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

The AFC was founded on 8 May 1954 in Manilamarker, Philippinesmarker, and is one of FIFAmarker's six continental confederations. (Nations with both European and Asian territory, such as Turkeymarker, Kazakhstanmarker, Azerbaijanmarker, Armeniamarker, Georgiamarker, and Russiamarker, are instead covered by UEFA; Cyprusmarker and Israelmarker, which lie entirely in Asia, are also UEFA members.) The main headquarters is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpurmarker, Malaysiamarker. The current president is Mohammed Bin Hammam of Qatarmarker.

AFC 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.

The AFC is going 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.

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 Taiwanmarker, Hong Kongmarker, Malaysiamarker and Singaporemarker. 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.

Regions

The AFC is split into four regions. 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.

ASEAN Football Federation

  • (invite)


East Asian Football Federation

  • (Taiwan)
  • (provisional)


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 J. League Grade A
2 K-League Grade B
3 Chinese Super League Grade B
4 Saudi Professional League Grade B
5 UAE Football League Grade B
6 A-League Grade B
7 Iran Pro League Grade B
8 Indonesian Super League Grade B
9 Uzbek League Grade C
10 Qatar Stars League Grade C
11 S. League Grade C
12 Thai Premier League Grade C
13 I-League Grade C
14 V-League Grade C
15 Pakistan Premier League Grade C
16 Syrian Premier League Grade C
17 Jordan League Grade D
18 Kuwaiti Premier League Grade D
19 Super League Malaysia Grade D
20 Hong Kong First Division League Grade D
21 Omani League Grade D
22 Bahraini Premier League Grade D
23 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 Al-Rasheed
1989 Kim Joo-Sung Daewoo Royals
1990 Kim Joo-Sung Daewoo Royals
1991 Kim Joo-Sung Daewoo Royals
1992
No award
1993 Kazuyoshi Miura Verdy Kawasaki
1994 Saeed Owairan Al-Shabab
1995 Masami Ihara Yokohama Marinos
1996 Khodadad Azizi Bahman
1997 Hidetoshi Nakata Bellmare Hiratsuka
1998 Hidetoshi Nakata Perugia
1999 Ali Daei Hertha Berlin
2000 Nawaf Al Temyat Al-Hilal
2001 Fan Zhiyi Dundee
2002 Shinji Ono Feyenoord
2003 Mehdi Mahdavikia Hamburger SV
2004 Ali Karimi Al-Ahli
2005 Hamad Al-Montashari Al-Ittihad
2006 Khalfan Ibrahim Al-Sadd
2007 Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Hilal
2008 Server Djeparov FC Bunyodkor
2009 Yasuhito Endo Gamba Osaka


Wins By Country
Nation Winners
6
4
4
3
1
1
1
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.

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


AFC Coach of the Year

Year Name Team
1994 Charnwit Polcheewin Thai Farmers Bank FC
1995 Park Jong hwan Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
1996 Ma Yuanan China women's national football team
1997 Cha Bum Kun Korea Republic national team
1998 Takashi Kuwahara Júbilo Iwata
1999 Mahmoud Rakhimov
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
2005 No award
2006 Choe Kwang-Sok Korea DPR women's U-20 national team
2007 Rauf Inileyev Uzbekistan national team
2008 Akira Nishino Gamba Osaka
2009 Huh Jung-Moo Korea Republic national team


AFC Women's Player of the Year

Year Name Nation
2004 Homare Sawa
2005 Natsuko Hara
2006 Ma Xiaoxu
2007 Ri Kum Suk
2008 Homare Sawa


Summer Olympics qualifiers

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

Men

Nation

1900


1904


1908


1912


1920


1924


1928


1936


1948


1952


1956


1960


1964


1968


1972


1976


1980


1984


1988


1992


1996


2000


2004


2008


2012
Total
8
8
7
4
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
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

1996


2000


2004


2008


2012
Total
4
3
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

1930


1934


1938


1950


1954


1958


1962


1966


1970


1974


1978


1982


1986


1990


1994


1998


2002


2006


2010


2014
Total
R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 4th R1 8
R1 R2 R1 4
R2 R1 R1 R1 4
1 R1 R2 3
R1 R1 R1 3
QF 2
R1 1
1
R1 1
R1 1
R1 1
R1 1
2 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)

  • 8:

  • 4:



  • 3:
    (qualified in 1974 while not a member of any confederation and in 2006 via the OFC, although they joined the AFC before the finals)


  • 2:

  • 1:

    (withdrew after qualifying)
    (as Dutch East Indies)



    (incl.













    1 as AFC member)








Women's World Cup qualifiers

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

Team

1991


1995


1999


2003


2007


2011
Total
5
' 4
5
3
1
1
Total 3 2 3 4 4 16




Rankings

Top 10 National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFAmarker .

AFC FIFAmarker Country Points
1 21 863
2 43 709
3 52 625
4 61 524
5 63 518
6 65 501
7 76 437
8 83 403
9 84 399
10 87 374


Last updated November 15, 2009

Top 10 Women's National Teams

Rankings are calculated by FIFAmarker.

AFC FIFAmarker Country Points
1 5 2026
2 6 2011
3 12 1946
4 14 1892
5 21 1793
6 31 1633
7 33 1598
8 35 1589
9 42 1539
10 47 1502


Last updated September 25, 2009

Top 20 Asian Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS.
AFC IFFHS Club Points
1 58 Gamba Osaka 149.0
2 70 FC Pohang Steelers 134.0
3 83 Al-Ittihad 127.5
4 93 FC Bunyodkor 124.0
5 95 FC Pakhtakor Tashkent 122.0
6 120 Al-Hilal 110.5
7 129 Al-Karamah 107.0
8 152 Becamex Binh Duong 99.5
9 156 Nagoya Grampus 98.5
10 163 Al Kuwait Kaifan 96.5
11 169 Kawasaki Frontale 94.5
12 177 South China AAmarker 91.5
13 179 Kashima Antlers 90.0
14 192 Al-Shabab 87.5
14 192 Chonburi FC 87.5
16 203 Neftchi Farg%27ona 85.5
17 208 Al-Muharraq 85.0
18 231 FC Seoul 81.5
19 245 Singapore Armed Forces FC 79.5
20 248 Al-Majd 79.0


Last updated 1 November 2009

See also

IFFHS Asia's best clubs of the 20th century

References

  1. http://www.footballasia.com/en/news/index.asp?id=40247&sec=90&ssec=260&mth=7&yr=2005
  2. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/2007/02/14/2003349026
  3. http://www.the-afc.com/english/goldenjubilee/default.asp?section=goldenjubilee&subsection=history
  4. http://www.the-afc.com/english/index.asp
  5. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/edition=7/index.html


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