North Korea  Japan  China  Australia
2008  North Korea  Japan  China  Australia
2007  North Korea  Japan  Australia  China
2006  North Korea  China  Japan  South Korea
2005  North Korea  China  Japan  South Korea
2004  China  North Korea  Japan  Chinese Taipei
2003  China  North Korea  Japan  Chinese Taipei

Men's elo rankings[edit]

World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members:[26]

AFC Elo Rankings Country Elo ratings 1 year change
1 27  South Korea 1,771 Decrease 4
2 30  Japan 1,744 Increase 5
3 32  Iran 1,739 Decrease 13
4 40  Australia 1,712 Decrease 2
5 46  Qatar 1,670 Increase 28
6 56  Iraq 1,622 Increase 12
7 64  Uzbekistan 1,578 Decrease 4
8 68  Saudi Arabia 1,554 Decrease 6
9 73  Bahrain 1,534 Increase 30
10 82  Oman 1,500 Decrease 10
11 86  Syria 1,483 Decrease 28
12 87  Jordan 1,475 Increase 7
13 90  China 1,460 Decrease 13
14 94  United Arab Emirates 1,449 Decrease 12
15 101  Kuwait 1,416 Increase 1
16 104  Vietnam 1,408 Increase 24
17 106  Lebanon 1,404 Decrease 15
18 110  Palestine 1,381 Steady
19 113  North Korea 1,375 Decrease 16
20 116  Thailand 1,358 Decrease 5
21 138  Kyrgyzstan 1,271 Increase 1
22 142  Turkmenistan 1,265 Increase 9
23 148  Tajikistan 1,233 Increase 10
24 156  Yemen 1,207 Increase 8
25 157  Malaysia 1,201 Increase 18
26 160  India 1,190 Decrease 4
27 166  Hong Kong 1,170 Decrease 11
28 170  Singapore 1,159 Increase 11
29 172  Philippines 1,152 Increase 1
30 177  Afghanistan 1,137 Decrease 7
31 179  Indonesia 1,118 Decrease 16
32 185  Myanmar 1,047 Increase 1
33 194  Maldives 947 Decrease 2
34 195  Chinese Taipei 941 Decrease 1
35 197    Nepal 918 Increase 4
36 204  Pakistan 873 Decrease 6
37 207  Cambodia 838 Increase 1
38 208  Bangladesh 831 Increase 2
39 214  Guam 734 Decrease 7
40 215  Mongolia 730 Increase 1
41 219  Macau 696 Increase 6
42 221  Laos 690 Decrease 1
43 225  Sri Lanka 669 Decrease 8
44 226  Timor-Leste 638 Increase 1
45 228  Brunei 619 Increase 1
46 232  Bhutan 563 Increase 1
47 238  Northern Mariana Islands 409 Steady

Club Competitions Ranking[edit]

The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by AFC.[27] Listed here are the top 30 countries.

AFC Country Points
1  China 100.000
2  Qatar 97.644
3  Japan 93.321
4  Saudi Arabia 88.449
5  South Korea 85.979
6  Iran 81.724
7  United Arab Emirates 61.870
8  Thailand 51.189
9  Iraq 48.992
10  Uzbekistan 45.562
11  Australia 40.896
12  Jordan 33.852
13  Philippines 32.130
14  North Korea 30.100
15  India 29.576
16  Vietnam 28.571
17  Tajikistan 28.361
18  Malaysia 26.96
19  Singapore 26.607
20  Turkmenistan 26.532
21  Lebanon 24.746
22  Syria 22.505
23  Hong Kong 19.945
24  Bahrain 17.749
25  Bangladesh 14.683
26  Maldives 13.632
27  Myanmar 12.756
28  Indonesia 12.550
29  Oman 8.531
30  Palestine 7.297

Beach soccer national teams[edit]

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW).[28]

AFC rank World rank Country Points
1 6  Japan 1549
2 7  Iran 1486
3 14  United Arab Emirates 945
4 21  Oman 555
5 40  Lebanon 217
6 47  Palestine 177
7 55  China 129
8 56  Bahrain 128
9 65  Malaysia 95
10 70  Iraq 78
11 71  Thailand 77
12 74  Afghanistan 69
13 79  Qatar 61
14 82  Syria 56
15 85  Kuwait 46
15 85  Kyrgyzstan 46
17 94  Saudi Arabia 30
18 108  Australia 0
19 111  Yemen 0
20 112  Philippines 0
21 113  Indonesia 0
22 115  Uzbekistan 0
23 115  Vietnam 0
24 115  Laos 0

Men's futsal[edit]

Per 16 May 2022:[29]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 6  Iran 1584 Increase 1
2 15  Japan 1353 Increase 1
3 21  Thailand 1284 Decrease 3
4 25  Uzbekistan 1252 Decrease 2
5 37  Australia 1119 Decrease 4
6 38  Vietnam 1095 Increase 1
7 40  Kuwait 1089 Increase 4
8 42  Indonesia 1077 Increase 6
9 44  Lebanon 1061 Decrease 2
10 45  Kyrgyzstan 1049 Decrease 3
11 50  Iraq 984 Increase 8
12 56  Tajikistan 940 Decrease 1
13 64  Turkmenistan 907 Increase 7
14 71  Bahrain 881 Increase 8
15 73  Malaysia 866 Decrease 5
16 75  South Korea 857 Decrease 2
17 77  Myanmar 849 Increase 13
18 78  China 848 Increase 1
20 83  Saudi Arabia 827 Increase 3
21 88  Qatar 807 Decrease 1
22 89  Chinese Taipei 803 Decrease 1
23 90  Oman 783 Increase 3
24 93  Afghanistan 757 Increase 3
25 97  United Arab Emirates 737 Decrease 8
26 105  Palestine 647 Increase 1
27 107  Hong Kong 622 Steady
28 108  Mongolia 595 Steady
29 109  Cambodia 576 Steady
30 110  East Timor 571 Steady
31 112  Macau 535 Increase 1
32 116  Brunei 524 Steady
33 117  Maldives 454 Steady
 Jordan** 877
 Singapore** 614
 Laos** 596
 Philippines** 540
 Guam** 486
 Yemen* 578
   Nepal* 568
 Bhutan* 543

a number between brackets is the rank of the previous week. (*)= Provisional ranking (played at least 10 matches) (**)= Inactive for more than 24 months

Women's futsal[edit]

AFC Women's National Futsal Team Ranking by The Roon Ba
Update: March 2022

AFC FIFA Country Points
1 7  Iran 5721
2 10  Japan 5636
3 11  Thailand 5614
4 23  Vietnam 5317
5 25  China 5252
6 26  Jordan 5252
7 29  Chinese Taipei 5721
8 34  Indonesia 5127
9 35  Australia 5167
10 37  Uzbekistan 5092
11 40  Malaysia 5007
12 42  Syria 4991
13 45  Myanmar 4901
14 46  Hong Kong 4897
15 48  Lebanon 4870
16 49  Bahrain 4852
17 51  Philippines 4745
18 53  Palestine 4720
19 61  Iraq 4391
20 62  Laos 4390
21 64  Kyrgyzstan 4314
22 66  Bangladesh 4126
23 67  Tajikistan 3995
24 68  Macau 3991
25 69  United Arab Emirates 3987
26 70  Turkmenistan 3945
27 72  Saudi Arabia 3669
28 73  Qatar 3660
29 74  Kuwait 3553
30 75  Afghanistan 3368

Controversy[edit]

AFC Champions League[edit]

In 2020 AFC Champions League, the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from AFC on 17 January 2020 announcing that teams from Iran would not be allowed to host their home matches in their country due to security concerns.[30][31] The 4 AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed.[32][33] AFC announced on 23 January 2020 that any group stage matches which the Iranian teams were supposed to host on matchdays 1, 2 and 3 would be switched with the corresponding away matches to allow time to reassess the security concerns in the country.[34][35][36]

World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Tensions between the 2 Koreas during the 2010 World Cup qualification had led North Korea to withdraw from hosting South Korean team and refusing to display the South Korean flag and play their national anthem. As a result, North Korea's home matches were moved to Shanghai.[37]

During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, North Korea reluctantly agreed to host the South Korean team in Pyongyang, the first time North Korea hosted South Korea at home in a competitive match. North Korean government banned supporters from entering the stadium. The match ended a goalless draw, and as for the result of controversies, South Korea decided to pull out the bid for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, and accused North Korea of political meddling in sports. AFC was accused of doing little about the case, which led to AFC to decide the final of the 2019 AFC Cup would not be hosted in North Korea.[38]

On 9 March 2020, FIFA announced in a statement that matches between Asian qualifiers for World Cup 2022, which were scheduled for March and June, are postponed to a later time. The decision has been made due to the spread of SARS-CoV-2.[39] On 12 August 2020, FIFA and AFC have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021.[40]

See also[edit]

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