Asian Football Confederation

The Asian Football Confederation is a 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, a territory of the United States, and the Northern Mariana Islands, 1 of the 2 commonwealths of the United States are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) is the section of AFC who manage 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]

Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
AFC.svg
AbbreviationAFC
Formation7 May 1954; 68 years ago (1954-05-07)
Founded atManila, Philippines[1]
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia and Oceania
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English, Arabic[2]
Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Vice Presidents
See list
General Secretary
Dato' 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

Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[6]
FIFA Council Members[6]
AFC Vice Presidents[6]
AFC Executive Committee Members[6]
  •   Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  •   Hachem Haider
  •   Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  •   Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  •   Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  •   Chris Nikou
  •   Hamidin Mohd Amin
  •   Tran Quoc Tuan
  •   Fok Kai Shan Eric
  •   Susan Shalabi Molano
  •   Kanya Keomany
  •   Han Un-gyong
General Secretary

Sponsors

Sponsors[7]
Official Global Partners
  Continental
  Credit Saison
  Neom
  Yili
Official Global Supporters
  Kelme
  Konami
  Molten
Official Regional Partners
  China Mobile
  KDDI
  Kirin
  TVING
  PhinDeli Café
AFC Champions League Partners
  Neom
  Konami
  Molten

Member associations

 
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, Iran, India, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia and South 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
IDN   Indonesia 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO   Laos 1951 1952 1968 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   Islamic Republic of Iran 1920 1948 1954 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 PR 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

  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

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

National teams

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

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

National teams

Clubs

Current title holders

Tournament Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition[22][23] Dates
National teams
AFC Asian Cup 2019
(Final)
  Qatar 1st   Japan 2023
(Final)
Qualification:
6 June 2019 – 14 June 2022


Finals:
16 June – 16 July 2023
AFC Solidarity Cup 2016
(Final)
    Nepal 1st   Macau 2024
(Final)
Men's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018   South Korea 5th   Japan 2023
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)
Qualification:
10–18 September


Finals:
TBD
AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2018
(Final)
  Japan 3rd   Tajikistan 2023
(Final)
Qualification:
1–9 October 2022


Finals:
TBD
Boys' Asian Youth Games Football Tournament 2013   South Korea 2nd   Iran 2021
AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2018
(Final)
  Iran 12th   Japan 2022
(Final)
Qualification:
1–15 April 2022


Finals:
25 September – 20 October 2022
Men's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017   Iran 5th   Uzbekistan 2021
AFC U-20 Futsal Asian Cup 2019
(Final)
  Japan 1st   Afghanistan 2023
(Final)
Qualification:
7–16 October 2022

Finals:
TBD
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 PR 9th   South Korea 2026
(Final)
Women's Asian Games Football Tournament 2018   Japan 2nd   China PR 2023
AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup 2019
(Final)
  Japan 6th   North Korea 2024
(Final)
Qualification:
First round;
4–12 March 2023
Second round;
3–11 June 2023


Finals:
3–16 March 2024
AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup 2019
(Final)
  Japan 4th   North Korea 2024
(Final)
Qualification:
First round;
22–30 April 2023
Second round;
16–24 September 2023


Finals:
7–20 April 2024 (expected)
AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup 2018
(Final)
  Iran 2nd   Japan 2022
(Final)
14–25 September 2022
Women's Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal Tournament 2017   Thailand 1st   Japan 2023
Club teams
AFC Champions League 2021
(Final)
  Al-Hilal 4th   Pohang Steelers 2022
(Final)
Qualifying:
8–15 March 2022


Competition proper:
7 April 2022 – 26 February 2023
AFC Cup 2021
(Final)
  Al-Muharraq 2nd   Nasaf 2022
(Final)
Qualifying:
5–19 April 2022


Competition proper:
18 May – 22 October 2022
AFC Futsal Club Championship 2019
(Final)
  Nagoya Oceans 4th   Mes Sungun 2023
(Final)
Club teams (women)
AFC Women's Club Championship 2021   Amman 1st   Shahrdari Sirjan 2022 15 August – 22 October 2022

Defunct tournaments

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Most titles
National teams
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 2007   Japan 2nd   Egypt   Japan
(2)
AFC-OFC Challenge Cup 2003   Iran 1st   New Zealand   Iran
  Japan
(1)
AFC Challenge Cup 2014   Palestine 1st   Philippines   North Korea
(2)
AFC U-14 Championship 2014   Iraq 1st   North Korea   Iraq
(1)
Club teams
Afro-Asian Club Championship 1998   Raja Casablanca 1st   Pohang Steelers   Zamalek
(2)
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001–02   Al-Hilal 2nd   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   Al-Hilal
  Yokohama Marinos
(2)
President's Cup 2014   HTTU Asgabat 1st   Rimyongsu   Regar TadAZ
(3)
Asian Super Cup 2002   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd   Al-Hilal   Al-Hilal
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
(2)

Titles by nation

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 3 1 3 3 1 7 5 2 1 4 2 1   Japan 57
  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 3 2 6 6 3   Saudi Arabia 23
  China PR 1 2 9 3 1 3   China PR 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

FIFA World Rankings

FIFA Men's Rankings (as of 23 June 2022)[24]
AFC* FIFA +/- National Team Points
1 23   2   Iran 1558.64
2 24   1   Japan 1552.77
3 28   1   South Korea 1526.2
4 39   3   Australia 1483.73
5 49   2   Qatar 1441.41
6 53   4   Saudi Arabia 1435.74
7 69   1   United Arab Emirates 1346.09
8 70   2   Iraq 1338.91
9 75     Oman 1323.03
10 77   6   Uzbekistan 1306.63
11 78   1   China PR 1304.02
12 85   4   Bahrain 1289.25
13 86   5   Jordan 1279.74
14 89   1   Syria 1265.03
15 94   6   Palestine 1233.72
16 95     Kyrgyzstan 1232.91
17 97   1   Vietnam 1218.84
18 100   3   Lebanon 1211.71
19 104   2   India 1198.65
20 108   6   Tajikistan 1179.1
21 111     Thailand 1170.69
22 112   3   North Korea 1169.96
23 134   1   Philippines 1113.75
24 135   1   Turkmenistan 1100.47
25 145   2   Hong Kong 1061.15
26 147   7   Malaysia 1057.59
27 148   2   Kuwait 1053.41
28 153   2   Yemen 1023.52
29 154   4   Afghanistan 1023.04
30 155   4   Indonesia 1019.19
31 156     Maldives 1018.25
32 157     Chinese Taipei 1017.78
33 158   6   Myanmar 1011.91
34 159   1   Singapore 1004.75
35 174   3   Cambodia 954.3
36 176   8     Nepal 950.45
37 182     Macau 922.1
38 183   2   Laos 914.66
39 184   2   Mongolia 913.55
40 186   1   Bhutan 910.96
41 190   1   Brunei 897.1
42 192   4   Bangladesh 883.18
43 196   1   Pakistan 866.81
44 199   1   Timor-Leste 861.43
45 205   2   Guam 838.33
46 207   2   Sri Lanka 825.25
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points
FIFA Women's Rankings (as of 17 June 2022)[25]
AFC* FIFA +/- National Team Points
1 10     North Korea 1940
2 12     Australia 1912.74
3 13     Japan 1910.67
4 16     China PR 1858.99
5 18   1   South Korea 1845.01
6 32     Vietnam 1655.51
7 40     Chinese Taipei 1585.21
8 43     Thailand 1547.02
9 46   2   Uzbekistan 1518.18
10 48   3   Myanmar 1517.59
11 53   1   Philippines 1455.22
12 56   3   India 1425.51
13 65   2   Jordan 1377.44
14 70     Iran 1361.16
15 78     Hong Kong 1307.29
16 83     Laos 1259.22
17 84   3   Bahrain 1254.12
18 85   3   Malaysia 1252.58
19 95   1   Indonesia 1220.39
20 96   1   Guam 1218.07
21 101   1     Nepal 1196.73
22 106     United Arab Emirates 1181.72
23 125   1   Kyrgyzstan 1118
24 128     Mongolia 1111.95
25 129     Palestine 1103.05
26 132   3   Singapore 1084.94
27 139     Tajikistan 1044.07
28 141     Lebanon 1032.23
29 146   1   Bangladesh 1004.61
30 149   1   Sri Lanka 968
31 153   1   Maldives 952.73
32 172   3   Bhutan 769
*Local rankings based on FIFA ranking points

Historical leaders

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

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 PR
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 PR   South Korea
2019   Australia   Japan   North Korea   China PR
2018   Australia   Japan   North Korea   South Korea
2017   Australia   Japan   North Korea   South Korea
2016   Australia   Japan   North Korea   China PR
2015   Japan   North Korea   Australia   China PR
2014   Japan   North Korea   Australia   China PR
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 PR
2009   North Korea   Japan   China PR   Australia
2008   North Korea   Japan   China PR   Australia
2007   North Korea   Japan   Australia   China PR
2006   North Korea   China PR   Japan   South Korea
2005   North Korea   China PR   Japan   South Korea
2004   China PR   North Korea   Japan   Chinese Taipei
2003   China PR   North Korea   Japan   Chinese Taipei

Men's elo rankings

World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members:[26]

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

Club Competitions Ranking

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 PR 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

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

Per 16 May 2022:[29]

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

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

AFC Champions League

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

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

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