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Asian Football Confederation
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Abbreviation AFC
Motto The Future is Asia
Formation 8 May 1954 (1954-05-08) (63 years ago)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters 22x20px Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served Asia
Membership 47 member associations
Acting President 22x20px Zhang Jilong
Vice-president 22x20px Moya Dodd[1]
General Secretary 22x20px Alex Soosay[2]
Parent organization FIFA
Website www.The-AFC.com

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 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 are also a UEFA member even though it entirely lays in Asia. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, and the Oceanian nation of Guam is also a member of AFC.

The AFC was founded on 8 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines, and is one of FIFA's six continental confederations. The main headquarters is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current acting president is Zhang Jilong of China.

FormationEdit

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, Korea Republic, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.[3]

AFC competitionsEdit

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.[4] 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 of Asian teams in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The reforms include increasing transparency, increasing competitiveness, improving training facilities, and forcing the leagues to have a system of relegation and promotion.[5]

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.

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.


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Women's football in AsiaEdit

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.[6] 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.

RegionsEdit

The AFC has 46 member associations split into four regions.[3] Below shows the member national associations of the regional federations.


ASEAN Football FederationEdit

Main article: ASEAN Football Federation


East Asian Football FederationEdit

Main article: East Asian Football Federation


Central and South Asian Football FederationEdit

Main article: Central and South Asian Football Federation

SAFF Members

CAFF Members


West Asian Football FederationEdit

Main article: West Asian Football Federation

CompetitionsEdit

AFC tournamentsEdit

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Regional tournamentsEdit

Current championsEdit

Men's Asian Cup Men's U-19 Men's U-16 Challenge Cup Champions League President's Cup AFF SAFF
22x20px Japan 22x20px South Korea 22x20px Uzbekistan 22x20px North Korea22x20px Ulsan Hyundai 22x20px Istiqlol 22x20px Singapore22x20px India
Women's Asian Cup Women's U-19 Women's U-16 Futsal AFC Cup Futsal Club EAFF WAFF
22x20px Australia22x20px Japan22x20px Japan22x20px Japan22x20px Kuwait SC22x20px Giti Pasand22x20px China PR22x20px Syria

SponsorsEdit

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

AwardsEdit

AFC Footballer of the YearEdit

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.

AFC International Footballer of the YearEdit

Year Name Nation Club
2012 Shinji Kagawa 22x20px Japan 22x20px Manchester United

AFC Women's Footballer of the YearEdit

Year Name Nation Club
1999 Sun Wen 22x20px China PR 22x20px Shanghai SVA
2003 Bai Jie 22x20px China PR 22x20px Washington Freedom
2004 Homare Sawa 22x20px Japan 22x20px NTV Beleza
2005 Natsuko Hara 22x20px Japan 22x20px NTV Beleza
2006 Ma Xiaoxu 22x20px China PR 22x20px Dalian Shide
2007 Ri Kum Suk 22x20px North Korea 22x20px 4.25
2008 Homare Sawa 22x20px Japan 22x20px NTV Beleza
2010 Kate Gill 22x20px Australia 22x20px Perth Glory
2011 Aya Miyama 22x20px Japan 22x20px Okayama Yunogo Belle
2012 Aya Miyama 22x20px Japan 22x20px Okayama Yunogo Belle

AFC Young Footballer of the YearEdit

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 YearEdit

Year Name Team
1994 22x20px Charnwit Polcheewin 22x20px Thai Farmers Bank FC
1995 22x20px Park Jong-Hwan 22x20px Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma
1996 22x20px Ma Yuanan 22x20px China women's national team
1997 22x20px Cha Bum-Kun 22x20px Korea Republic national team
1998 22x20px Takashi Kuwahara 22x20px Júbilo Iwata
1999 22x20px Mahmoud Rakhimov
2000 22x20px Philippe Troussier 22x20px Japan national team
2001 22x20px Nasser Al-Johar 22x20px Saudi Arabia national team
2002 22x20px Guus Hiddink 22x20px Korea Republic national team
2003 22x20px Cha Kyung-Bok 22x20px Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
2004 22x20px Adnan Hamad 22x20px Iraq national team
2006 22x20px Choe Kwang-Sok 22x20px Korea DPR women's U-20 national team
2007 22x20px Rauf Inileev 22x20px Uzbekistan national team
2008 22x20px Akira Nishino 22x20px Gamba Osaka
2009 22x20px Huh Jung-Moo 22x20px Korea Republic national team
2010 22x20px Takeshi Okada 22x20px Japan national team
2011 22x20px Norio Sasaki 22x20px Japan women's national team
2012 22x20px Kim Ho-Gon 22x20px Ulsan Hyundai

AFC National Team of the YearEdit

Year National Team (men) National Team (women)
2000 22x20px Japan
2001 22x20px China PR
2002 22x20px South Korea
2003 22x20px Iraq
2004 22x20px Japan
2005 22x20px Japan
2006 22x20px Australia
2007 22x20px Iraq 22x20px North Korea
2008 22x20px Japan 22x20px North Korea
2009 22x20px South Korea 22x20px Japan U-20
2010 22x20px Japan 22x20px Australia
2011 22x20px Japan 22x20px Japan
2012 22x20px South Korea U-23 22x20px Japan U-23

Summer OlympicsEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Qualified
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Olympics or Withdrew from the Olympics / Banned
  •    — Hosts

MenEdit

Nation 22x20px
1900
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1904
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1908
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1912
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1920
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1924
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1928
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1936
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1948
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1952
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1956
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1960
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1964
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1968
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1972
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1976
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1980
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1984
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1988
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1992
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1996
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2000
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2004
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2008
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2012
Total
22x20px Japan QF QF3rd QF 4th9
22x20px South Korea QF QF 3rd9
22x20px Australia QF QF 4th QF 7
22x20px India 4th 4
22x20px Iraq QF 4th 4
22x20px China PR 3
22x20px Iran[notes 1] QF 3
22x20px Kuwait QF 3
22x20px Chinese Taipei 2
22x20px Israel QF QF 2
22x20px Qatar QF 2
22x20px Saudi Arabia 2
22x20px Thailand 2
22x20px Afghanistan 1
22x20px Myanmar 1
22x20px Indonesia QF 1
22x20px Malaysia[notes 1] 1
22x20px North Korea QF 1
22x20px Syria 1
22x20px UA 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

WomenEdit

Nation 22x20px
1996
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2000
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2004
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2008
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2012
Total
22x20px Japan QF4th2nd 4
22x20px China PR 2ndQF 4
22x20px Australia QF 2
22x20px North Korea 2
Total 2 2 3 3 2 12

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iran and Malaysia Qualified in 1980 but boycotted the event.

FIFA World CupEdit

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
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     — Hosts

MenEdit

Team 22x20px
1930
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1934
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1938
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1950
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1954
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1958
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1962
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1966
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1970
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1974
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1978
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1982
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1986
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1990
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1994
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1998
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2006
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2010
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2014
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
22x20px South Korea GS GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 TBD 8 13
22x20px Japan GS R16 GS R16 TBD 4 13
22x20px Saudi Arabia R16 GS GS GS 4 10
22x20px Iran[notes 1] GS GS GS TBD 3 8
22x20px Australia[notes 2] GS R16 GS TBD 3 12
22x20px North Korea QF GS 2 9
22x20px Iraq GS TBD 1 9
22x20px United Arab Emirates GS 1 9
22x20px India •• 1* 9
22x20px China PR GS 1 10
22x20px Kuwait GS 1 11
22x20px Indonesia[notes 3] 1S 1 13
22x20px Israel[notes 4] GS TBD 1 19
Total 0 0 1 1* 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 5 4 30 (31)

WomenEdit

Team 22x20px
1991
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1995
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1999
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2003
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2007
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2011
Total
22x20px Japan GS QF GS GS GS1st6
22x20px Australia GS GS GS QF QF 5
22x20px China PR QF 4th2nd QFQF 5
22x20px North Korea GS GS QF GS 4
22x20px Chinese Taipei GF 1
22x20px South Korea GS 1
Total 3 3 4 5 4 3 22

NotesEdit

  1. Iran withdrew before the draw was made in 1982 qualification and Disqualified In 1986.
  2. 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.
  3. Prior to independence in 1945 competed as 16px Dutch East Indies, including their only World Cup finals appearance in 1938.
  4. 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 (Eretz Yisrael or Palestine prior to 1948) entered into the European qualification tournament.

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the AFC Asian Cup or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts
Team 1992
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1995
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1997
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1999
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2001
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2003
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2005
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2009
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2013
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2017
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2021
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Total
22x20px Japan GS 2nd GS GS q 5
22x20px Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
22x20px Australia [8] × × 2nd 3rd GS 3
22x20px Iraq × × GS 1
22x20px Qatar q 1
22x20px South Korea × GS 1
22x20px United Arab Emirates GS 1
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1

NotesEdit

RankingsEdit

Men's National TeamEdit

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[9]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/−
1 24 22x20px Japan 810 11px1
2 32 22x20px South Korea 728 11px7
3 33 22x20px Australia 719 11px1
4 44 22x20px Iran 611 11px14
5 69 22x20px Uzbekistan 490 11px1
6 81 22x20px North Korea 445 11px5
7 86 22x20px Oman 428 11px9
8 88 22x20px China PR 424 11px3
9 90 22x20px Jordan 420 11px12
10 97 22x20px Iraq 390 11px17
11 104 22x20px Qatar 330 11px3
12 109 22x20px United Arab Emirates 320 11px7
13 110 22x20px Kuwait 318 11px2
14 112 22x20px Lebanon 313 11px3
15 112 22x20px Saudi Arabia 313 11px1
16 124 22x20px Bahrain 270 11px9
17 129 22x20px Turkmenistan 254 11px4
18 137 22x20px Tajikistan 225 11px1
19 138 22x20px Vietnam 217 11px2
20 143 22x20px Philippines 184 11px4
21 147 22x20px Syria 172 11px3
22 148 22x20px Palestine 168 11px1
23 152 22x20px Thailand 160 11px13
24 156 22x20px Myanmar 149 11px28
25 160 22x20px Maldives 131 11px5
26 162 22x20px Yemen 133 11px
27 163 22x20px Malaysia 127 11px1
28 163 22x20px Singapore 127 11px1
29 165 22x20px Indonesia 124 11px5
30 167 22x20px Afghanistan 121 11px1
31 169 22x20px India 116 11px1
32 169 File:Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 116 11px1
33 171 22x20px Bangladesh 114 11px2
34 172 22x20px Hong Kong 108 11px12
35 176 22x20px Chinese Taipei 90 11px
36 177 22x20px Laos 87 11px16
37 180 22x20px Pakistan 72 11px3
38 181 22x20px Guam 71 11px3
39 182 22x20px Sri Lanka 68 11px2
40 186 22x20px Mongolia 55 11px1
41 187 22x20px Brunei 52 11px16
42 187 22x20px Timor-Leste 52 11px19
43 191 22x20px Cambodia 49 11px2
44 199 22x20px Macau 22 11px1
45 200 22x20px Kyrgyzstan 20 11px2
46 207 22x20px Bhutan 0 11px

Last updated 07 November 2012

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Women's National TeamsEdit

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.[10]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/−
1 3 22x20px Japan 2110 11px
2 9 22x20px Australia 1948 11px
3 11 22x20px North Korea 1943 11px
4 15 22x20px South Korea 1843 11px
5 19 22x20px China PR 1818 11px
6 30 22x20px Thailand 1645 11px
7 31 22x20px Vietnam 1641 11px
8 41 22x20px Uzbekistan 1565 11px
9 43 22x20px Chinese Taipei 1556 11px
10 47 22x20px Myanmar 1523 11px
11 52 22x20px India 1438 11px
12 54 22x20px Iran 1431 11px
13 57 22x20px Jordan 1404 11px
14 65 22x20px Hong Kong 1348 11px
15 66 22x20px Indonesia 1346 11px
16 69 22x20px Bahrain 1340 11px
17 80 22x20px Guam 1294 11px
18 82 22x20px Laos 1292 11px
19 85 22x20px Philippines 1264 11px
20 86 22x20px Malaysia 1256 11px
21 92 22x20px Singapore 1195 11px
22 95 22x20px Palestine 1189 11px
23 115 22x20px Bangladesh 992 11px
24 116 22x20px Maldives 954 11px
25 118 22x20px Lebanon 944 11px
26 121 22x20px Syria 927 11px
27 123 22x20px Iraq 882 11px
28 128 22x20px United Arab Emirates 1729 11px
29 128 22x20px Kyrgyzstan 1143 11px
30 128 File:Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 1080 11px
31 128 22x20px Sri Lanka 965 11px
32 128 22x20px Pakistan 934 11px
33 128 22x20px Bhutan 889 11px
34 128 22x20px Qatar 1046 11px
35 128 22x20px Afghanistan 750 11px

Last updated 17 August 2012

National League (by IFFHS)Edit

Rankings are calculated by IFFHS .

AFC IFFHS Country Points +/-
1 18 22x20px Korea Republic 589,0111px
2 23 22x20px Japan 539,0111px
3 38 22x20px Saudi Arabia396,0111px
4 40 22x20px Iran 378,5111px
5 43 22x20px Uzbekistan 373,5311px
6 53 22x20px Singapore 331,0611px
7 60 22x20px Thailand 318,5211px
8 66 22x20px China 298,5911px
9 67 22x20px Qatar 290,5411px
10 72 22x20px Australia 267,0311px
11 73 22x20px Indonesia 266,5111px
12 75 22x20px India 265,511px
13 76 22x20px Jordan 260,011px
14 79 22x20px UAE 257,5211px
15 82 22x20px Vietnam 249,511px
16 86 22x20px Lebanon 228,0311px
17 87 22x20px Kuwait 226,51111px
18 91 22x20px Malaysia 218,0411px
19 92 22x20px Syria 216,0911px
20 93 22x20px Hong Kong 209,5211px
21 93 22x20px Iraq 209,511px
22 99 22x20px Oman 182,011px
23 118 22x20px Yemen 118,0311px

Top 100 National League in 2011

Asian Football Clubs (by IFFHS)Edit

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.[11]

AFC IFFHS Club Points
1 46 22x20px Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 159,0
2 47 22x20px Suwon Samsung Bluewings 157,5
3 89 22x20px Al-Sadd 128,5
4 100 22x20px Nasaf Qarshi 124,0
5 107 22x20px FC Seoul 120,5
22x20px Sepahan FC 120,5
7 110 22x20px Al-Hilal FC 120,0
8 124 22x20px Nagoya Grampus 114,5
9 131 22x20px Al-Wehdat 111,5
10 135 22x20px Cerezo Osaka 110,0
11 140 22x20px Muangthong United F.C. 108,0
12 146 22x20px Kashiwa Reysol 105,5
13 148 22x20px Gamba Osaka 105,0
14 154 22x20px Al-Ittihad Jeddah 102,0
15 158 22x20px Al-Kuwait Kaifan 100,0
16 160 22x20px Esteghlal Tehran FC 99,0
17 169 22x20px Kashima Antlers 96,0
18 185 22x20px Zob Ahan Isfahan FC 92,0
19 198 22x20px Tampines Rovers FC 88,5
20 204 22x20px Chonburi FC 87,5
21 208 22x20px FC Bunyodkor 86,0
22 213 22x20px Al-Shabab Riyadh 85,0
22x20px Arbil SC 85,0
24 221 22x20px Qadsia SC 82,5
25 236 22x20px Tianjin Teda FC 80,5
26 243 22x20px Buriram United F.C. 79,0
22x20px Pohang Steelers 79,0
28 258 22x20px Sông Lam Nghệ An 76,0
22x20px Persepolis FC 76,0
30 267 22x20px Al-Faisaly Amman 75,0
31 271 22x20px Sriwijaya F.C. 74,0
22x20px FC Pakhtakor Tashkent 74,0
33 281 22x20px Al-Wahda FC 73,5
34 283 22x20px Ulsan Hyundai FC 73,0
35 285 22x20px Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 72,5
36 289 22x20px Yokohama F. Marinos 72,0
37 299 22x20px Home United FC 71,5
38 319 22x20px Persipura Jayapura 68,0
39 332 22x20px Vegalta Sendai 67,0
22x20px Al-Nasr Riyadh 67,0
41 338 22x20px Al Jazira Club 66,5
22x20px Shandong Luneng Taishan 66,5
43 342 22x20px Jeju United FC 66,0
44 352 22x20px Al Ain FC 65,5
45 366 22x20px Dempo S.C. 63,5
46 369 22x20px Shimizu S-Pulse 63,0
47 384 22x20px Kelantan FA 62,0
22x20px Terengganu FA 62,0
22x20px Hanoi T&T F.C. 62,0
50 384 22x20px Al Rayyan Sports Club 61,5
51 395 22x20px Al-Ittihad Aleppo 60,0
22x20px Al-Ettifaq 60,0
22x20px Central Coast Mariners FC 60,0

Last updated 30 January 2012

Strongest League in the 1st Decade (by IFFHS)Edit

Rankings are calculated by IFFHS .

AFC Country Points
1 22x20px Japan 3693.5
2 22x20px Korea Republic 3376.5
3 22x20px Saudi Arabia3125.0
4 22x20px Iran 3019.5
5 22x20px China 2881.5
6 22x20px Uzbekistan 2690.0
7 22x20px UAE 2526.5
8 22x20px Qatar 2462.5
9 22x20px Kuwait 2446.5
10 22x20px Syria 2196.5
11 22x20px India 2171.5
12 22x20px Jordan 2089.0
13 22x20px Singapore 2048.5
14 22x20px Vietnam 1897.5
15 22x20px Lebanon 1877.0
16 22x20px Malaysia 1874.0
17 22x20px Thailand 1795.5
18 22x20px Oman 1767.0
19 22x20px Bahrain 1758.0
20 22x20px Yemen 1610.5
21 22x20px Indonesia 1530.5
22 22x20px Turkmenistan 1516.0
23 22x20px Iraq 1467.5
24 22x20px Hong Kong 1423.0
25 22x20px Australia* 1321.0

* In 2005 Australia left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) with FIFA’s approval and joined the AFC. As of 2006, Australian clubs are affiliated with AFC, and participate in its club competitions. Starting with 2006, then, the Australian league is no longer to be included in the Oceanian, but henceforth in the Asian strongest league rankings. For the world ranking of the strongest league in the first decade of the 21st century, however, both continental rankings will be added for Australia.

Asia’s strongest League in the 1st Decade of the 21st Century (2001–2010)

National League (by AFC)Edit

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.[12]

AFC Final Assessment Ranking for 2011-12 seasons
West Asia
Pos Member
Association
Points
(total 800)
Clubs Spots
Group stage Play-off AFC Cup
122x20px Qatar677.912400
222x20px Saudi Arabia668.214310
322x20px UAE645.314310
422x20px Uzbekistan597.614210
522x20px Iran593.218210
Meet the criteria
Do not meet the criteria
East Asia
Pos Member
Association
Points
(total 800)
Clubs Spots
Group stage Play-off AFC Cup
122x20px Japan771.618400
222x20px Korea Republic708.515310
322x20px China622.516310
422x20px Australia570.410210
522x20px Thailand520.618110
622x20px Indonesia228.718011

See alsoEdit

IFFHS Asia's best clubs of the 20th century

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.the-afc.com/en/about-afc/afc-executive-committee
  2. http://www.the-afc.com/en/about-afc/afc-general-secretary
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