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Asian Football Confederation

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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 geographically 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.

Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
Asian Football Confederation member associations map.svg
Abbreviation AFC
Motto ONE ASIA ONE GOAL
Formation 8 May 1954; 63 years ago (1954-05-08)
Type Sport organisation
Headquarters Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
Vice-president
General Secretary
Dato' Windsor John[1][2]
Parent organization
FIFA
Website www.the-afc.com

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.

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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.[citation needed]

MembersEdit

 
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 (M, W) 1957 1968 1969 Yes
IRQ   Iraq (M, W) 1948 1950 1970 Yes
JOR   Jordan (M, W) 1949 1956 1970 Yes
KUW   Kuwait (M, W) 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LIB   Lebanon (M, W) 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA   Oman (M, W) 1978 1980 1980 Yes
PLE   Palestine (M, W) 1928 1995 1995 Yes
QAT   Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1974 Yes
KSA   Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR   Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1970 Yes
UAE   United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM   Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1980 Yes
Central Asian Football Association (CAFA)
AFG   Afghanistan (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
IRN   Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1954 Yes
KGZ   Kyrgyzstan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
TJK   Tajikistan (M, W) 1936 1994 1993 Yes
TKM   Turkmenistan (M, W) 1992 1994 1993 Yes
UZB   Uzbekistan (M, W) 1946 1994 1993 Yes
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
BAN   Bangladesh (M, W) 1972 1976 1973 Yes
BHU   Bhutan (M, W) 1983 2000 1993 Yes
IND   India (M, W) 1937 1948 1954 Yes
MDV   Maldives (M, W) 1982 1986 1984 Yes
NEP   Nepal (M, W) 1951 1972 1954 Yes
PAK   Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI   Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1954 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
CHN   China (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
GUM   Guam[m 1] (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes[m 2]
HKG   Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN   Japan (M, W) 1921 1921 1954 Yes
PRK   North Korea (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR   South Korea (M, W) 1928 1948 1954 Yes
MAC   Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 Yes
MNG   Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI   Northern Mariana Islands[m 1][m 3] (M, W) 2005 N/A 2009 No[m 4]
TPE   Chinese Taipei[m 5] (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
AUS   Australia[m 1][m 6] (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes[m 2]
BRU   Brunei (M, W) 1959 1972 1969 Yes
CAM   Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
IDN   Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO   Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1968 Yes
MAS   Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1954 Yes
MYA   Myanmar (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
PHI   Philippines (M, W) 1907 1930 1954 Yes
SIN   Singapore (M, W) 1892 1952 1954 Yes
THA   Thailand (M, W) 1916 1925 1954 Yes
TLS   East Timor (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE   Vietnam (M, W) 1960 1964 1978 Yes

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Oceania country or territory, but AFC member.
  2. ^ a b Oceania country or territory is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees rather than the Olympic Council of Asia.
  3. ^ Associate AFC member, not a FIFA member.
  4. ^ Part of the United States Olympic Committee.
  5. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1976–1982), joined AFC.
  6. ^ Former member of the Oceania Football Confederation (1966–2006), joined AFC.

Former membersEdit

CompetitionsEdit

InternationalEdit

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.

ClubEdit

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.[7]

The AFC also runs an annual Asian futsal club competition, the AFC Futsal Club Championship.

Current title holdersEdit

Competitions Champion Title Next edition
Clubs Men
AFC Champions League   Urawa Red Diamonds 2nd 2018
AFC Cup   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2nd 2018
AFC Futsal Club Championship   Chonburi Bluewave 2nd 2018
Nations Men
AFC Asian Cup   Australia 1st 2019
AFC U-23 Championship   Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Championship   Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-16 Championship   Iraq 1st 2018
AFC U-14 Championship   Iraq 1st TBA
AFC Solidarity Cup     Nepal 1st 2020
AFC Futsal Championship   Iran 11th 2018
AFC U-20 Futsal Championship   Iran 1st 2019
AFC Beach Soccer Championship   Iran 2nd 2019
Nations Women
AFC Women's Asian Cup   Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Women's Championship   Japan 5th 2019
AFC U-16 Women's Championship   North Korea 3rd 2019
AFC Women's Futsal Championship   Iran 1st 2018

AFC CompetitionsEdit

SponsorsEdit

RankingsEdit

Hall of FameEdit

Asian IconsEdit

Major tournamentsEdit

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 CupEdit

Team  
1930
 
1934
 
1938
 
1950
 
1954
 
1958
 
1962
 
1966
 
1970
 
1974
 
1978
 
1982
 
1986
 
1990
 
1994
 
1998
 
 
2002
 
2006
 
2010
 
2014
 
2018
Total
  South Korea × × × × GS × × GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS q 10
  Japan × × × × × × GS R16 GS R16 GS q 6
  Iran × × × × × × × × × GS × × GS GS GS q 5
  Saudi Arabia Did not exist × × × × × R16 GS GS GS q 5
  Australia Part of OFC GS GS q 3
  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[16] × × 1S × × × × × × 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 5 37

AFC Asian CupEdit

Team  
1956
 
1960
 
1964
 
1968
 
1972
 
1976
 
1980
 
1984
 
1988
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
 
 
 
2007
 
2011
 
2015
 
2019
Years
  Australia QF 2nd 1st q 4
  Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS 5
  Bangladesh GS 1
  Cambodia 4th 1
  China PR 3rd GS 2nd 4th 3rd QF 4th 2nd GS GS QF q 12
  Chinese Taipei 3rd 4th 2
  Hong Kong 3rd 4th 5th 3
  India 2nd GS GS q 4
  Indonesia GS GS GS GS 4
  Iran 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd GS 3rd QF 3rd QF QF QF q 14
  Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th q 9
  Israel 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 4
  Japan GS 1st QF 1st 1st 4th 1st QF q 9
  Jordan QF QF GS 3
  Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
  Lebanon GS 1
  Malaysia GS GS GS 3
  Myanmar 2nd 1
  North Korea 4th GS GS GS 4
  Oman GS GS GS q 4
  Palestine GS q 2
  Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS q 10
  Saudi Arabia 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd GS 2nd GS GS q 10
  Singapore GS 1
  South Korea 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd GS 2nd QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 2nd q 14
  South Yemen GS 1
  Syria GS GS GS GS GS q 6
  Thailand 3rd GS GS GS GS GS q 7
  Turkmenistan GS 1
  United Arab Emirates GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd q 10
  Uzbekistan GS GS QF QF 4th QF q 7
  Vietnam 4th 4th QF 3
Total 4 4 4 5 6 6 10 10 10 8 12 12 16 16 16 16 24

NotesEdit

Other international tournamentsEdit

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Team  
1992
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2009
 
2013
 
2017

2021
Total
  Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS 5
  Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
  South Korea GS 1
  Australia Part of OFC GS 1
  Iraq GS 1
  United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 13

Summer OlympicsEdit

Team
1900 to
1928
 
1936
 
1948
 
1952
 
1956
 
1960
 
1964
 
1968
 
1972
 
1976
 
1980
 
1984
 
1988
 
1992
 
1996
 
2000
 
2004
 
2008
 
2012
 
2016
 
2020
Total
  Japan QF GS QF 3rd GS QF GS GS 4th GS q 11
  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 CupEdit

Team  
1977
 
1979
 
1981
 
1983
 
1985
 
1987
 
1989
 
1991
 
1993
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017

2019
Total
  South Korea GS GS 4th QF GS GS GS R16 GS GS QF R16 QF R16 14
  Japan GS QF QF 2nd GS QF R16 R16 R16 9
  Saudi Arabia GS GS GS GS GS GS R16 R16 8
  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 GS 3
  Myanmar GS 1
  Jordan GS 1
  Kazakhstan Part of USSR GS Part of UEFA 1
  Malaysia GS 1
  Bahrain GS 1
  Indonesia GS 1
  Vietnam GS 1
Total 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 71

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

Team  
1985
 
1987
 
1989
 
1991
 
1993
 
1995
 
1997
 
1999
 
2001
 
2003
 
2005
 
2007
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017

2019
Total
  Japan QF GS GS GS GS QF R16 R16 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 GS 5
  South Korea QF GS GS QF R16 5
  Iran GS R16 R16 QF 4
  Saudi Arabia QF GS 1st 3
  United Arab Emirates GS R16 GS 3
  Oman 4th QF GS 3
  Bahrain 4th GS 2
  Iraq GS R16 2
  Thailand GS GS 2
  Syria R16 GS 2
  Uzbekistan Part of USSR QF R16 2
  Australia Part of OFC R16 R16 2
  India GS 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 CupEdit

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

FIFA Beach Soccer World CupEdit

Nation  
1995
 
1996
 
1997
 
1998
 
1999
 
2000
 
2001
 
2002
 
2003
 
2004
 
2005
 
2006
 
2007
 
2008
 
2009
 
2011
 
2013
 
2015
 
2017
Years
  Japan GS QF 4th GS 4th QF GS GS QF GS QF QF GS 13
  Iran GS GS GS GS QF QF 3rd 7
  United Arab Emirates GS GS GS GS GS 5
  Bahrain QF GS 2
  Oman GS GS 2
  Thailand 4th GS 2
  Malaysia GS 1
Total 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Team  
1991
 
1995
 
1999
 
2003
 
2007
 
2011
 
2015
 
2019
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

AFC Executive CommitteeEdit

President
Vice Presidents
FIFA Council Members
Members
Co-opted
General Secretary
  •   Dato' Windsor John Paul

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit