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Asian Football Confederation

AFC members
Motto "The Future is Asia"
Formation 8 May 1954
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Membership 46 member associations (from 4 regional federations)
President Mohammed Bin Hammam
Website www.the-afc.com

The 46 member Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of football in Asia, excluding Israel and (since 2006) including Australia.

The AFC was founded on 8 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines, and is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. (Nations with both European and Asian territory, such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia, are instead covered by UEFA; Israel and Armenia which lie entirely in Asia, are also UEFA members.) The main headquarters is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Mohammed Bin Hammam of Qatar.

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AFC competitions

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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.[1] Currently there is no promotion and relegation between the different levels of nations.

The AFC plans to revamp 22 leagues in Asia, 10 of them by 2009-2012. This is due to the poor performance / absence of Asian teams in the 2006 World Cup. The reforms include: increasing transparency, increase competitiveness, improving training facilities and forcing the leagues to have a system of relegation and promotion.[2]

The 10 leagues marked for reform are: Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, India, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The proposal would mark a radical change in Australia, where professional leagues in all sports are organised on a model of franchised teams and closed league membership, a system most commonly identified with North America.

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

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.[3] 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.

Regions

The AFC is split into four regions.[4] Below shows how the national teams of Asia are split up by region (but are not necessarily part of their regional football federation). As a rule, because of cultural restrictions, only the ASEAN and East Asian regions field equivalent women's teams.

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ASEAN Football Federation

East Asian Football Federation

West Asian Football Federation

Central and South Asian Football Federation

AFC & SAFF Members

AFC & CAFF Members

Competitions

AFC tournaments

Regional tournaments

AFC Countries Members National League Ranking

P National League Grades
1 Japan J. League Grade A
2 South Korea K-League Grade A
3 People's Republic of China Chinese Super League Grade B
4 Saudi Arabia Saudi Professional League Grade B
5 United Arab Emirates UAE Football League Grade B
6 Australia A-League Grade B
7 Iran Iran Pro League Grade B
8 Indonesia Indonesian Super League Grade B
9 Singapore S. League Grade B
10 Uzbekistan Uzbek League Grade C
11 Qatar Qatar Stars League Grade C
12 Thailand Thai Premier League Grade C
13 Vietnam V-League Grade C
14 India I-League Grade C
15 Pakistan Pakistan Premier League Grade C
16 Syria Syrian Premier League Grade C
17 Jordan Jordan League Grade D
18 Kuwait Kuwaiti Premier League Grade D
19 Malaysia Super League Malaysia Grade D
20 Hong Kong Hong Kong First Division League Grade D
21 Oman Omani League Grade D
22 Bahrain Bahraini Premier League Grade D
23 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Higher League Grade D
East Asia
West Asia

Awards

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. The 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 Footballer Nation Club
1988 Ahmed Radhi  Iraq Iraq Al-Rasheed
1989 Kim Joo-Sung  Korea Republic South Korea Daewoo Royals
1990 Kim Joo-Sung  Korea Republic South Korea Daewoo Royals
1991 Kim Joo-Sung  Korea Republic South Korea Daewoo Royals
1992
No award
1993 Kazuyoshi Miura  Japan Japan Verdy Kawasaki
1994 Saeed Owairan  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
1995 Masami Ihara  Japan Japan Yokohama Marinos
1996 Khodadad Azizi  Iran Iran Bahman
1997 Hidetoshi Nakata  Japan Japan Bellmare Hiratsuka
1998 Hidetoshi Nakata  Japan Italy Perugia
1999 Ali Daei  Iran Germany Hertha Berlin
2000 Nawaf Al Temyat  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2001 Fan Zhiyi  China PR Scotland Dundee
2002 Shinji Ono  Japan Netherlands Feyenoord
2003 Mehdi Mahdavikia  Iran Germany Hamburger SV
2004 Ali Karimi  Iran United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli
2005 Hamad Al-Montashari  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
2006 Khalfan Ibrahim  Qatar Qatar Al-Sadd
2007 Yasser Al-Qahtani  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
2008 Server Djeparov  Uzbekistan Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor
2009 Yasuhito Endo  Japan Japan Gamba Osaka

Wins By Country

Nation Winners
 Japan 6
 Saudi Arabia 4
 Iran 4
 Korea Republic 3
 Uzbekistan 1
 China PR 1
 Iraq 1
 Qatar 1

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.

Year Footballer Nation Club Remarks
1995 Mohammed Al-Kathiri  Oman Oman Al-Nasr Man
1996 Bamrung Boonprom  Thailand Thailand Bangkok Bank Man
1997 Mehdi Mahdavikia  Iran Iran Persepolis Man
1998 Shinji Ono  Japan Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Man
1999 Waleed Hamzah  Qatar Qatar Al-Arabi Man
2000 Ryoichi Maeda  Japan Japan Jubilo Iwata Man
2001 Du Wei  China People's Republic of China Shanghai Shenhua Man
2002 Lee Chun-Soo  South Korea South Korea Ulsan Tigers Man
2003 Yoshito Okubo  Japan Japan Cerezo Osaka Man
2004 Park Chu-Young  South Korea South Korea Korea University Man
2005 Choe Myong-Ho  North Korea North Korea Kyonggongop Man
2006 Ma Xiaoxu  China People's Republic of China Dalian Shide Woman
2007 Kim Kum-Il  North Korea North Korea April 25 Sports Group Man
2008 Ahmad Khalil  United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Men's Winners
Mana Iwabuchi  Japan Japan NTV Beleza Women's Winners
2009 Ki Sung-Yong  South Korea South Korea FC Seoul Man

AFC Coach of the Year

Year Name Team
1994 Thailand Charnwit Polcheewin Thailand Thai Farmers Bank FC
1995 South Korea Park Jong hwan South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
1996 People's Republic of China Ma Yuanan People's Republic of China China women's national football team
1997 South Korea Cha Bum Kun South Korea Korea Republic national team
1998 Japan Takashi Kuwahara Japan Júbilo Iwata
1999 Uzbekistan Mahmoud Rakhimov
2000 France Philippe Troussier Japan Japan national team
2001 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Johar Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia national team
2002 Netherlands Guus Hiddink South Korea Korea Republic national team
2003 South Korea Cha Kyung-Bok South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2004 Iraq Adnan Hamad Iraq Iraq national team
2005 No award
2006 North Korea Choe Kwang-Sok North Korea Korea DPR women's U-20 national team
2007 Uzbekistan Rauf Inileyev Uzbekistan Uzbekistan national team
2008 Japan Akira Nishino Japan Gamba Osaka
2009 South Korea Huh Jung-Moo South Korea Korea Republic national team

AFC Women's Player of the Year

Year Name Nation
2004 Homare Sawa  Japan
2005 Natsuko Hara  Japan
2006 Ma Xiaoxu  China PR
2007 Ri Kum Suk  Korea DPR
2008 Homare Sawa  Japan

Summer Olympics qualifiers

(Note: Where applicable, numbers refer to the number of teams from each country)

Men

Nation France
1900
United States
1904
United Kingdom
1908
Sweden
1912
Belgium
1920
France
1924
Netherlands
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
People's Republic of China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
Japan 8
South Korea 8
Australia 7
India 4
Iraq 4
Chinese Taipei 3
Iran 3
Kuwait 3
China 2
Israel 2
Qatar 2
Saudi Arabia 2
Thailand 2
Afghanistan 1
Burma 1
Indonesia 1
Malaysia 1
North Korea 1
Syria 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 56

Women

Nation United States
1996
Australia
2000
Greece
2004
People's Republic of China
2008
United Kingdom
2012
Total
China 4
Japan 3
North Korea 1
Total 2 1 2 3 8

World Cup qualifiers

The following table shows the AFC representatives at each edition of the FIFA World Cup, sorted by number of appearances.

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 KoreaJapan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Total
 Korea Republic R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 4th R1 8
 Japan R1 R2 R1 4
 Saudi Arabia R2 R1 R1 R1 4
 Iran R1 R1 R1 3
 Australia1 R1 R2 3
 Korea DPR QF 2
 China PR R1 1
 India 1
 Indonesia R1 1
 Iraq R1 1
 Kuwait R1 1
 United Arab Emirates R1 1
 Israel2 R1 1
Total 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 5 4 30

   — Hosts

1Australia qualified in 2006 under the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). From 1972 to 1978 they were not a member of any confederation.

2Israel is now a member of UEFA.

Totals (current members)

Women's World Cup qualifiers

The following table shows the AFC representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by number of appearances. Australia made its first three appearances in the tournament as an OFC member.

Team People's Republic of China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
People's Republic of China
2007
Germany
2011
Total
 China PR 5
 Japan 5
 Australia 4
 Korea DPR 3
 Chinese Taipei 1
 Korea Republic 1
Total 3 2 3 4 4 16

Rankings

National Teams

Men's Team

Rankings are calculated by FIFA .[5]

AFC FIFA Country Points
1 23  Australia 857
2 40  Japan 729
3 49  Korea Republic 634
4 59  Saudi Arabia 538
5 60  Bahrain 530
6 63  Iran 499
7 75  Uzbekistan 431
8 85  Korea DPR 378
9 86  Iraq 375
10 87  China PR 373
11 89  Qatar 370
12 92  Kuwait 358
13 93  Oman 352
14 98  Thailand 333
15 100  Syria 331
16 105  Yemen 294
17 106  Jordan 276
18 113  United Arab Emirates 241
19 116  Vietnam 231
20 120  Singapore 217
21 130  India 166
22 134  Turkmenistan 157
23 136  Indonesia 155
24 137  Hong Kong 153
25 140  Maldives 146
26 141  Myanmar 144
27 145  Lebanon 127
28 148  Tajikistan 123
29 150  Bangladesh 117
30 151  Sri Lanka 115
31 152  Nepal 112
32 156  Pakistan 105
33 158  Kyrgyzstan 103
34 159  Malaysia 100
35 162  Chinese Taipei 92
36 167  Philippines 85
37 170  Mongolia 61
38 172  Palestine 57
39 173  Cambodia 56
40 179  Laos 39
41 184  Guam 34
42 188  Macau 31
43 191  Brunei 25
44 194  Afghanistan 20
45 197  Bhutan 17
46 200  Timor-Leste 4

Last updated February 03, 2010

Women's Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[6]

AFC FIFA Country Points
1 5  Korea DPR 2026
2 6  Japan 2010
3 13  China PR 1938
4 14  Australia 1892
5 21  Korea Republic 1793
6 32  Vietnam 1638
7 33  Thailand 1601
8 35  Chinese Taipei 1589
9 43  Myanmar 1542
10 47  Uzbekistan 1502

Last updated December 18, 2009

National League

Rankings are calculated by IFFHS .

AFC IFFHS Country Points
1 28 Japan Japan 460,0
2 31 South Korea South Korea 413,0
3 32 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 405.5
4 33 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 392,5
5 50 Iran Iran 329,5
6 57 Syria Syria 314,0
7 62 Thailand Thailand 298,0
8 67 Singapore Singapore 286,5
9 70 United Arab Emirates UAE 281,0
10 72 People's Republic of China China 268,5
11 76 Vietnam Vietnam 262,5
12 78 Malaysia Malaysia 261,0
13 80 Lebanon Lebanon 254,5
14 81 Yemen Yemen 253,5
15 84 Australia Australia 249,0
16 87 Indonesia Indonesia 247,5
17 88 Kuwait Kuwait 244,0
18 89 Jordan Jordan 243,5
19 90 Qatar Qatar 243,0
20 91 Hong Kong Hong Kong 242,5
21 93 Bahrain Bahrain 238,0
22 99 Oman Oman 204,0

Top 100 National League in 2009

Asian Football Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[7]

AFC IFFHS Club Points
1 61 South Korea Pohang Steelers 150,5
2 87 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 125,5
3 98 Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor 120.0
Uzbekistan FC Pakhtakor Tashkent
5 112 Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan 115,5
6 116 Syria Al-Karamah 113,0
7 118 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 112,5
8 129 Japan Gamba Osaka 110,0
9 137 Japan Nagoya Grampus 107,0
10 155 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 101,5
11 159 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 99,5
12 166 Japan Kashima Antlers 96,0
13 183 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 91,5
14 198 Thailand Chonburi FC 87,5
15 204 Hong Kong South China AA 85,5
16 223 Syria Al-Majd 81,0
Bahrain Al-Muharraq
18 230 Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 80,5
19 236 Singapore Singapore Armed Forces FC 79,5
20 237 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 79,5
21 241 Iran Persepolis 78,5
22 242 Jordan Al-Wihdat Amman 78,5
23 248 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings F.C. 77,5
24 253 Lebanon Al-Ahed 76,5
25 254 South Korea FC Seoul 76,5
26 269 Singapore Home United FC 74,0
27 276 Qatar Al-Gharafa Sports Club 73,5
28 280 Bahrain Busaiteen Club 72,5
29 288 Iran Sepahan F.C. 71,5
30 293 Qatar Umm-Salal Sports Club 71,0
31 294 Australia Newcastle United Jets FC 70,5
32 299 Malaysia Selangor FA 69,5
33 321 Iran Zob Ahan F.C. 67,5
34 326 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab Dubai 67,0
35 347 Kuwait Al-Arabi Al-Mansouriah 65,0
36 348 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 65,0
37 350 Malaysia Kedah FA 64,5
38 353 Lebanon Safa Beirut SC 64,5

Last updated 31 January 2010

See also

IFFHS Asia's best clubs of the 20th century

References

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Simple English

The Asian Football Confederation often referred to as just AFC , is the organization that controls Asian football.

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