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Asian Football Confederation

Asian Football Confederation
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Al-Ittid Al-Assiyaw? Likurat Al-Qadam
Asian Football Confederation (logo).svg
AFC.svg
AbbreviationAFC
Formation7 May 1954; 67 years ago (1954-05-07)
Founded atManila, Philippines
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Region served
Asia & Australia (AFC)
Membership
47 member associations
Official language
English, Arabic[1]
Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Vice Presidents
See list
General Secretary
Dato' Windsor John[2][3]
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.the-afc.com

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC; Arabic: ? ? ? ‎, Al-Ittid Al-Assiyaw? Likurat Al-Qadam) is one of the six confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, most of which are located in Asia. Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006. Guam, a territory of the United States, and the Northern Mariana Islands, one of the two Commonwealths of the United States are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries (both are Special Administrative Regions of China), are also members of the AFC.

The AFC was officially formed on 7 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines. The main headquarters are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The current president is Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain.

History

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 7 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines.[4] Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, Iran, India, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and South Vietnam were founding members.[5][6]

The AFC Asian Cup is the second-oldest continental football competition in the world, with four teams taking part in the first edition in the then-British Hong Kong in 1956.[7]

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.[8] The Asian Ladies Football Confederation helped organize the AFC Women's Asian Cup, first held in 1975, as well as the AFC's AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup and the AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup.[]

AFC Executive Committee

AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President[9]
FIFA Council Members[9]
AFC Vice Presidents[9]
AFC Executive Committee Members[9]
  • Iraq Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed
  • Lebanon Hachem Haider
  • Oman Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi
  • Yemen Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani
  • Bhutan Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji
  • Australia Chris Nikou
  • Malaysia Hamidin Mohd Amin
  • Vietnam Tran Quoc Tuan
  • Hong Kong Fok Kai Shan Eric
  • State of Palestine Susan Shalabi Molano
  • Laos Kanya Keomany
  • North Korea Han Un-gyong
General Secretary

Member associations

AFC regional federations
AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The AFC has 47 member associations split into five regions. Several nations proposed a South West Asian Federation that would not interfere with AFC zones.[10][11][12]

Current members

Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
AFC
affiliation
IOC
member
West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) (12)
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
LBN  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) 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) (6)
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) (7)
BAN  Bangladesh (M, W) 1972 1976 1974 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
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) (12)
AUS  Australia[m 1] (M, W) 1961 1963 2006 Yes[m 2]
BRU  Brunei (M, W) 1952 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  Timor-Leste (M, W) 2002 2005 2002 Yes
VIE  Vietnam (M, W) 1960 1952 1954 Yes
East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) (10)
CHN  China PR (M, W) 1924 1931 1974 Yes
TPE  Chinese Taipei[m 3] (M, W) 1936 1954 1954 Yes
GUM  Guam (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 No[m 4]
MNG  Mongolia (M, W) 1959 1998 1993 Yes
NMI  Northern Mariana Islands (M, W) 2005 N/A 2020 No[m 5]

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, but 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 which was adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.[13] Became a full UEFA member in 1994.
 New Zealand 1964[14] Founding member of OFC in 1966.
 South Yemen 1972-1990[15] Joined North Yemen as Yemen.
 Kazakhstan 1993-2002 Joined UEFA in 2002.

Non-members

Sovereign states, unrecognized states and dependencies with territory in Asia but are members of other federations.

Competitions

National teams

Men's

Women's

Clubs

Men's

Women's

Former tournaments

National teams

Clubs

National

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 replace AFC Challenge Cup for a country that has few chances to play in the Asian Cup. All three competitions are held every four years. The AFC also organises the AFC Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, various age-level international youth football, youth men's futsal tournaments and the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup and for football at the Summer Olympics. However there is no competition for the women's beach soccer, youth beach soccer and youth women's futsal competition yet.

In addition to the AFC run international tournaments, each AFC regional federation organises its own tournament for national teams men's football championship as AFF Championship, CAFA Championship, EAFF Championship, SAFF Championship, WAFF Championship, women's football, futsal, beach soccer, youth and club tournament.

Club

The top-ranked AFC competition 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 competition only gathered teams from top country. And AFC Women's Club Championship for women football club competition.

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.[18]

The AFC also runs an annual Asian futsal club competition, the AFC Futsal Club Championship for men futsal club competition. But there is no club competition for women's futsal clubs, men's and women's beach soccer clubs competition yet.

Current title holders

Competition Year Host Champions Title Runners-up Most successful Next edition Host
National teams (Men's)
Asian Cup 2019 United Arab Emirates Qatar Qatar 1st  Japan Japan
(4)
2023 China
Solidarity Cup 2016 Malaysia    Nepal 1st  Macau Nepal
(1)
2024 TBA
Asian Games Men's Football Tournament 2018 indonesia  South Korea 5th  Japan South Korea
(5)
2022 China
U-23 Asian Cup 2020 Thailand  South Korea 1st  Saudi Arabia Iraq
Japan
South Korea
Uzbekistan
(1)
2022 Uzbekistan
U-20 Asian Cup 2018 indonesia  Saudi Arabia 3rd  South Korea South Korea
(12)
2023 Uzbekistan
U-17 Asian Cup 2018 Malaysia  Japan 3rd  Tajikistan Japan
(3)
2023 Bahrain
Asian Youth Games Boy's Football Tournament 2013 China  South Korea 2nd  Iran South Korea
(2)
2021 China
Futsal Asian Cup 2018 Chinese Taipei  Iran 12th  Japan Iran
(12)
2022 Kuwait
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Men's Futsal Tournament 2017 Turkmenistan  Iran 5th  Uzbekistan Iran
(5)
2021 Thailand
U-20 Futsal Asian Cup 2019 Iran  Japan 1st  Afghanistan Iran
Japan
(1)
2023 TBD
Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2019 Thailand  Japan 3rd  United Arab Emirates Japan
(3)
2023 Thailand
Asian Beach Games Men's Beach Soccer tournament 2016 Vietnam  Japan 1st  Oman Iran
(2)
2021 China
National teams (Women's)
Women's Asian Cup 2018 Jordan  Japan 2nd  Australia China
(8)
2022 India
Asian Games Women's Football Tournament 2018 Indonesia  Japan 2nd  China PR China
North Korea
(3)
2022 China
U-20 Women's Asian Cup 2019 Thailand  Japan 6th  North Korea Japan
(6)
2024 Uzbekistan
U-17 Women's Asian Cup 2019 Thailand  Japan 4th  North Korea Japan
(4)
2024 India
Women's Futsal Asian Cup 2018 Thailand  Iran 2nd  Japan Iran
(2)
2022 Kuwait
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Women's Futsal Tournament 2017 Turkmenistan  Thailand 1st  Japan Japan
(3)
2021 Thailand
Club teams (Men's)
Champions League 2020 - South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2nd Iran Persepolis Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
South Korea Pohang Steelers
(3)
2021 -
AFC Cup 2019 - Lebanon Al-Ahed 1st North Korea 25 April Kuwait Al-Kuwait
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
(3)
2021 -
Futsal Club Championship 2019 Thailand Japan Nagoya Oceans 4th Iran Mes Sungun Japan Nagoya Oceans
(4)
2022 United Arab Emirates
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Club Championship 2019 South Korea Japan Nippon TV Beleza 1st China Jiangsu Suning Japan Nippon TV Beleza
(1)
2021 Jordan

Former competitions

Competition Year Host Champions Title Runners-up Most successful Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations 2007 Japan  Japan 2nd  Egypt Japan
(2)
Defunct
AFC-OFC Challenge Cup 2003 Iran  Iran 1st  New Zealand Iran
Japan
(1)
Defunct
Challenge Cup 2014 Maldives  Palestine 1st  Philippines North Korea
(2)
Defunct
U-14 Championship 2014 Iran  Iraq 1st  North Korea Iraq
(1)
Defunct
Club teams (Men's)
Afro-Asian Club Championship 1998 South Korea (1st leg)
Morocco (2nd leg)
Morocco Raja Casablanca 1st South Korea Pohang Steelers Egypt Zamalek
(2)
Defunct
Asian Cup Winners' Cup 2001-02 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2nd South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Japan Yokohama Marinos
(2)
Defunct
President's Cup 2014 Sri Lanka (final stage)
Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka (group stage)
Turkmenistan HTTU Asgabat 1st North Korea Rimyongsu Tajikistan Regar TadAZ
(3)
Defunct
Asian Super Cup 2002 South Korea (1st leg)
Saudi Arabia (2nd leg)
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2nd Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings
(2)
Defunct

Titles by nation

Nation Men Women Futsal & Beach Soccer Club Total
Asia Sol Cha U23 U20 U17 U14 Asia U20 U17 Men U20 Wmn BS ACL ACC WCC FCC
 Japan 4 1 1 3 2 6 4 3 1 3 7 1 4 40
 Iran 3 4 1 12 1 2 2 3 4 32
 South Korea 2 1 12 2 2 1 12 32
 China 1 2 8 1 3 15
 North Korea 2 3 2 3 1 3 14
 Saudi Arabia 3 3 2 5 13
 Iraq 1 1 5 1 1 3 12
 Israel 1 6 3 10
 Thailand 2 1 1 2 2 8
 Myanmar 7 7
 Kuwait 1 4 5
 Qatar 1 1 1 2 5
 United Arab Emirates 1 2 1 4
 Australia 1 1 1 3
 Bahrain 1 1 1 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 3
 Oman 2 1 3
 Syria 1 2 3
 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 3
 India 1 1 2
 Jordan 2 2
 Indonesia 1 1
 Lebanon 1 1
 Malaysia 1 1
   Nepal 1 1
 New Zealand 1 1
 Palestine 1 1
 Tajikistan 1 1

Sponsors

The following are the sponsors of AFC[19]

Official Global Partners
Official Global Supporters
Official Regional Partners
AFC Champions League Partners

Hall of Fame

FIFA World Rankings

Overview

Historical leaders

Other rankings

Men's elo rankings

Here are the World Football Elo Ratings for AFC members.[25]

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

Club Competitions Ranking

The AFC Club Competitions Ranking ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by the AFC.[26] 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

Men's futsal

Here is the men's futsal rank per 10 February 2021[27]

AFC FIFA Country Points +/-
1 6  Iran 1609 Steady
2 15  Japan 1368 Increase 1
3 18  Thailand 1325 Decrease 1
4 29  Uzbekistan 1191 Decrease 2
5 32  Australia 1177 Decrease 2
6 40  Lebanon 1103 Decrease 1
7 42  Kyrgyzstan 1071 Decrease 1
8 43  Kuwait 1066 Decrease 1
9 45  Vietnam 1046 Decrease 1
10 50  Indonesia 1000 Decrease 1
11 57  Iraq 970 Decrease 2
12 62  Tajikistan 921 Decrease 1
13 67  Malaysia 881 Decrease 1
14 69  Turkmenistan 872 Decrease 2
15 70  South Korea 857 Steady
16 74  China 848 Decrease 1
17 81  Saudi Arabia 811 Decrease 1
18 82  Qatar 807 Decrease 1
19 83  Bahrain 804 Decrease 1
20 84  Chinese Taipei 803 Decrease 1
21 85  Myanmar 793 Decrease 1
22 90  Oman 767 Decrease 1
23 91  United Arab Emirates 767 Decrease 2
24 93  Afghanistan 738 Decrease 1
25 101  Palestine 655 Decrease 1
26 102  Hong Kong 622 Decrease 1
27 103  Mongolia 609 Decrease 1
28 104  Cambodia 588 Decrease 1
29 105  East Timor 581 Decrease 1
30 108  Macau 535 Decrease 1
- -  Jordan** 877
- -  Singapore** 614
- -  Laos** 596
- -  Philippines** 540
- -  Brunei** 614
- -  Guam** 486
- -  Maldives** 457
- -  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

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

Major tournament records

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)
  •  o  -- Did not qualify
  •  ×  -- Did not enter / withdrawn / banned / disqualified
  •     -- Hosts

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Senior

Men's

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup record
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Kingdom of Italy
(16)
1938
French Third Republic
(15)
1950
Fourth Brazilian Republic
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
Japan
South Korea
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
Years
 South Korea Did not exist × GS × o × o o o o GS GS GS GS 4th GS R16 GS GS 10
 Japan × × × × o × o × o o o o o o o GS R16 GS R16 GS R16 6
 Iran × × × × × × × × × o GS × × o o GS o GS o GS GS 5
 Saudi Arabia Did not exist × × × × × o o o o R16 GS GS GS o o GS 5
 Australia Part of OFC GS GS GS 3
 North Korea Did not exist × × × × QF × o × o o o o × × o GS o o × 2
 China PR × × × × × o × × × × × o o o o o GS o o o o 1
 Indonesia[29] × × 1S × × o × × × o o o o o o o o o o o × o 1
 Iraq Did not exist × × × × × × o × o GS o o o o o o o o 1
 Israel Did not exist o o o o o GS o Not a member of AFC 1
 Kuwait Did not exist × × × × × × o o GS o o o o o o o o o o 1
 Qatar Did not exist × × o o o o o o o o o Q 1
 United Arab Emirates Did not exist × × o GS o o o o o o o 1
Total (13 teams) 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 4+1
or
5+1
TBD 37
AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup record
Team
(Total 35 teams)
1956
Hong Kong
(4)
1960
South Korea
(4)
1964
Israel
(4)
1968
Iran
(5)
1972
Thailand
(6)
1976
Iran
(6)
1980
Kuwait
(10)
1984
Singapore
(10)
1988
Qatar
(10)
1992
Japan
(8)
1996
United Arab Emirates
(12)
2000
Lebanon
(12)
2004
China
(16)
2007
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
(16)
2011
Qatar
(16)
2015
Australia
(16)
2019
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2023
China
(24)
Years
 Iran 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd GS 3rd QF 3rd QF QF QF SF Q 15
 South Korea 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd GS 2nd QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd 2nd QF Q 15
 China PR 3rd GS 2nd 4th 3rd QF 4th 2nd GS GS QF QF Q 13
 Kuwait GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS GS 10
 Qatar GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF GS 1st Q 11
 Saudi Arabia 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd GS 2nd GS GS R16 Q 11
 United Arab Emirates GS GS GS 4th 2nd GS GS GS 3rd SF Q 11
 Iraq GS 4th QF QF QF 1st QF 4th R16 Q 10
 Japan GS 1st QF 1st 1st 4th 1st QF 2nd Q 10
 Thailand 3rd GS GS GS GS GS R16 7
 Uzbekistan GS GS QF QF 4th QF R16 7
 Bahrain GS 4th GS GS GS R16 6
 Syria GS GS GS GS GS GS Q 7
 North Korea 4th GS GS GS GS 5
 Australia Part of OFC QF 2nd 1st QF Q 5
 India 2nd GS GS GS 4
 Indonesia GS GS GS GS 4
 Israel 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Part of UEFA 4
 Jordan QF QF GS R16 4
 Oman GS GS GS R16 Q 5
 Vietnam 4th 4th QF QF Q 5
 Hong Kong 3rd 4th 5th 3
 Malaysia GS GS GS 3
 Chinese Taipei 3rd 4th 2
 Lebanon GS GS Q 3
 Palestine GS GS 2
 Turkmenistan GS GS 2
 Bangladesh GS 1
 Cambodia 4th 1
 Kyrgyzstan R16 1
 Myanmar 2nd 1
 Philippines GS 1
 Singapore GS 1
 South Yemen GS 1
 Yemen GS 1

Women's

FIFA Women's World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
2023
Australia
New Zealand
(32)
Years
 Japan GS QF GS GS GS 1st 2nd R16 8
 China PR QF 4th 2nd QF QF o QF R16 7
 Australia Part of OFC QF QF QF R16 Q 5
 North Korea o × GS GS QF GS × o 4
 South Korea o o o GS o o R16 GS 3
 Thailand o o o o o o GS GS 2
 Chinese Taipei QF o o o o o o o 1
Total (7 teams) 3 2 3 4 4 3 5 5 5+1 29
Olympic Games For Women
Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team 1996
United States
(8)
2000
Australia
(8)
2004
Greece
(10)
2008
China
(12)
2012
United Kingdom
(12)
2016
Brazil
(12)
2021
Japan
(12)
2024
France
(12)
Years
 China 2nd 5th 9th 5th - 8th 10th 6
 Japan 7th - 7th 4th 2nd - 8th 5
 Australia Part of OFC - - 7th 4th 2
 North Korea - - - 9th 9th - × 2
Total (4 teams) 2 1 2 3 2 2 3 15
AFC Women's Asian Cup
AFC Women's Asian Cup record
Team
(Total 21 teams)
1975
Hong Kong
(6)
1977
Taiwan
(6)
1979
India
(6)
1981
Hong Kong
(8)
1983
Thailand
(6)
1986
Hong Kong
(7)
1989
Hong Kong
(8)
1991
Japan
(9)
1993
Malaysia
(8)
1995
Malaysia
(11)
1997
China
(11)
1999
Philippines
(15)
2001
Chinese Taipei
(14)
2003
Thailand
(14)
2006
Australia
(9)
2008
Vietnam
(8)
2010
China
(8)
2014
Vietnam
(8)
2018
Jordan
(8)
2022
India
(12)
Years
 Japan GS GS 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 16
 Thailand 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 5th 4th 16
 China PR 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 3rd 3rd 14
 Hong Kong GS GS 4th 4th GS GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 14
 Chinese Taipei 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd GS GS GS GS 13
 South Korea GS GS 4th GS GS 4th 3rd GS GS GS 4th 5th 12
 North Korea GS 4th 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 10
 India 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS GS GS Q 9
 Malaysia 4th GS 3rd GS GS GS GS GS GS 9
 Philippines GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th 9
 Vietnam GS GS GS GS GS GS 6th GS 8
 Australia 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 2nd 7
 Singapore GS 3rd GS 4th GS GS GS 7
 Uzbekistan GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Guam GS GS GS GS 4
 Indonesia 4th GS 4th GS 4
 Myanmar GS GS GS GS 4
 Kazakhstan GS GS GS Part of UEFA 3
   Nepal GS GS GS 3
 Jordan GS GS 2
 New Zealand 1st 1

U-23

Men's

Olympic Games For Men
Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team 1900
France
(3)
1904
United States
(3)
1908
United Kingdom
(6)
1912
Sweden
(11)
1920
Belgium
(14)
1924
France
(22)
1928
Netherlands
(17)
1936
Germany
(16)
1948
United Kingdom
(18)
1952
Finland
(25)
1956
Australia
(11)
1960
Italy
(16)
1964
Japan
(14)
1968
Mexico
(16)
1972
West Germany
(16)
1976
Canada
(13)
1980
Soviet Union
(16)
1984
United States
(16)
1988
South Korea
(16)
1992
Spain
(16)
1996
United States
(16)
2000
Australia
(16)
2004
Greece
(16)
2008
China
(16)
2012
United Kingdom
(16)
2016
Brazil
(16)
2021
Japan
(16)
2024
France
(16)
Years
 South Korea o o o o o o o o QF GS GS GS GS GS QF GS 3rd QF 5th 11
 Japan o o o o o o o o QF GS QF 3rd GS QF GS GS 4th GS 4th 11
 Iraq o o o o o o o o not a member of AFC QF GS GS 4th GS 5
 India o o o o o o o o GS GS 4th GS 4
 Saudi Arabia o o o o o o o o GS GS 15th 3
 China o o o o o o o o GS GS GS 3
 Kuwait o o o o o o o o QF GS GS 3
 Iran o o o o o o o o GS GS QF 3
 Australia Part of OFC GS 12th 2
 Qatar o o o o o o o o GS QF 2
 Thailand o o o o o o o o GS GS 2
 Chinese Taipei o o o o o o o o GS GS 2
 Israel o o o o o o o o QF QF not a member of AFC 2
 United Arab Emirates o not a member of AFC GS 1
 Syria o o o o o o o o GS 1
 North Korea o o o o o o o o QF 1
 Malaysia o o o o o o o o GS 1
 Myanmar o o o o o o o o GS 1
 Indonesia o o o o o o o o QF 1
 Afghanistan o o o o o o o o GS 1
Total (20 teams) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 4 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 60

U-20

Men's

FIFA U-20 World Cup
FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Team 1977
Tunisia
(16)
1979
Japan
(16)
1981
Australia
(16)
1983
Mexico
(16)
1985
Soviet Union
(16)
1987
Chile
(16)
1989
Saudi Arabia
(16)
1991
Portugal
(16)
1993
Australia
(16)
1995
Qatar
(16)
1997
Malaysia
(24)
1999
Nigeria
(24)
2001
Argentina
(24)
2003
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2005
Netherlands
(24)
2007
Canada
(24)
2009
Egypt
(24)
2011
Colombia
(24)
2013
Turkey
(24)
2015
New Zealand
(24)
2017
South Korea
(24)
2019
Poland
(24)
2023
Indonesia
(24)
Years
 South Korea o GS GS 4th o o o QF GS o GS GS o R16 GS GS QF R16 QF o R16 2nd 15
 Japan o GS o o o o o o o QF QF 2nd GS QF R16 R16 o o o o R16 R16 10
 Saudi Arabia o o o o GS GS GS o GS o o GS o GS o o o R16 o o R16 GS 9
 China PR o o o GS QF o o o o o GS o R16 o R16 o o o o o o o 5
 Qatar o o 2nd o o o o o o GS o o o o o o o o o GS o GS 4
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR o o o o o GS o o GS o QF QF o o 4
 Iraq GS o o o o o QF o o o o o GS o o o o o 4th o o o 4
 Syria o o o o o o GS QF o GS o o o o R16 o o o o o o o 4
 Iran GS o o o o o o o o o o o GS o o o o o o o GS o 3
 North Korea o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o GS o GS o o 3
 Australia Part of OFC o GS GS GS o o o 3
 United Arab Emirates o o o o o o o o o o R16 o o QF o o QF o o o o o 3
 Indonesia o GS o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Q 2
 Vietnam o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o 1
 Myanmar o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o o 1
 Jordan o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o o o o o o 1
 Malaysia o o o o o o o o o o GS o o o o o o o o o o o 1
 Bahrain o o o o o GS o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o 1
 Kazakhstan Part of USSR o o o GS o Part of UEFA 1
Total (19 teams) 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 69

Women's

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002
Canada
(12)
2004
Thailand
(12)
2006
Russia
(16)
2008
Chile
(16)
2010
Germany
(16)
2012
Japan
(16)
2014
Canada
(16)
2016
Papua New Guinea
(16)
2018
France
(16)
2022
Costa Rica
(16)
Years
 North Korea o o 1st 2nd QF QF 4th 1st QF 7
 Japan QF o o QF GS 3rd o 3rd 1st 6
 China PR o 2nd 2nd GS o GS GS o GS 6
 South Korea o GS o o 3rd QF QF GS o 5
 Australia Part of OFC GS o o o o o o 1
 Thailand o GS o o o o o o o 1
 Chinese Taipei GS o o o o o o o o 1
Total (7 teams) 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 30

U-17

Men's

FIFA U-17 World Cup
FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Team 1985
China
(16)
1987
Canada
(16)
1989
Scotland
(16)
1991
Italy
(16)
1993
Japan
(16)
1995
Ecuador
(16)
1997
Egypt
(16)
1999
New Zealand
(16)
2001
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2003
Finland
(16)
2005
Peru
(16)
2007
South Korea
(24)
2009
Nigeria
(24)
2011
Mexico
(24)
2013
United Arab Emirates
(24)
2015
Chile
(24)
2017
India
(24)
2019
Brazil
(24)
2023
Peru
(24)
Years
 Japan o o o o QF GS o o GS o o GS GS QF R16 o R16 R16 9
 Qatar GS QF o 4th GS GS o QF o o GS o o o o o o o 7
 South Korea o QF o o o o o o o GS o GS QF o o R16 o QF 6
 China PR QF o GS GS GS o o o o GS QF o o o o o o o 6
 North Korea o o o o o o o o o o QF R16 o GS o R16 GS o 5
 Iran o o o o o o o o GS o o o R16 o R16 o QF o 4
 Australia Part of OFC o o R16 o R16 o R16 3
 United Arab Emirates o o o GS o o o o o o o o R16 o GS o o o 3
 Oman o o o o o 4th QF o GS o o o o o o o o o 3
 Saudi Arabia QF GS 1st o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o 3
 Tajikistan Part of USSR o o o o o o o R16 o o o o o GS 2
 Iraq o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o R16 o 2
 Syria o o o o o o o o o o o R16 o o o GS o o 2
 Uzbekistan Part of USSR o o o o o o o o o QF R16 o o o 2
 Thailand o o o o o o GS GS o o o o o o o o o o 2
 Bahrain o o 4th o o o GS o o o o o o o o o o o 2
 India o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o 1
 Yemen o o o o o o o o o GS o o o o o o o o 1
Total (18 teams) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 5 4 5 4 59

Women's

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008
New Zealand
(16)
2010
Trinidad and Tobago
(16)
2012
Azerbaijan
(16)
2014
Costa Rica
(16)
2016
Jordan
(16)
2018
Uruguay
(16)
2022
India
(16)
Years
 Japan QF 2nd QF 1st 2nd QF 6
 North Korea 1st 4th 2nd GS 1st QF 6
 South Korea QF 1st o o o GS 3
 China PR o o GS GS o o 2
 India o o o o o o Q 1
 Jordan o o o o GS o 1
Total (6 teams) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 21

Futsal

Men's

FIFA Futsal World Cup
FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team Netherlands
1989
(16)
Hong Kong
1992
(16)
Spain
1996
(16)
Guatemala
2000
(16)
Chinese Taipei
2004
(16)
Brazil
2008
(20)
Thailand
2012
(24)
Colombia
2016
(24)
Lithuania
2021
(24)
Years
 Australia R1 R1 2
 China R1 R1 R1 3
 Chinese Taipei R1 1
 Hong Kong R1 1
 Iran 4th R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 3rd Q 8
 Japan R1 R1 R1 R2 Q 5
 Kazakhstan R1 1
 Kuwait R1 1
 Malaysia R1 1
 Saudi Arabia R1 1
 Thailand R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 Q 6
 Uzbekistan R1 Q 2
 Vietnam R2 Q 2
Total (13 teams) 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 34

Beach soccer

Men's

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Team 1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(16)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
2019
Paraguay
(16)
2021
Russia
(16)
Years
 Japan o o GS o QF 4th GS o o o 4th QF GS GS QF GS QF QF GS 4th 2nd 15
 Iran o o o o o o o o o o o GS GS GS o GS QF QF 3rd o o 7
 United Arab Emirates o o o o o o o o o o o o GS GS GS o GS o GS GS GS 7
 Oman o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o GS o GS o GS GS 4
 Bahrain o o o o o o o o o o o QF o o GS o o o o o o 2
 Thailand o o o o o o o 4th o o GS o o o o o o o o o o 2
 Malaysia o o o o GS o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o 1
Total (7 teams) 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 35

Former tournaments

Men's

FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
(4)
1995
Saudi Arabia
(6)
1997
Saudi Arabia
(8)
1999
Mexico
(8)
2001
South Korea
Japan
(8)
2003
France
(8)
2005
Germany
(8)
2009
South Africa
(8)
2013
Brazil
(8)
2017
Russia
(8)
Years
 Japan o GS o o 2nd GS GS o GS o 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 4th o o o o o o 4
 Australia Part of OFC o o GS 1
 Iraq o o o o o o o GS o o 1
 South Korea o o o o GS o o o o o 1
 United Arab Emirates o o GS o o o o o o o 1
Total (6 teams) 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 13

Controversy

The AFC has been accused of its political nepotism and corruption within the federation.

Hakeem al-Araibi

Hakeem al-Araibi, Bahraini footballer turned political refugee in Australia, was arrested by Thai police on his honeymoon to Thailand in November 2018. He faced extradition charges from the Bahraini government on the false accusation over his involvement in the Bahraini uprising of 2011 that he instigated the attack on a police station. As Thailand did not sign the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Thai economic interests with Bahrain, and the ruling president of the AFC, Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, is a member of Bahraini Royal family, fear that the AFC might set up as culprit for the deportation, triggered international outcry. Australia and FIFA eventually intervened and Thai officials would release Hakeem in February 2019, but this highlighted rampant political corruption in the AFC.[30][31]

Israel and Iranian-Saudi rivalry

The AFC Asian Cup is also marked with numerous instances of political interference. One of these was the case of Israel, as the team used to be a member of the AFC but following the Arab defeat in the Yom Kippur War, Israel was expelled from the AFC in 1974 and had to compete in OFC until being granted UEFA membership in 1990.[32] Meanwhile, similar cases also exist in other AFC tournaments like the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Following the 2016 attack on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, Saudi Arabia has rejected playing with Iran and even threatens to withdraw if the AFC refuses to follow, and even extended it to international level.[33]

Blockade of Qatar

In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, Qatari fans were barred from entering the country as part of the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis, despite the earlier slogan "Bringing Asia Together", although the Emirati government later announced that it would permit Qatari citizens temporary entry into the country pending approval from Emirati authorities.[34] According to a report, Saoud al-Mohannadi, a Qatari national who is the AFC vice-president and chairman of the organizing committee for the Asian Cup, was unable to enter the UAE two days prior to the tournament's start because Emirati authorities had not yet cleared him.[35] The director of the 2019 AFC Organizing Committee denied reports that Al Mohannadi was refused entry and declared that Al Mohannadi has arrived on Friday morning and was preparing for his meetings. The director stated that there was no evidence that shows he was unable to enter and stated that this news has "political purposes". He stated, "We try to keep sports away from politics."[36] Since then, the Qatari team faced imminent discrimination from the host nation, and even in the semi-finals when Qatar faced up host nation, UAE supporters threw bottles and footwear into the match after Qatari players scored their second goal, the latter is considered deeply offensive in the Middle East. One of the Qatari players, Salem Al Hajri, was struck on the head with a shoe after Qatar scored its third goal. This conduct was preceded by booing the Qatari national anthem. The two countries had had a hostile relationship and had cut ties due to the ongoing diplomatic crisis.[37] Qatar won 4-0 despite the situation, reaching their first Asian Cup final and would go on to win the tournament for the first time.[38][39][40]

Afterwards, the AFC declared that it would conduct an investigation into the proceedings,[39][41] eventually punished the UAEFA over the incident, fined $150,000 US dollars for the incident and had to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors.[42] However, on 21 September, AFC had mysteriously lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun.[43]

World Cup qualifiers

Tensions between the two 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.[44]

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. Enthusiasm thus ran high due to aspiration of reconciliation between two Koreas, only to be later shattered by the North Korean Government banning supporters from entering the stadium, and aggressive performance by the Northern players to the Southern counterparts. The match ended a goalless draw, but 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. The AFC was accused of doing little about the case, which led to the AFC to decide the final of the 2019 AFC Cup would not be hosted in North Korea.[45]

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.[46] On August 12, 2020, FIFA and the 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.[47]

AFC Champions League

In 2020 AFC Champions League, the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran received a letter from the 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.[48][49] The four AFC Champions League teams from Iran announced on 18 January 2020 that they would withdraw from the tournament if the ban was not reversed.[50][51] The 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.[52][53][54]

See also

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