About AFC


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of Asian football and one of the six Confederations making up FIFA.

Formed in 1954 in Manila on the sidelines of the second Asian Games, the AFC was sanctioned by FIFA in Berne, Switzerland on June 21 of that year.

The AFC is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and consists of 46 Member Associations and one Associate Member Association (The Northern Mariana Islands). Led by the AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the AFC launched its Vision and Mission on January 28, 2016 in Doha, Qatar, setting out its ambitions of being the world’s leading Confederation as well as having more successful Asian teams on the world stage and confirming football as the number one sport in the continent.

The new Vision and Mission tagline – One Asia, One Goal – signifies the core values of unity professionalism and leadership. In addition to developing and regulating the game, upholding the integrity and laws of the game, boosting grassroots and youth football and conducting top-level competitions, the AFC also works closely with its Member Associations and key stakeholders to bring to life its objectives under its Vision and Mission.

AFC Management & Overall Structure

Following the successful delivery of the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur in April 2019 and the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Paris two months later, the Asian Football Confederation has an exciting future – allowing it to build on the solid platform of stability and unity created since 2013.

In the last six years, under the leadership of the AFC President, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the AFC have delivered an incredible amount of development in Asian Football in line with the Vision and Mission of the AFC.

To help prepare for the next phase of growth and services the AFC Administration has been restructured with: -

a) A newly established Commercial Department

b) Competitions Division is now Competitions & Football Events Division

c) Member Association Department is now Member Association & Regional Association Department

d) Finance Department is now Finance & HR Department

e) A new General Administration & Services Department

The AFC is confident that it now has the most appropriate structure to maximise the opportunities of the next decade provided by its record commercial contract with partners DDMC Fortis and by its ever-growing competitions.

This will allow the AFC to continue the policy of investment in Member Associations and Regional Associations as outlined at previous Congresses and so guaranteeing their financial stability and technical development. There will also be further investment in growing the digital capacity and administrative skills of the MAs.



“Our continent must continue to be relevant and adapt to our new challenges. The new AFC Vision and Mission will provide clarity and fresh impetus to bring Asian football to even greater summits of excellence."

- AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa


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