The Asian Football Confederation or for short AFC is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent. The AFC was formed officially on 8 May 1954 in Manila, Philippines and is one of FIFA’s six continental confederations.
There are 47 member countries and similar to the Confederation of African Football they are split into several regions. There are five regions:
West Asian Football Federation
Founded in 2001, is an association of the football playing nations in Western Asia. Its current members are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Central Asian Football Association
is an association of the football playing nations in Central Asia. There are six member Iran, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
Founded in 1997, is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia. It’s members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
The East Asian Football Federation (EAFF)
Founded on May 28, 2002, is an international governing body of association football in East Asia. There are 10 member associations. The members are China PR, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Macau, Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands. All of them are members of the Asian Football Confederation except for the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.
The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
It is a smaller organisation within the greater Asian Football Confederation, and centres on Southeast Asia. It was founded in 1984. Current members are Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. 12 members.
The AFC runs the Asian Cup to determine the Champions of Asia and the AFC Solidarity Cup. Both competitions are run every 4 years. There are also qualifying tournaments for the FIFA World Cup and the summer Olympics.
Each AFC regional federation organises its own tournament for national teams: EAFF East Asian Cup, SAFF Championship, AFF Championship, CAFA Championship and WAFF Championship.
The top-ranked AFC competition is the AFC Champions League, which started in the 2002–03 season. The top 1–4 teams of each country are able to compete.
A second, lower-ranked competition is the AFC Cup. This competition was launched by AFC in 2004.
Betting on AFC Matches
The great thing about the internet is that it is now possible to bet on a football match at anytime of the day. If you fancy a bet at 3am you will be able to find a match to bet on. It is possible to bet on AFC international tournaments such as the Asian Cup and the Solidarity Cup as well as the EAFF East Asian Cup, SAFF Championship, AFF Championship, CAFA Championship and WAFF Championship.
Betting on the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup are hugely popular. It is also possible to place bets on the league matches taking place in each country.
The leading online bookmakers all have markets and odds available for these leagues, tournaments and cups.