Asian Football Confederation
The AFC – the Asian Football Confederation
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) was formed on May 8th, 1954. The founding members were Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong, Iran, India, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore and South Vietnam.
The AFC is one of the six continental football confederations that make up FIFA The world governing body of football. The other members are: UEFA-Europe, CAF-Africa, CONCACAF-North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONMEBOL-South Americaand the OFC- Oceania.
The AFC now has 47 member nations, split into 5 different regional groups:
West Asian Football Federation WAFF
Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Central Asian Football Association CAFA
Afghanistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
South Asian Football Federation SAFF
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka Asean Football Federation AFF Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.
East Asian Football Federation EAFF
China PR, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Macau, Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The AFC runs numerous competitions both in men’s football and ladies football. The flagship competition being the AFC Asian Cup which is on a national team level, held every four years and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, also held every four years.
At club level the top competition is the AFC Champions League, which gathers together the top teams from across the different AFC member championships.
The AFC also runs various beach football, futsal, and a wide selection of youth tournaments for both sexes.