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    (Wikipedia) - Asian Football Confederation Asian Football Confederation Abbreviation Motto Formation Type Headquarters Region served Membership President Vice-president General Secretary Parent organization Website
    AFC
    The Future is Asia
    8 May 1954; 60 years ago (1954-05-08)
    Sports organization
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Asia
    47 member associations
    Salman Al-Khalifa
    Zhang Jilong
    Alex Soosay
    FIFA
    www.The-AFC.com

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. All the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia are members of UEFA (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey). Israel and Cyprus are also a UEFA members even though its lies entirely in Asia. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of 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 12 founder members were Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. The main headquarters is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

    Contents
    • 1 Members
      • 1.1 Former members
    • 2 Competitions
      • 2.1 Regional tournaments
      • 2.2 Current champions
    • 3 Women''s football in Asia
    • 4 Sponsors
    • 5 Awards
      • 5.1 AFC Footballer of the Year
      • 5.2 AFC International Footballer of the Year
      • 5.3 AFC Foreign Player of the Year
      • 5.4 AFC Women''s Footballer of the Year
      • 5.5 AFC Young Footballer of the Year
      • 5.6 AFC Coach of the Year
      • 5.7 AFC National Team of the Year
    • 6 FIFA World Cup
      • 6.1 Men
      • 6.2 Women
      • 6.3 Notes
    • 7 FIFA Confederations Cup
      • 7.1 Notes
    • 8 Summer Olympics
      • 8.1 Men
      • 8.2 Women
      • 8.3 Notes
    • 9 Rankings
      • 9.1 Men''s National Team
      • 9.2 Women''s National Teams
      • 9.3 National League (by IFFHS)
      • 9.4 Asian Football Clubs (by IFFHS)
      • 9.5 National League (by AFC)
    • 10 See also
    • 11 References
    • 12 External links

    Members

    The AFC has 47 member associations split into five regions.Below shows the member national associations of the regional federations.

    West Asia South East Asia East Asia2 South Asia Central Asia

    1: Quasi-member & associate AFC member 2: Palau presented a candidacy in 2008, and was under consideration in 2009, but as of 2013 got no definite reply and is not a member

    Former members
    • Israel Football Association 1954–1974; joined UEFA in 1994 because they were excluded from AFC competitions, as a result of a proposal by Kuwait which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.
    • Football Federation of Kazakhstan 1998–2002; joined UEFA in 2002
    Competitions

    The AFC runs the Asian Cup, a competition for the national football teams of Asia held every four years, as well as the Asian World Cup Qualifying Tournament and the AFC Challenge Cup. It also runs the Asian Olympics qualifying tournament. The AFC also runs three levels of annual international club competitions. The most prestigious (and oldest of the current AFC club competitions) is the AFC Champions League tournament, based on the UEFA Champions League, formed in 2002/03 with the amalgamation of the Asian Champions Cup and the Asian Cup Winners Cup. (An Asian Super Cup competition between the winners of these two major tournaments ended with the birth of the AFC Champions League.) The other competitions branched off this in 2004 when the ''Vision Asia'' blueprint for development was launched. This led to the top fourteen AFC nations, the ''mature nations'', sending their best teams to the AFC Champions League. The next 14 nations, the ''developing nations'' qualify to send their teams to the AFC Cup.

    The rest of the AFC-affiliated countries, the ''emerging nations'' send their teams to the AFC President''s Cup. The teams which qualify from each country are usually the champions and the cup winners. Currently there is no promotion and relegation between the different levels of nations.

    There are 12 AFC Nations that play in the UAFA organised Arab Nations Cup, namely: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

    Regional tournaments
    • Southeast Asia: ASEAN Football Championship (formerly known as the Tiger Cup prior to 2007 and AFF Suzuki Cup since 2008).
    • Central and South Asia:
      • Central Asia: Created 10 June 2014, no official tournament held between countries in this region yet.
      • South Asia: SAFF Championship.
    • East Asia: East Asian Football Championship.
    • West Asia: West Asian Football Federation Championship (Although not all West Asian countries enter).
    Current champions Men''s Asian Cup Men''s U-19 Men''s U-16 Men''s U-14 Men''s U-22 Champions League AFC Cup Futsal Futsal Club Women''s Asian Cup Women''s U-19 Women''s U-16 Women''s U-14 Beach Soccer EAFF WAFF AFF SAFF CAFF
     Japan  South Korea  North Korea  Iraq  Iraq Guangzhou Evergrande Kuwait SC  Japan Nagoya Oceans
     Japan  South Korea  Japan TBA  Iran  Japan  Qatar  Singapore  Afghanistan TBA
    Women''s football in Asia

    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. 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.

    Sponsors

    The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners"):

    • Fly Emirates
    • Nike
    • Nikon Corporation
    • ING
    • Panasonic
    • Tsingtao
    • Yanmar
    • Qatar Petroleum
    • QNB Group
    • Seiko
    • Qantas
    Awards AFC Footballer of the Year Main article: Asian Footballer of the Year

    The Asian Footballer of the Year award is presented to the best football player from Asia. Officially awarded since 1994, its official name is Asian Football Confederation''s Sanyo Player of the Year Award. Prior to 1994 it was awarded on an unofficial basis; the winners from 1988 to 1991 were chosen by IFFHS.

    Year Name Nation Club
    1995 Masami Ihara Japan Yokohama Marinos
    1996 Khodadad Azizi Iran Persepolis
    1997 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Bellmare
    1998 Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Perugia
    1999 Ali Daei Iran Bayern Munich/Hertha Berlin
    2000 Nawaf Al Temyat Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
    2001 Fan Zhiyi China Dundee
    2002 Shinji Ono Japan Feyenoord
    2003 Mehdi Mahdavikia Iran Hamburger SV
    2004 Ali Karimi Iran Al-Ahli
    2005 Hamad Al-Montashari Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
    2006 Khalfan Ibrahim Qatar Al-Sadd
    2007 Yasser Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
    2008 Server Djeparov Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
    2009 Yasuhito Endō Japan Gamba Osaka
    2010 Saša Ognenovski Australia Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
    2011 Server Djeparov Uzbekistan Al-Shabab
    2012 Lee Keun-Ho South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
    2013 Zheng Zhi China Guangzhou Evergrande
    AFC International Footballer of the Year Year Name Nation Club
    2012 Shinji Kagawa  Japan Manchester United
    2013 Yuto Nagatomo  Japan Inter Milan
    AFC Foreign Player of the Year Year Name Nation Club
    2012 Rogerinho  Brazil Kuwait SC
    2013 Muriqui  Brazil Guangzhou Evergrande
    AFC Women''s Footballer of the Year Year Name Nation Club
    1999 Sun Wen  China PR Shanghai SVA
    2003 Bai Jie  China PR Washington Freedom
    2004 Homare Sawa  Japan NTV Beleza
    2005 Natsuko Hara  Japan NTV Beleza
    2006 Ma Xiaoxu  China PR Dalian Shide
    2007 Ri Kum Suk  North Korea 4.25
    2008 Homare Sawa  Japan NTV Beleza
    2010 Kate Gill  Australia Perth Glory
    2011 Aya Miyama  Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle
    2012 Aya Miyama  Japan Okayama Yunogo Belle
    2013 Ji So-Yun  South Korea INAC Kobe Leonessa
    AFC Young Footballer of the Year Main article: Asian Young Footballer of the Year

    The Asian Young Footballer of the Year award is presented to the best young football player from Asia. Officially awarded since 1995 with the first award being given to Omani player, Mohammed Al-Kathiri.

    AFC Coach of the Year Year Name Team
    1994 Charnwit Polcheewin Thai Farmers Bank FC
    1995 Park Jong-Hwan Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
    1996 Ma Yuanan China women''s national team
    1997 Cha Bum-Kun Korea Republic national team
    1998 Takashi Kuwahara Júbilo Iwata
    1999 Mahmoud Rakhimov Uzbekistan national team
    2000 Philippe Troussier Japan national team
    2001 Nasser Al-Johar Saudi Arabia national team
    2002 Guus Hiddink Korea Republic national team
    2003 Cha Kyung-Bok Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
    2004 Adnan Hamad Iraq national team
    2006 Choe Kwang-Sok Korea DPR women''s U-20 national team
    2007 Rauf Inileev Uzbekistan national team
    2008 Akira Nishino Gamba Osaka
    2009 Huh Jung-Moo Korea Republic national team
    2010 Takeshi Okada Japan national team
    2011 Norio Sasaki Japan women''s national team
    2012 Kim Ho-Gon Ulsan Hyundai
    2013 Choi Yong-Soo FC Seoul
    AFC National Team of the Year Year National Team (men) National Team (women)
    2000  Japan
    2001  China PR
    2002  South Korea
    2003  Iraq
    2004  Japan
    2005  Japan
    2006  Australia
    2007  Iraq  North Korea
    2008  Japan  North Korea
    2009  South Korea  Japan U-20
    2010  Japan  Australia
    2011  Japan  Japan
    2012  South Korea Olympic  Japan
    2013  Iraq U-20  South Korea U-19
    FIFA World CupLegend
    • 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
    • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
    •  •  — Did not qualify
    •  ×  — Qualified but withdrew
    •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
    •     — Hosts
    Men Team19301934193819501954195819621966197019741978198219861990199419982002200620102014 GS•• • • • GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS 9 14 ••• • • • • • • GS R16 GS R16 GS 5 14 • GS• • GS • GS • GS 4 9 • • • • R16 GS GS GS • • 4 10 GS GS 2 2 QF•• • • •• GS • 2 9 •• GS • • • • • • 1 9 •• GS • • • • • • • 1 10 •• • • • • GS • • • 1 10 • • GS • • • • • • • • 1 11 1S•• • • • • • • • • • • 1 13 1 3 ו• • • • • • 1* 8 Total 0 0 1 1* 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 33
    Total inclusive WC Qual.
     South Korea
     Japan
     Iran
     Saudi Arabia
     Australia GS R16
     North Korea
     United Arab Emirates
     Iraq
     China PR
     Kuwait
     Indonesia
     Israel GS
     India
    Women Team1991199519992003200720112015 Total Total 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 24
     Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st Q 7
     China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF Q 6
     North Korea GS GS QF GS 4
     Australia GS GS GS QF QF Q 3
     South Korea GS Q 2
     Chinese Taipei QF 1
     Thailand Q 1
    Notes
  • ^ Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup as part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) though they had joined the AFC by the time the competition started. From 1972 to 1978 they were not a member of any confederation.
  • ^ Prior to independence in 1945 competed as Dutch East Indies, including their only World Cup finals appearance in 1938.
  • ^ Israel is now a member of UEFA, having been expelled from the AFC in 1974. For every World Cup other than 1958 and 1970, Israel entered into the European qualification tournament.
  • FIFA Confederations CupLegend Team↓ \ Hosts→ 1992199519971999200120032005200920132017Total 5 4 3 1 1 1 Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
     Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS
     Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th
     Australia × × 2nd 3rd GS
     Iraq × × GS
     South Korea × GS
     United Arab Emirates GS
    NotesSummer OlympicsLegend Men Nation1900190419081912192019241928193619481952195619601964196819721976198019841988199219962000200420082012 Total
     Japan QF QF 3rd QF 4th 9
     South Korea QF QF 3rd 9
     Iraq QF 4th 4
     India 4th 4
     China PR 3
     Iran QF 3
     Kuwait QF 3
     Chinese Taipei 2
     Israel QF QF UEFA member 2
     Qatar QF 2
     Saudi Arabia 2
     Thailand 2
     Australia OFC member 1
     Afghanistan 1
     Myanmar 1
     Indonesia QF 1
     Malaysia 1
     North Korea QF 1
     Syria 1
     United Arab Emirates 1
    Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 5 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 56
    Women Nation19962000200420082012 Total
     Japan QF 4th 2nd 4
     China PR 2nd QF 4
     Australia QF 2
     North Korea 2
    Total 2 2 3 3 2 12
    Notes
  • ^ a b Iran and Malaysia Qualified in 1980 but boycotted the event.
  • Rankings
    Men''s National Team

    Rankings are calculated by FIFA.

    AFC FIFA Country Points +/- Region
    1 44  Iran 572 +4 CAFF
    2 48  Japan 557 -4 EAFF
    3 58  Uzbekistan 530 -7 CAFF
    4 63  South Korea 501 -6 EAFF
    5 69  Jordan 450 -13 WAFF
    6 73  United Arab Emirates 430 -8 WAFF
    7 76  Oman 421 -9 WAFF
    8 82  Saudi Arabia 402 +1 WAFF
    9 84  Australia 390 -5 AFF
    10 90  Iraq 357 +1 WAFF
    11 96  Qatar 342 -4 WAFF
    12 97  China PR 341 EAFF
    13 102  Palestine 311 -14 WAFF
    14 104  Bahrain 305 +3 WAFF
    15 121  Lebanon 264 -6 WAFF
    16 124  Kuwait 250 -13 WAFF
    17 134  Philippines 218 -6 AFF
    18 135  Afghanistan 214 -6 CAFF
    19 136  Tajikistan 213 -16 CAFF
    20 141  Turkmenistan 197 -4 CAFF
    21 142  Vietnam 194 -3 AFF
    22 143  Myanmar 193 +17 AFF
    23 145  Maldives 183 SAFF
    24 149  Singapore 163 +3 AFF
    25 150  North Korea 160 -4 EAFF
    26 151  Kyrgyzstan 158 -7 CAFF
    27 152  Syria 154 -5 WAFF
    28 154  Malaysia 134 +1 AFF
    29 156  Indonesia 130 -3 AFF
    30 158  India 116 -8 SAFF
    31 158  Thailand 116 -1 AFF
    32 164  Guam 102 -1 EAFF
    33 164  Hong Kong 102 -3 EAFF
    34 169  Laos 84 +3 AFF
    35 175  Pakistan 77 -11 SAFF
    36 176  Sri Lanka 76 +2 SAFF
    37 178  Chinese Taipei 70 +1 EAFF
    38 181  Bangladesh 65 -11 SAFF
    39 183    Nepal 62 -17 SAFF
    40 184  Yemen 58 WAFF
    41 186  Macau 41 EAFF
    42 191  Mongolia 29 -1 EAFF
    43 193  Brunei 26 AFF
    44 193  Timor-Leste 26 AFF
    45 199  Cambodia 13 +2 AFF
    46 208  Bhutan 0 SAFF

    Last updated 18 September 2014

    Women''s National Teams

    Rankings are calculated by FIFA.

    AFC FIFA Country Points +/- Region
    1 3  Japan 2071 EAFF
    2 9  Australia 1957 -1 AFF
    3 10  North Korea 1956 -2 EAFF
    4 17  South Korea 1829 EAFF
    5 18  China PR 1826 -2 EAFF
    6 28  Vietnam 1661 AFF
    7 32  Thailand 1639 -1 AFF
    8 39  Chinese Taipei 1564 EAFF
    9 42  Myanmar 1548 1 AFF
    10 42  Uzbekistan 1548 3 CAFF
    11 49  India 1431 1 SAFF
    12 52  Jordan 1415 1 WAFF
    13 53  Iran 1412 2 CAFF
    14 61  Hong Kong 1361 3 EAFF
    15 68  Indonesia 1330 AFF
    16 73  Bahrain 1314 WAFF
    17 75  Philippines 1311 AFF
    18 76  Guam 1294 EAFF
    19 77  Laos 1293 AFF
    20 78  Malaysia 1266 1 AFF
    21 84  Palestine 1182 1 WAFF
    22 85  Singapore 1177 1 AFF
    23 91  Kyrgyzstan 1136 2 CAFF
    24 94    Nepal 1104 5 SAFF
    25 100  Bangladesh 979 3 SAFF
    26 101  Sri Lanka 965 3 SAFF
    27 102  Lebanon 955 3 WAFF
    28 103  Maldives 942 3 SAFF
    29 106  Pakistan 937 3 SAFF
    30 108  Afghanistan 899 3 CAFF
    31 110  Kuwait 870 4 WAFF
    32 111  Qatar 867 1 WAFF
    33 115  Bhutan 785 2 SAFF
    34 118  Syria 927 WAFF
    35 118  Iraq 882 WAFF
    36 118  United Arab Emirates 1665 WAFF

    Last updated 10 January 2014

    National League (by IFFHS)

    Rankings are calculated by IFFHS .

    AFC IFFHS Country Points +/-
    1 23 Korea Republic 571,5
    2 24 Saudi Arabia 519,0 1
    3 30 Japan 469,5 1
    4 34 China 430,5 6
    5 37 Iran 419,0 1
    6 56 Kuwait 327,0 5
    7 63 Thailand 315,0 2
    8 66 Qatar 310,0 5
    9 69 Uzbekistan 299,5 1
    10 71 UAE 293,5 1
    11 74 Iraq 283,5 8
    12 75 Oman 282,5 6
    13 85 Jordan 248,5 3
    14 88 Malaysia 242,0 8
    15 90 Lebanon 234,0 3
    16 92 India 229,0 2
    17 93 Bahrain 220,5 6
    18 94 Singapore 215,5 1
    19 95 Indonesia 209,0 3
    20 99 Australia 200,0 13
    21 100 Hong Kong 192,5
    22 102 Vietnam 187,0 7
    23 103 Yemen 171,0 3
    24 106 Turkmenistan 159,5
    25 121 Myanmar 114,0

    Top 100 National League in 2013

    Asian Football Clubs (by IFFHS)

    Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.

    AFC IFFHS Club Points
    1 34 Guangzhou Evergrande 178,5
    2 51 FC Seoul 161
    3 67 Esteghlal 148
    4 84 Al Shabab FC 134,5
    5 91 Pohang Steelers 130,5
    6 95 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 128,5
    7 100 Kashiwa Reysol 126
    8 103 Al-Hilal FC 124
    9 109 Buriram United 120
    10 112 Al-Ahli SC 107,5
    11 126 Qadsia SC 115,5
    12 132 Kuwait SC 111,5
    13 169 Erbil SC 99
    14 172 Bunyodkor PFK 97,5
    15 184 Urawa Red Diamonds 93

    Last updated 8 January 2014

    National League (by AFC)

    This league ranking is used by the AFC to determine the number of participants in the AFC Champions League. The assessments was conducted by AFC Pro-League committee during 2006–2008, and is based on the football competitiveness, professionalism, marketability, and financial status of the league and its clubs. The assessment ranking will be updated every two years, as the next one will be published in November 2010.

    AFC Final Assessment Ranking for 2013 season

    The Asian Football Confederation announced the ACL berths (see below) for AFC Champions League 2014 in November, 2013.

    Evaluation for 2014 AFC Champions League
    Fulfills criteria (> 600 points)
    Does not fulfill criteria, but allocated slots
    Not assessed, but allocated slots
    West Asia Zone Rank Member Association Points Spots Group stage Play-off Total 14 10
    1 Iran 908.47 4 0
    2 Saudi Arabia 869.62 4 0
    3 UAE 848.94 3 1
    4 Qatar 848.56 2 2
    5 Uzbekistan 693.38 1 2
    6 India 526.55 0 1
    7 Jordan 500.89 0 1
    8 Oman 390.02 0 1
    9 Bahrain 253.67 0 1
    10 Iraq Not assessed 0 1
    10 Kuwait Not assessed 0 1
    East Asia Zone Rank Member Association Points Spots Group stage Play-off Total 14 8
    1 Japan 935.30 4 0
    2 Korea Republic 887.45 4 0
    3 China PR 843.54 3 1
    4 Australia 804.08 2 1
    5 Thailand 601.20 1 2
    6 Singapore 438.34 0 1
    7 Hong Kong 408.02 0 1
    8 Vietnam 301.31 0 1

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