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AFC COACH OF THE YEAR - MEN



Go Oiwa (JPN)




Tsuyoshi Otsuki (JPN)




Chung Jung Yong (KOR)


AFC COACH OF THE YEAR - WOMEN



Katayoun Khosrowyar (IRN)




Asako Takakura (JPN)




Nuenggrutai Srathongvian (THA)


AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MEN



ALI REZA SAFARBEIRANVAND (IRN)



Famously remembered for saving Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, IR Iran’s Safarbeiranvand repeated the feat against Oman in the knockout stages of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 to ensure Team Melli’s eventual passage to the semi-finals. Regarded as one of Asia’s best goalkeepers Safarbeiranvand continues to be an inspirational figure for his club side, Persepolis FC.


TOMOAKI MAKINO (JPN)



Makino has featured consistently as his side Urawa Red Diamonds marched into the AFC Champions League final, and the versatile defender has been a central figure in keeping six clean sheets for the Japanese club. His commanding and determined presence was evident on Asia’s biggest stage as he helped lead the Samurai Blue to the final of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.


AKRAM HASSAN AFIF (QAT)



Long hailed as one of Asia’s brightest stars, 2019 was the year that Afif claimed his deserved place among Asia’s best. He was Qatar’s creative force as the West Asians created history with their first-ever AFC Asian Cup title in the UAE. The Al Sadd attacker produced ten assists – the most in the tournament’s history. He has been in sensational form for his club, both in the domestic league and the AFC Champions League, where they reached semi-finals.

AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - WOMEN


LI YING (CHN)


China PR’s Li Ying burst onto the scene at the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup where she finished as the tournament’s leading scorer and her powerful displays were showcased once more at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, where she guided the Steel Roses to the Round of 16. She also featured prominently for her club side Guangdong Huijun F.C, helping the newly promoted side maintain their position in the China Women’s Super League.

ASHALATA DEVI LOITONGBAM (IND)


Ashalata Devi has been a reliable figure in defence, leading India to the Olympic 2020 Qualifiers Round 2 and winning the 2019 SAFF Championship title. She also led them to a third-place finish at the 2019 L’Alcúdia International Women’s Football Tournament in Spain, before guiding her club side, Sethu FC to the Indian Women’s League crown. She also won the Women’s Player of the Year award for the 2018-2019 season.

Saki Kumagai (JPN)


Few players command the admiration of the footballing world like Japan’s captain, Saki Kumagai. She was instrumental in Japan’s passage to the Round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and played an integral part of Olympique Lyonnais’ march to claim their fourth consecutive UEFA Women’s Champions League title – an accolade that earned her a nomination for this year’s BBC World Women’s Footballer of the Year award.

AWARD NOMINEES LIST 2019

AFC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MEN

Alireza Safarbeiranvand (IRN) | Tomoaki Makino (JPN) | Akram Afif (QAT)

WOMEN

Li Ying (CHN) | Ashalata Devi Loitongbam (IND) | Saki Kumagai (JPN)

AFC FUTSAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mahdi Javid (IRN) | Tomoki Yoshikawa (JPN) | Yushi Sekiguchi (JPN)

AFC YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR

WOMEN

Karly Roestbakken (AUS) | Wang Linlin (CHN) | Jun Endo (JPN)

MEN

Hiroki Abe (JPN) | Lee Kang-in (KOR) | Doan Van Hau (VIE)

AFC COACH OF THE YEAR

WOMEN

Katayoun Khosrowyar (IRN | Asako Takakura (JPN) | Nuengrutai Srathongvian (THA)

MEN

Tsuyoshi Otsuki (JPN) | Go Aiwa (JPN) | Chung Jung-yong (KOR)

AFC MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR

INSPIRING

Football Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran | Japan Football Association | Korea Football Association

DEVELOPING

DPR Korea Football Association | The Hong Kong Football Association LTD. | Football Association of Singapore

ASPIRING

Guam Football Association | Mongolian Football Federation | Yemen Football Association

AFC PRESIDENT RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL

INSPIRING

Chinese Football Association | Japan Football Association | Fooball Association of Malaysia

DEVELOPING

The Hong Kong Football Assoiation LTD. | All India Football Federation | Football Association of Singapore

ASPIRING

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam | Guam Football Association | Palestine Football Association