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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the six confederations within
FIFA FIFA ( french: Fédération Internationale de Football Association; en, International Federation of Association Football, link=yes; : ''Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociación''; : ''Internationaler Verband des Association-Fußball'' ...
and is the governing body of
association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport A team sport includes any sport Sport pertains to any form of Competition, competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain ...
in
Asia Asia () is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere, Eastern and Northern Hemisphere, Northern Hemisphere of the Earth, Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the cont ...

Asia
and
Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous List of islands of Australia, sma ...

Australia
. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent, but excludes the
transcontinental countries This is a list of countries located on more than one continent A continent is one of several large landmasses. Generally identified by convention (norm), convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven regions are commonly reg ...
with territory in both Europe and Asia –
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan (, ; az, Azərbaycan ), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan ( az, Azərbaycan Respublikası ), is a country in the Transcaucasia, Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is boun ...

Azerbaijan
,
Georgia Georgia usually refers to: * Georgia (country), a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia * Georgia (U.S. state), one of the states of the United States of America Georgia may also refer to: Historical states and entities * Democratic Republ ...
,
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan ( kk, Қазақстан, Qazaqstan; russian: Казахстан, Kazakhstan), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan,; russian: Республика Казахстан, Respublika Kazakhstan, link=no) is a country located mainly in ...

Kazakhstan
,
Russia Russia ( rus, link=no, Россия, Rossiya, ), or the Russian Federation, is a country spanning Eastern Europe Eastern Europe is the eastern region of . There is no consistent definition of the precise area it covers, partly because th ...

Russia
and
Turkey Turkey ( tr, Türkiye ), officially the Republic of Turkey, is a country located mainly on Anatolia Anatolia,, tr, Anadolu Yarımadası), and the Anatolian plateau. also known as Asia Minor, is a large peninsula in Western Asia an ...

Turkey
– which are instead members of
UEFA The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA ; french: Union des associations européennes de football; german: Union der europäischen Fußballverbände) is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, as wel ...

UEFA
. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia –
Cyprus Cyprus ; tr, Kıbrıs (), officially called the Republic of Cyprus,, , lit: Republic of Cyprus is an island country An island country or an island nation is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or poli ...

Cyprus
,
Armenia Armenia (; hy, Հայաստան, translit=Hayastan, ), officially the Republic of Armenia,, is a landlocked country A landlocked country is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is ...

Armenia
and
Israel Israel (; he, יִשְׂרָאֵל, translit=Yīsrāʾēl; ar, إِسْرَائِيل, translit=ʾIsrāʾīl), officially the State of Israel ( he, מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, label=none, translit=Medīnat Yīsrāʾēl; ), is a ...

Israel
– are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.
Guam Guam (; ch, Guåhan ) is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the Micronesia Micronesia (, ; from grc, μικρός ''mikrós'' "small" and ''nêsos'' "island") is a subregion of Oceania, consisting of thousa ...

Guam
, a territory of the United States, and the
Northern Mariana Islands The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI; ch, Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas; cal, Commonwealth Téél Falúw kka Efáng llól Marianas), is an unincorporated territories of the Unit ...

Northern Mariana Islands
, one of the two Commonwealths of the United States are also AFC members that are geographically in Oceania.
Hong Kong Hong Kong (; , ), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR), is a city A city is a large human settlement.Goodall, B. (1987) ''The Penguin Dictionary of Human Geography''. London: Pe ...

Hong Kong
and
Macau Macau or Macao (; ; ; ), officially the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (MSAR), (RAEM) is a city A city is a large human settlement.Goodall, B. (1987) ''The Penguin Dictionary of Human Geography''. Lond ...

Macau
, although not independent countries (both are
Special Administrative Region A special administrative region is a designation for types of administrative territorial entities in Mainland China Mainland China, also known as the Chinese mainland, China mainland, or the Mainland Area of the Republic of China is the geopo ...
s of China), are also members of the AFC. The AFC was officially formed on 7 May 1954 in
Manila, Philippines Manila ( , ; fil, Maynila, ), officially the City of Manila ( fil, Lungsod ng Maynila, ), is the capital Capital most commonly refers to: * Capital letter Letter case (or just case) is the distinction between the letters that are ...
. The main headquarters is located in
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Kuala Lumpur
,
Malaysia Malaysia ( ; ) is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia, also spelled South East Asia and South-East Asia, and also known as Southeastern Asia or SEA, is the geographical southeastern subregion of Asia, consisting of the regions ...

Malaysia
. The current president is
Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa ( ar, سلمان بن ابراهيم آل خليفة; born 2 November 1965) is a member of the House of Khalifa The House of Khalifa ( ar, آل خليفة, translit=Āl Khalīfah) is the ruling family of the Ki ...
of
Bahrain Bahrain ( ; ar, البحرين, al-Baḥrayn, , locally ), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain ( ar, مملكة البحرين, links=no '), is a country in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Persian Gulf. The Island country, island nation c ...

Bahrain
.


History

The Asian Football Confederation was founded on 7 May 1954 in
Manila, Philippines Manila ( , ; fil, Maynila, ), officially the City of Manila ( fil, Lungsod ng Maynila, ), is the capital Capital most commonly refers to: * Capital letter Letter case (or just case) is the distinction between the letters that are ...
.
Afghanistan Afghanistan (; Pashto Pashto (,; / , ), sometimes spelled Pukhto or Pakhto, is an Eastern Iranian language The Eastern Iranian languages are a subgroup of the Iranian languages The Iranian or Iranic languages are a branch of t ...
,
Burma (Myanmar) Myanmar (; my, မြန်မာ ) or Burma ( my, ဗမာ ), officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh Bangladesh (, bn, :bn:বাংলাদেশ, ...

Burma (Myanmar)
, Republic of China (Chinese Taipei),
Hong Kong Hong Kong (; , ), officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR), is a city A city is a large human settlement.Goodall, B. (1987) ''The Penguin Dictionary of Human Geography''. London: Pe ...
,
Iran Iran ( fa, ایران ), also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia Western Asia, West Asia, or Southwest Asia, is the westernmost subregion A subregion is a part of a larger regio ...
,
India India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi Hindi (Devanagari: , हिंदी, ISO 15919, ISO: ), or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (Devanagari: , ISO 15919, ISO: ), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken chiefly in Hindi Belt, ...
,
Israel Israel (; he, יִשְׂרָאֵל, translit=Yīsrāʾēl; ar, إِسْرَائِيل, translit=ʾIsrāʾīl), officially the State of Israel ( he, מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, label=none, translit=Medīnat Yīsrāʾēl; ), is a ...
,
Indonesia Indonesia ( ), officially the Republic of Indonesia ( id, Republik Indonesia, links=yes ), is a country in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia, also spelled South East Asia and South-East Asia, and also known as Southeastern Asia or SEA, is t ...
,
Japan Japan ( ja, 日本, or , and formally ) is an island country An island country or an island nation is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often referred to as the land of an in ...
,
South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korea, Korean Peninsula and sharing a Korean Demilitarized Zone, land border with North Korea. Its western border is for ...
,
Pakistan Pakistan, . Pronounced variably in English as , , , and . officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world's List of countries and dependencies by population, fifth-most populous country, with a popul ...
,
Philippines The Philippines (; fil, Pilipinas, links=no), officially the Republic of the Philippines ( fil, Republika ng Pilipinas, links=no), * bik, Republika kan Filipinas * ceb, Republika sa Pilipinas * cbk, República de Filipinas * hil, Republ ...
,
Singapore Singapore (), officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign state, sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude () north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bor ...
and
South Vietnam South Vietnam, officially the Republic of Vietnam (RVN; vi, Việt Nam Cộng Hòa; french: République du Viêt Nam), was a country that existed from 1955 to 1975, the period when the southern portion of Vietnam , image_map ...
were founding members. The
AFC Asian Cup The AFC Asian Cup is the primary association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played with a sphere, spherical Ball (association football), ball between two teams of 11 footbal ...

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-
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in
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. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC) is the section of the AFC who manage
women's footballWomen's football most often refers to: * Women's association football (women's soccer). Women's football may also refer to: * Women's American football (also Canadian) * Women's Australian rules football * Ladies' Gaelic football * Women's rugby le ...
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. The Asian Ladies Football Confederation helped organize the
AFC Women's Asian Cup The AFC Women's Asian Cup (formerly known as the AFC Women's Championship) is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the ...
, 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 The AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup, founded as the AFC U-17 Women's Championship and later the AFC U-16 Women's Championship, before changing to its current name after the 2019 edition, is a biennial women's footballWomen's football most often refers ...
.


Controversy

The AFC has been accused of its political nepotism and corruption within the federation. 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 The Bahraini uprising of 2011 was a series of anti-government protests in Bahrain Bahrain ( ; ar, البحرين, al-Baḥrayn, , locally ), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain ( ar, مملكة البحرين, links=no '), is a country in t ...
that he instigated the attack on a police station. As Thailand did not sign the
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, Thai economic interests with Bahrain, and the ruling president of the AFC,
Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa ( ar, سلمان بن ابراهيم آل خليفة; born 2 November 1965) is a member of the House of Khalifa, the royal family of Bahrain. He has been president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since ...
, 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. The
AFC Asian Cup The AFC Asian Cup is the primary association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played with a sphere, spherical Ball (association football), ball between two teams of 11 footbal ...

AFC Asian Cup
is also marked with numerous instances of political interference. One of these was the case of
Israel Israel (; he, יִשְׂרָאֵל, translit=Yīsrāʾēl; ar, إِسْرَائِيل, translit=ʾIsrāʾīl), officially the State of Israel ( he, מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, label=none, translit=Medīnat Yīsrāʾēl; ), is a ...
, as the team used to be a member of the AFC but following
Yom Kippur War The Yom Kippur War, also known as the Ramadan War, the October War, the 1973 Arab–Israeli War or the Fourth Arab–Israeli War, was an armed conflict fought from 6 to 25 October 1973 between Israel Israel (; he, יִשְׂרָאֵ ...
and increasing tensions against the Arab AFC members, Israel was expelled from the AFC in 1974 and had to compete in OFC until being granted
UEFA The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA ; french: Union des associations européennes de football; german: Union der europäischen Fußballverbände) is the administrative body for football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, as wel ...

UEFA
membership in 1990. 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. Tensions between the two Koreas during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification had led
North Korea North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. It borders China and Russia to the north, at the Yalu River, Yalu (Amnok) and Tu ...
to withdraw from hosting the South Korean team and refusing to display the
South Korean flag
South Korean flag
and play their national anthem. As a result, North Korea's home matches were moved to
Shanghai Shanghai (, , Standard Chinese, Standard Mandarin pronunciation: ) is one of the four Direct-administered municipalities of China, direct-administered municipalities of the China, People's Republic of China. The city is located on the sou ...

Shanghai
. 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 The Qatar diplomatic crisis was a diplomatic incident{{refimprove, date=December 2011 An international incident (or diplomatic incident) is a seemingly relatively small or limited action, incident or clash that results in a wider dispute between ...

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. 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. 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." 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
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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
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due to the ongoing diplomatic crisis. 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. Afterwards, the AFC declared that it would conduct an investigation into the proceedings, eventually punished the UAEFA over the incident, fined $150,000
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for the incident and had to play their first 2022 and 2023 qualification game in closed doors. However, on 21 September, AFC had mysteriously lifted the ban just a few weeks before the match has begun. During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, North Korea reluctantly agreed to host the South Korean team in
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, 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. In
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, the
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AFC Executive Committee

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Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa ( ar, سلمان بن ابراهيم آل خليفة; born 2 November 1965) is a member of the House of Khalifa The House of Khalifa ( ar, آل خليفة, translit=Āl Khalīfah) is the ruling family of the Ki ...
;FIFA Council Members * Du Zhaocai * Praful Patel * Kohzo Tashima * Mariano Araneta *
Saoud Al-Mohannadi Saoud Abdul Aziz M. Al Mohannadi (born in 1 January 1957), is the vice president of Qatar Football Association and vice president of Asian Football Confederation. He is presently elected as a member in the FIFA Council. He was elected as a member ...
* Mahfuza Akhter Kiron ;AFC Vice Presidents *
Saoud Al-Mohannadi Saoud Abdul Aziz M. Al Mohannadi (born in 1 January 1957), is the vice president of Qatar Football Association and vice president of Asian Football Confederation. He is presently elected as a member in the FIFA Council. He was elected as a member ...
*
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Mehdi Taj
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Faisal Saleh Hayat Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat ( ur, مخدوم سيد فیصل صالح حیات – born in Lahore in 1952) is a Pakistani people, Pakistani politician from Jhang, Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab, Pakistan. Political career He is the ''sijada nashe ...
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Zaw Zaw Zaw Zaw ( my, ဇော်ဇော်) is a Burmese business magnate, banker, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a major conglomerate. Zaw Zaw is currently serving as the president of the Myanmar Foo ...
* Ganbaatar Amgalanbaatar ;AFC Executive Committee Members * Abed-Alkhaliq Masoud Ahmed * Hachem Haider * Salem Said Salem Al Wahaibi * Hamid Mohammed Ali Al-Shaibani * Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji *
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* Hamidin Mohd Amin * Tran Quoc Tuan * Fok Kai Shan Eric * Susan Shalabi Molano * Kanya Keomany * Han Un-gyong ;General Secretary *
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Member associations

AFC National League The AFC has 47 member associations which split into five regions. Several nations proposed a South West Asian Federation but that will not interfere with AFC zones.


Notes


Former members

* , 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. Became full
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members in 1994. * , 1964. Founding member of OFC in 1966. * , 1972–1990. Joined North Yemen as
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* , 1993–2002. Joined
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UEFA
in 2002.


Competitions


National teams

Men's *
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AFC Asian Cup
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* Asian Games women's football tournament * AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament * AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup *
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* AFC Women's Futsal Asian Cup


Clubs

Men's *
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AFC Champions League
*AFC Cup *AFC Futsal Club Championship Women's *AFC Women's Club Championship


Former tournaments

National teams *AFC Challenge Cup *Afro-Asian Cup of Nations * AFC–OFC Challenge Cup Clubs *
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*
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International

The AFC runs the
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AFC Asian Cup
and
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, which determine the Champions of Asia, as well as the
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. All three competitions are held every four years. The AFC also organises the AFC Futsal Asian Cup, AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup, 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:
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,
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, EAFF Championship, SAFF Championship and WAFF Championship.


Club

The top-ranked AFC competition is the
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) 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. The AFC also runs an annual Asian
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futsal
club competition, the AFC Futsal Club Championship.


Current title holders


Titles by nation


Former competitions


Sponsors and supporters

The following are the sponsors of AFC (named "AFC Partners") * Emirates FLY BETTER *
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Hall of Fame

*
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Harry Kewell
*
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Homayoun Behzadi Homayoun Behzadi (20 June 1942 – 22 January 2016) was an Iranian Association football, footballer and coach. He usually played as a Striker (association football), striker. Early life He was born on 4 January 1942 in Khorramabad, Lorestan Provi ...

Homayoun Behzadi
*
Ali Daei Ali Daei ( fa, ; born 21 March 1969) is an Iran Iran ( fa, ایران ), also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia Western Asia, West Asia, or Southwest Asia, is the westernm ...

Ali Daei
*
Yasuhiko Okudera is a former Japanese association football, football player and manager. He is currently the president of J2 League club Yokohama FC and was formerly the president of English club Plymouth Argyle F.C., Plymouth Argyle. Okudera was the first Japane ...

Yasuhiko Okudera
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Hong Myung-bo Hong Myung-bo ( ko, 홍명보, Hanja: 洪明甫; ; born 12 February 1969) is a South Korean former Association football, footballer who played as a Defender (association football)#Sweeper (libero), sweeper, and the current head coach of Ulsan ...

Hong Myung-bo
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Major tournament records

;Legend * – Champion * – Runner-up * – Third place * – 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 For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.


FIFA World Cup


FIFA Women's World Cup


AFC Asian Cup


AFC Women's Asian Cup


Rankings


Men's national teams

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are calculated by
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.


Top ranked men's national teams

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" color:AUS from:06/06/2012 till:28/11/2013 shift:(20,-4) text:"
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" color:JPN from:28/11/2013 till:17/07/2014 shift:(20,-4) text:"
Iran Iran ( fa, ایران ), also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia Western Asia, West Asia, or Southwest Asia, is the westernmost subregion A subregion is a part of a larger regio ...
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Iran Iran ( fa, ایران ), also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia Western Asia, West Asia, or Southwest Asia, is the westernmost subregion A subregion is a part of a larger regio ...
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Korea Republic South Korea (Korean Korean may refer to: People and culture * Koreans, an ethnic group originating in the Korean Peninsula * Korean cuisine * Korean culture * Korean language * Korean alphabet, or Hangul Places * Korean Peninsula, a ...
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Korea Republic South Korea (Korean Korean may refer to: People and culture * Koreans, an ethnic group originating in the Korean Peninsula * Korean cuisine * Korean culture * Korean language * Korean alphabet, or Hangul Places * Korean Peninsula, a ...
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Korea Republic South Korea (Korean Korean may refer to: People and culture * Koreans, an ethnic group originating in the Korean Peninsula * Korean cuisine * Korean culture * Korean language * Korean alphabet, or Hangul Places * Korean Peninsula, a ...
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Women's national teams

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are calculated by
FIFA FIFA ( french: Fédération Internationale de Football Association; en, International Federation of Association Football, link=yes; : ''Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociación''; : ''Internationaler Verband des Association-Fußball'' ...
.


Top ranked women's national teams

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Men's elo rankings

Here are the
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for AFC members.


Club Competitions Ranking

The
AFC Club Competitions Ranking The AFC Club Competitions Ranking is a ranking system launched by the AFC in 2014. The ranking is based on the results of teams participating in the last four years of the AFC Champions League The AFC Champions League (abbreviated as ACL) is an ...
ranks its member associations by results in the AFC competitions. Rankings are calculated by the AFC. Listed here are the top 30 countries.


Clubs

Rankings are calculated by the
IFFHS The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) is an organisation that chronicles the history and records of association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team spo ...
. Listed here are the top ten clubs.


Men's futsal

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

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are calculated by
Beach Soccer Worldwide Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) is the organisation responsible for the founding and growth of association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played with a sphere, spherical Ball (as ...
(BSWW).


See also

*
AFC Annual AwardsThe AFC Annual Awards are awards given by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to the most outstanding performers of the Asia, Asian Association football, football season. The awards are presented at the end of each year at a special gala. Player ...
* List of Presidents of AFC *
Asian Football Hall of Fame The Asian Football Hall of Fame is a hall of fame A hall, wall, or walk of fame is a list of individuals, achievements, or animals, usually chosen by a group of electors, to mark their fame in their field. In some cases, these halls of fame ...
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AFC Club Competitions Ranking The AFC Club Competitions Ranking is a ranking system launched by the AFC in 2014. The ranking is based on the results of teams participating in the last four years of the AFC Champions League The AFC Champions League (abbreviated as ACL) is an ...
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ASEAN Football Federation The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) is a smaller organisation within the greater Asian Football Confederation The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the six confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of association football ...
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Central Asian Football Association The Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) is an association of the association football, football playing nations in Central Asia. In June 2014, the association was in principle approved by the Asian Football Confederation and approved at the ...
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East Asian Football Federation The East Asian Football Federation (EAFF), founded on May 28, 2002, is an international governing body of association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played with a sphere, spher ...
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South Asian Football Federation South Asian Football Federation (SAFF), founded in 1997, is an association of the football Football is a family of team sport A team is a roup (disambiguation), group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve th ...
(SAFF) *West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) ;Continent confederations *Confederation of African Football (CAF) *CONCACAF *CONMEBOL *Oceanian Football Confederation (OFC) *Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) *Timeline of football (soccer), Timeline of Football *List of association football sub-confederations *
List of association football competitions This is a list of the association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played with a sphere, spherical Ball (association football), ball between two teams of 11 football player, p ...


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