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Asian Football Confederation

Asian Football Confederation
Abbreviation AFC
Motto The Future is Asia
Formation 8 May 1954 (1954-05-08)
Type Sport organization
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served Asia
Membership 47 member associations
President Salman Al-Khalifa
Vice-president Zhang Jilong[1]
General Secretary Alex Soosay[2]
Parent organization FIFA
Website .com.the-afcwww

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey). Israel is also a UEFA member even though it lies entirely in Asia, as is arguably also the case for Cyprus. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC.

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 12 founder members were Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.[3] The main headquarters is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Members 2
  • Former members 3
  • Competitions 4
    • International 4.1
    • Club 4.2
    • Current champions 4.3
  • Sponsors 5
  • Rankings 6
    • Men's national teams 6.1
    • Women's national teams 6.2
    • National leagues 6.3
    • Clubs 6.4
  • Hall of Fame 7
  • World Cup participation 8
    • FIFA World Cup 8.1
    • FIFA Women's World Cup 8.2
    • Notes 8.3
  • Other international tournaments 9
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 9.1
    • Summer Olympics 9.2
      • Men 9.2.1
      • Women 9.2.2
    • Notes 9.3
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

History

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 8 May 1954.

The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) is the section of the AFC who manage 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.

Members

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 1974 Yes
KUW Kuwait (M, W) 1952 1964 1964 Yes
LIB Lebanon (M, W) 1933 1936 1964 Yes
OMA Oman (M, W) 1978 1980 1979 Yes
PLE Palestine (M, W) 1928/62 1998 1998 Yes
QAT Qatar (M, W) 1960 1972 1972 Yes
KSA Saudi Arabia (M, W) 1956 1956 1972 Yes
SYR Syria (M, W) 1936 1937 1969 Yes
UAE United Arab Emirates (M, W) 1971 1974 1974 Yes
YEM Yemen (M, W) 1962 1980 1972 Yes
Central Asian Football Federation (CAFF)
AFG Afghanistan (M, W) 1922 1948 1954 Yes
IRN Iran (M, W) 1920 1948 1958 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 1971 Yes
PAK Pakistan (M, W) 1947 1948 1954 Yes
SRI Sri Lanka (M, W) 1939 1952 1969 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
CHN China PR (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
GUM Guam (M, W) 1975 1996 1991 Yes
HKG Hong Kong (M, W) 1914 1954 1954 Yes
JPN Japan (M, W) 1921 1929 1954 Yes
PRK Korea DPR (M, W) 1945 1958 1974 Yes
KOR South Korea (M, W) 1933 1948 1954 Yes
MAC Macau (M, W) 1939 1978 1978 No
MNG Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI Northern Mariana Islands (M, W) 2005 None 20091 No
TPE Chinese Taipei (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
AUS Australia (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes
BRU Brunei (M, W) 1959 1972 1970 Yes
CAM Cambodia (M, W) 1933 1954 1957 Yes
IDN Indonesia (M, W) 1930 1952 1954 Yes
LAO Laos (M, W) 1951 1952 1980 Yes
MAS Malaysia (M, W) 1933 1954 1956 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 1957 Yes
TLS Timor-Leste (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE Vietnam (M, W) 1962 1964 1964 Yes

1: Associate AFC member

Former members

Competitions

International

The AFC runs the AFC Challenge Cup, 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.

Club

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.[6]

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

Current champions

Competitions Champion Title Next Edition
AFC Asian Cup  Japan 4th 2015
AFC U-23 Championship  Iraq 1st 2016
AFC U-19 Championship  Qatar 1st 2016
AFC U-16 Championship  North Korea 2nd 2016
AFC U-14 Championship  Iraq 1st 2016
AFC Futsal Championship  Japan 3rd 2016
AFC Beach Soccer Championship  Iran 1st 2015
AFC Champions League Western Sydney Wanderers 1st 2015
AFC Cup Al Qadsia 1st 2015
AFC Futsal Club Championship Nagoya Oceans 2nd 2015
AFC Women's Asian Cup  Japan 1st 2018
AFC U-19 Women's Championship  South Korea 2nd 2015
AFC U-16 Women's Championship  Japan 3rd 2015

Sponsors

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

Rankings

Hall of Fame

World Cup participation

Legend
  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[13]
  •  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 / withdrew / banned
  •     — Hosts

FIFA World Cup

Team
1930

1934

1938

1950

1954

1958

1962

1966

1970

1974

1978

1982

1986

1990

1994

1998

2002

2006

2010

2014
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 South Korea GS GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS 9 14
 Japan GS R16 GS R16 GS 5 14
 Iran GS GS GS GS 4 9
 Saudi Arabia R16 GS GS GS 4 10
 Australia[notes 1] GS R16 GS GS 2 2
 North Korea QF GS 2 9
 United Arab Emirates GS 1 9
 Iraq GS 1 10
 China PR GS 1 10
 Kuwait GS 1 11
 Indonesia[notes 2] 1S 1 13
 Israel[notes 3] GS 1 3
 India × 1* 8
Total 0 0 1 1* 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 33

FIFA Women's World Cup

Team
1991

1995

1999

2003

2007

2011

2015
Total
 Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st Q 7
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF Q 6
 North Korea GS GS QF GS 4
 Australia GS GS GS QF QF Q 3
 South Korea GS Q 2
 Chinese Taipei QF 1
 Thailand Q 1
Total 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 24

Notes

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Prior to independence in 1945 competed as Dutch East Indies, including their only World Cup finals appearance in 1938.
  3. ^ 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 entered into the European qualification tournament.

Other international tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

Team 1992
1995
1997
1999
2001

2003
2005
2009
2013
2017
Total
 Japan GS 2nd GS GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th 4
 Iraq × × GS 1
 South Korea × GS 1
 United Arab Emirates GS 1
 Australia × × 2nd 3rd GS 0*
Total 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 12

Summer Olympics

Men

Team
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
 Japan QF QF 3rd QF 4th 9
 South Korea QF QF 3rd 9
 Iraq QF 4th 4
 India 4th 4
 China PR 3
 Iran[notes 1] QF 3
 Kuwait QF 3
 Chinese Taipei 2
 Israel QF QF UEFA member 2
 Qatar QF 2
 Saudi Arabia 2
 Thailand 2
 Australia OFC member 1
 Afghanistan 1
 Myanmar 1
 Indonesia QF 1
 Malaysia[notes 1] 1
 North Korea QF 1
 Syria 1
 United Arab 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

Women

Team
1996

2000

2004

2008

2012
Total
 Japan QF 4th 2nd 4
 China PR 2nd QF 4
 North Korea 2
 Australia QF 0*
Total 2 1 2 3 2 10

Notes

  1. ^ a b Iran and Malaysia Qualified in 1980 but boycotted the event.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/about-afc/afc-executive-committee
  2. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/en/about-afc/afc-general-secretary
  3. ^ "About AFC". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.asiansportsnet.com/football-soccer/
  5. ^ "AFC TELLS INDONESIA: PAY OR BE SACKED".  
  6. ^ Griffiths, Ian. "Clubs sandwiched". FootballAsia.com. Archived from the original on 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2005-07-19. 
  7. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men) – AFC Region". FIFA. 7 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Women) – AFC Region". FIFA. 22 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Club World Ranking". IFFHS. 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ http://boxscorenews.com/asian-football-confederation-announces-hall-of-fame-inductees-p106949-279.htm
  11. ^ http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/soccer-asia-halloffame-idINKCN0J50YG20141121
  12. ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2014/11/21/soccer/international-soccer/okudera-sawa-inducted-into-afc-hall-of-fame/#.VHCsy4uUeSo
  13. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

External links

  • Official AFC website (English) (Arabic)
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