1Q March 2023 AFC Ranking

AFC Asia – the KA ELO Leagues & Club Rankings – the first quarter of 2023

AFC Champions League & AFC Cup

the KA Leagues & Club Rankings, set for March 15, 2023

the KA Leagues Ranking

1Q 2023 Performance ranking of Asian leagues in international matches – derived ELO method

March 15, 2023
League (s)ClubsClubsPtsRPSex pos.diff.Zone/Region
1Saudi ArabiaKSA🇸🇦

34,4361117,853+2AFC Middle East
2South KoreaKOR🇰🇷



25,232819,074AFC Middle East

20,624669,495AFC Middle East

13,779447,297+1AFC Middle East



11,528374,228-1AFC Middle East



8,443274,0712AFC Middle East


7,520244,1110-4AFC Middle East
15SingaporeSIN🇸🇬 🇯🇵


6,858222,6218+2AFC Middle East

6,693217,2717AFC Middle East
18Hong KongHKG🇭🇰


6,328205,4215-4AFC Middle East

5,826189,1219-1AFC Middle East

5,303172,1421AFC Middle East


24Korea DPRPRK🇰🇵




2,39977,8828+1AFC Middle East


1,60252,0029AFC Middle East

1,26140,93OFFAFC Middle East

0,59419,2832+1AFC Middle East

0,51616,7530-2AFC Middle East




Club Ranking ↓

Importance of continental rankings relative to global rankings
The Asian continental rankings (Asian Leagues Ranking & Asian Clubs Ranking) are technical in nature, as they only show the position of a league or club from the perspective of international cups, such as the Champions League. If you want to find a more accurate ranking in terms of actual football soccer strength and quality, you need to look at the KA Football Leagues Global Rating or the KA Football Club Global Rating

What makes global rankings different from continental rankings is the consideration of more factors. 

A global league rating takes into account, in addition to the performance of clubs in international competitions, the level of attractiveness and reputation as measured by the number of players from a given league appearing in top national teams (AIF). In addition, we take into account a country’s overall football soccer reputation, as measured by national team historical results and the most prestigious individual football soccer awards (NFRI).

The global club ranking shows the difference from the continental ranking to an even greater extent. The global club ranking takes into account a club’s position in domestic league competitions in conjunction with the global league rating. This means that clubs that play in highly ranked leagues but rarely participate in continental competitions can also appear in the global club ranking, sometimes in decent places.
ELO AFC – International Matches Leagues & Clubs Performance Rankings
Each club receives points for match results according to the ELO method scheme.

The points are determined based on the relative strength of the two opponents, resulting in the expected score factor being calculated first. Then using factors related to the completed match: the match importance factor, the score factor and the goal difference factor, a point value is determined, which decreases or increases the base value.

Each of the continental rankings covers international matches arranged or recognized by FIFA or the continental federation. For Asia, this includes the Champions League, AFC Cup as well as the FIFA Club World Cup, and possibly also other Asian or inter-continental competitions, like: the Arab Club Champions Cup, SAFF Club Championship, J.League Cup / Copa Sudamericana Championship or Lusail Super Cup, if they appear on the calendar during the season.
The ELO method involves adding or subtracting points from a base value. This causes, when using the traditional ELO method, that if a club does not play matches then its ranking value remains constant – which distorts the real evaluation of the club. Therefore, ELO rankings in the KA system we additionally use a depreciation algorithm. It consists, in short, in the fact that the point value of a club not playing matches is gradually reduced. As a result, such a club after some time acquires a zero or negative value and drops out of the ranking. This can also translate into the national league and, as a result, the league can also get a zero or negative value. This is why some countries are not shown in the league table. This is due, among other things, to the fact that their point value is negative.
Multinational Leagues
Some countries have more than one flag displayed (on desktop screens: the small one in the corner of the bigger). This means that clubs from other countries can participate in the league systems of these countries, although only those countries where foreign clubs are usually present in the first or second division are marked in this way.
Australia / New Zealand
New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix competes in the Australian A-League.
Singapore / Japan
Albirex Niigata Singapore FC is a football club which compete in Singapore Premier League. The club is a satellite team of Albirex Niigata of Japan.
Previously I-League was the highest tier league in the Indian football system. The new Indian Super League (ISL), franchise-based league was officially launched on 21 October 2013. Initially AFC was recognising the ISL as a tournament, not a league. The ISL has been granted official recognition by the AFC in 2017, that was meaning there were two collateral top divisions in India from 2017/18. India clubs agreed to work together on league roadmap, according to it, among others, since season 2019-20, the ISL will attain the status of premiere league competition in Indian football and not later then season 2024-25, it will be implemented of a fully promotion and relegation system into the top league, and there will be an abolition of two parallel leagues. Indian Super League become the sole top-tier league in the country from 2022–23 season. I-League has lost the top-tier status, although the champion of the I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee. The first season of ISL with the new status has started to be played from 7 October 2022 and scheduled to end in March 2023.
Palestine is a member of FIFA & AFC. Due to political reason the football division system is parted into two: the West Bank league system, with the West Bank Premier League, as the top division, and the Gaza Strip system, with the Gaza Strip Premier League as of the highest level division on this territory.
the Ranking Points, RPS and IC3
Ranking points (ELO points) are calculated according to the ELO method. In terms of leagues, these points are derived from the values obtained by clubs.

The tables also show values labeled RPS and IC3.

RPS (Relative Point Score) is a value that results from the fact that the ELO points obtained in a ranking are converted according to the same formula used throughout the KA system, which allows values from different continental rankings to be compared and combined to determine global rankings.

IC3 (Inter-Continental Club Coefficient) is an indicator dedicated only for clubs and it is based on the continental ranking points, taking into account the index of the continent (Power Index Federation), as well as AIF value. It is very important indicator for the KA Football Club Global Rating.

Leagues Ranking ↑

the KA Club Ranking

1Q 2023 Performance ranking of Asian clubs in international matches – ELO method

March 15, 2023
1Ulsan HyundaiKOR 🇰🇷

KOR62,8741,575AFC East Asian
2Jeonbuk Hyundai MotorsKOR 🇰🇷

KOR54,5231,368AFC East Asian
3Al-Hilal Saudi FCKSA 🇸🇦

KSA54,4241,368AFC West Asian
4Kawasaki FrontaleJPN 🇯🇵

JPN39,7980,997AFC East Asian
5Al-DuhailQAT 🇶🇦

QAT35,8060,900+1AFC West Asian
6PersepolisIRN 🇮🇷

IRN33,9550,851-1AFC Central Asian
7Al-SaddQAT 🇶🇦

QAT32,2420,815+1AFC West Asian
8Al-Nassr Saudi FCKSA 🇸🇦

KSA30,0770,755-1AFC West Asian
9Urawa Red DiamondsJPN 🇯🇵

JPN27,8520,698+1AFC East Asian
10Daegu FCKOR 🇰🇷

KOR27,1870,681+1AFC East Asian
11IstiklolTJK 🇹🇯

TJK26,4050,661+2AFC Central Asian
12EsteghlalIRN 🇮🇷

IRN25,9020,649-3AFC Central Asian
13Johor Darul Ta'zimMAS 🇲🇾

MAS23,5060,589+4AFC Southeast Asian
14Al-RayyanQAT 🇶🇦

QAT23,3920,586+2AFC West Asian
15Al-Ahli Saudi FCKSA 🇸🇦

KSA23,1850,581-3AFC West Asian
16Nasaf QarshiUZB 🇺🇿

UZB22,7510,570-1AFC Central Asian
17GuangzhouCHN 🇨🇳

CHN22,1810,556+1AFC East Asian
18Al Wahda Abu DhabiUAE 🇦🇪

UAE21,9790,551-4AFC West Asian
19Bangkok GlassTHA 🇹🇭

THA21,6580,543AFC Southeast Asian
20PakhtakorUZB 🇺🇿

UZB20,3180,509+2AFC Central Asian
21Sharjah FCUAE 🇦🇪

UAE19,2940,483+2AFC West Asian
22Vissel KobeJPN 🇯🇵

JPN18,6230,467+3AFC East Asian
23Pohang SteelersKOR 🇰🇷

KOR18,5060,464-3AFC East Asian
24Shanghai PortCHN 🇨🇳

CHN18,3650,460-3AFC East Asian
25Yokohama F. MarinosJPN 🇯🇵

JPN18,1700,455+1AFC East Asian
26KitcheeHKG 🇭🇰

HKG17,8560,447+1AFC East Asian
27Al-WehdatJOR 🇯🇴

JOR16,7490,420+2AFC West Asian
28Cerezo OsakaJPN 🇯🇵

JPN16,3550,410-4AFC East Asian
29Al-Shabab RiyadhKSA 🇸🇦

KSA16,3240,412+4AFC West Asian
30Shabab Al-Ahli DubaiUAE 🇦🇪

UAE15,7550,410+1AFC West Asian
31Al-AhedLIB 🇱🇧

LIB15,2880,410-3AFC West Asian
32Al-TaawounKSA 🇸🇦

KSA14,8400,410+2AFC West Asian
33Al-KuwaitKUW 🇰🇼

KUW14,3530,410+4AFC West Asian
34Kashima AntlersJPN 🇯🇵

JPN14,1340,410-4AFC East Asian
35Sydney FCAUS 🇦🇺

AUS13,7560,410+4Australia and Oceania
36Al-FaisalyKSA 🇸🇦

KSA13,6940,410-1AFC West Asian
37Lion City SailorsSIN 🇸🇬

SIN13,6740,410+3AFC Southeast Asian
38United City F.C.PHI 🇵🇭

PHI13,6190,410+3AFC Southeast Asian
39Melbourne CityAUS 🇦🇺

AUS13,4460,410+3Australia and Oceania
40Nagoya GrampusJPN 🇯🇵

JPN13,2220,410-8AFC East Asian
41Beijing GuoanCHN 🇨🇳

CHN12,9190,410-5AFC East Asian
42Suwon Samsung BluewingsKOR 🇰🇷

KOR12,1510,410-4AFC East Asian
43Jeonnam DragonsKOR 🇰🇷

KOR12,1470,410+3AFC East Asian
44Altyn AsyrTKM 🇹🇲

TKM11,8910,410-1AFC Central Asian
45FooladIRN 🇮🇷

IRN11,6140,410+11AFC Central Asian
46Chiangrai UnitedTHA 🇹🇭

THA11,2320,410+2AFC Southeast Asian
47SepahanIRN 🇮🇷

IRN11,1320,410+2AFC Central Asian
48Zob AhanIRN 🇮🇷

IRN10,8190,410-4AFC Central Asian
49Al AinUAE 🇦🇪

UAE10,7880,410-4AFC West Asian
50Melbourne VictoryAUS 🇦🇺

AUS10,5700,410-3Australia and Oceania
51Tampines RoversSIN 🇸🇬

SIN10,1550,410-1AFC Southeast Asian
52TractorIRN 🇮🇷

IRN9,4700,410-1AFC Central Asian
53Al-Jazeera AmmanJOR 🇯🇴

JOR8,7900,410-1AFC West Asian
54April 25PRK 🇰🇵

PRK8,6430,410-1AFC East Asian
55Al-Jaish DamascusSYR 🇸🇾

SYR8,6110,410-1AFC West Asian
56KayaPHI 🇵🇭

PHI8,5560,410+3AFC Southeast Asian
57Al-Quwa Al-JawiyaIRQ 🇮🇶

IRQ8,5350,410+4AFC West Asian
58Port F.C.THA 🇹🇭

THA8,2400,410-3AFC Southeast Asian
59Buriram UnitedTHA 🇹🇭

THA8,0210,410-2AFC Southeast Asian
60Gamba OsakaJPN 🇯🇵

JPN7,9250,410-2AFC East Asian
61AhalTKM 🇹🇲

TKM7,7990,410+4AFC Central Asian
62Hoàng Anh Gia LaiVIE 🇻🇳

VIE7,7400,410+4AFC Southeast Asian
63PSM MakassarIDN 🇮🇩

IDN7,6410,410+1AFC Southeast Asian
64Bashundhara KingsBAN 🇧🇩

BAN7,6110,410-2AFC South Asian
65Yangon UnitedMYA 🇲🇲

MYA7,4450,410-5AFC Southeast Asian
66DhofarOMA 🇴🇲

OMA7,0460,410+1AFC West Asian
67Al-Zawra'aIRQ 🇮🇶

IRQ6,9700,410-4AFC West Asian
68ViettelVIE 🇻🇳

VIE6,4570,410+1AFC Southeast Asian
69Al-JaziraUAE 🇦🇪

UAE5,9020,410+3AFC West Asian
70Al-SeebOMA 🇴🇲

OMA5,4540,410+1AFC West Asian
71Sanfrecce HiroshimaJPN 🇯🇵

JPN5,4430,410-3AFC East Asian
72Al-GharafaQAT 🇶🇦

QAT5,1760,410+7AFC West Asian
73Sogdiana JizzakhUZB 🇺🇿

UZB4,7190,410+8AFC Central Asian
74Mumbai CityIND 🇮🇳

IND4,6940,410+8AFC South Asian
75Shandong Luneng TaishanCHN 🇨🇳

CHN4,6500,410+8AFC East Asian
76Al-IttihadKSA 🇸🇦

KSA4,2800,412-6AFC West Asian
77ATK Mohun Bagan FCIND 🇮🇳

IND4,1680,410+9AFC South Asian
78Kuala Lumpur CityMAS 🇲🇾

MAS4,0500,410+9AFC Southeast Asian
79Bengaluru FCIND 🇮🇳

IND3,8830,410-6AFC South Asian
80Al-MuharraqBHR 🇧🇭

BHR3,7800,410AFC West Asian
81Lee Man FCHKG 🇭🇰

HKG3,7020,410+3AFC East Asian
82Lokomotiv TashkentUZB 🇺🇿

UZB3,4560,410-8AFC Central Asian
83Al-Faisaly AmmanJOR 🇯🇴

JOR3,4550,410-8AFC West Asian
84Al-QadsiaKUW 🇰🇼

KUW3,3520,410-8AFC West Asian
85FC TokyoJPN 🇯🇵

JPN3,2260,410-8AFC East Asian
86Shanghai ShenhuaCHN 🇨🇳

CHN3,2130,410-8AFC East Asian
87Dhaka AbahaniBAN 🇧🇩

BAN3,1670,410-2AFC South Asian
88Al-AnsarLIB 🇱🇧

LIB2,8060,410+1AFC West Asian
89Bali UnitedIDN 🇮🇩

IDN2,5990,410+1AFC Southeast Asian
90KhujandTJK 🇹🇯

TJK2,5740,410+1AFC Central Asian
91Al-RiffaBHR 🇧🇭

BHR2,0520,410+6AFC West Asian
92Fahman AbyanYEM 🇾🇪

YEM2,0230,410+65AFC West Asian
93Kedah Darul AmanMAS 🇲🇾

MAS1,8540,410+2AFC Southeast Asian
94Persija JakartaIDN 🇮🇩

IDN1,6510,410-6AFC Southeast Asian
95EasternHKG 🇭🇰

HKG1,5180,410+1AFC East Asian
96DordoiKGZ 🇰🇬

KGZ1,4930,410-2AFC Central Asian
97MaziyaMDV 🇲🇻

MDV1,2930,410+1AFC South Asian
98Al-ShortaIRQ 🇮🇶

IRQ1,2550,410-6AFC West Asian
99Al-Arabi SC KuwaitKUW 🇰🇼

KUW1,0540,410+9AFC West Asian
100Hilal Al-QudsPLE 🇵🇸

PLE0,9980,410+6AFC West Asian
101Hà Nội F.C.VIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,9550,410-8AFC Southeast Asian
102Shabab Al-OrdonJOR 🇯🇴

JOR0,8570,410+55AFC West Asian
103East RiffaBHR 🇧🇭

BHR0,7610,410+9AFC West Asian
104Hougang UnitedSIN 🇸🇬

SIN0,7380,410+5AFC Southeast Asian
105TishreenSYR 🇸🇾

SYR0,5250,410+9AFC West Asian
106VisakhaCAM 🇰🇭

CAM0,5110,410+9AFC Southeast Asian
107Gyeongnam FC KOR 🇰🇷

KOR0,4090,410-8AFC East Asian
108Jableh SCSYR 🇸🇾

SYR0,3850,410+11AFC West Asian
109MalkiyaBHR 🇧🇭

BHR0,3220,410-9AFC West Asian
110Ratchaburi Mitr PholTHA 🇹🇭

THA0,3210,410-9AFC Southeast Asian

UZB0,3120,410-9AFC Central Asian
112CSKA Pamir DushanbeTJK 🇹🇯

TJK0,3080,410+14AFC Central Asian
113Becamex Bình DươngVIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,2920,410-9AFC Southeast Asian
114NejmehLIB 🇱🇧

LIB0,2890,410+13AFC West Asian
115Ho Chi Minh City FCVIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,2810,410-10AFC Southeast Asian
116Gokulam KeralaIND 🇮🇳

IND0,2360,410+15AFC South Asian
117Köpetdag AşgabatTKM 🇹🇲

TKM0,2300,410+8AFC Central Asian
118Phnom Penh CrownCAM 🇰🇭

CAM0,2040,410+15AFC Southeast Asian
119FC SeoulKOR 🇰🇷

KOR0,2010,410-12AFC East Asian
120Al-Salt SCJOR 🇯🇴

JOR0,1320,410-10AFC West Asian
121Al-Wasl F.C.UAE 🇦🇪

UAE0,1200,410-10AFC West Asian
122ManamaBHR 🇧🇭

BHR0,1070,410-19AFC West Asian
123Chennaiyin FCIND 🇮🇳

IND0,0890,410-10AFC South Asian
124Kashiwa ReysolJPN 🇯🇵

JPN0,0670,410-8AFC East Asian
125Shan UnitedMYA 🇲🇲

MYA0,0650,410-8AFC Southeast Asian
126Tai PoHKG 🇭🇰

HKG0,0400,410-8AFC East Asian
127Jeju UnitedKOR 🇰🇷

KOR0,0370,410-7AFC East Asian
128New RadiantMDV 🇲🇻

MDV0,0350,410-7AFC South Asian
129Sông Lam Nghệ AnVIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,0330,410-7AFC Southeast Asian
130Al-Wahda DamascusSYR 🇸🇾

SYR0,0320,410-7AFC West Asian
131Benfica de MacauMAC 🇲🇴

MAC0,0310,410-7AFC East Asian
132Club Valencia MaléMDV 🇲🇻

MDV0,0280,410+13AFC South Asian
133Than Quảng NinhVIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,0170,410-5AFC Southeast Asian
134GlobalPHI 🇵🇭

PHI0,0150,410-5AFC Southeast Asian
135Al-WathbaSYR 🇸🇾

SYR0,0130,410-5AFC West Asian
136Changchun YataiCHN 🇨🇳

CHN0,0090,410-4AFC East Asian
137FC GoaIND 🇮🇳

IND0,0080,410-3AFC South Asian
138Chennai CityIND 🇮🇳

IND0,0070,410-3AFC South Asian
139FC NeftchiKGZ 🇰🇬

KGZ0,0070,410+13AFC Central Asian
140BaniyasUAE 🇦🇪

UAE0,0060,410-4AFC West Asian
141FLC Thanh HóaVIE 🇻🇳

VIE0,0030,410-4AFC Southeast Asian
142Shahr KhodroIRN 🇮🇷

IRN0,0020,410-4AFC Central Asian
143Minerva PunjabIND 🇮🇳

IND0,0010,410-2AFC South Asian
144Al-Najma Sports ClubBHR 🇧🇭

BHR0,0010,410-4AFC West Asian
145Boeung Ket AngkorCAM 🇰🇭

CAM0,0010,410-6AFC Southeast Asian

*Australia & Oceania Region includes clubs from both AFC and OFC. When you select the Australia & Oceania Region from the drop-down list of regions in the table above, you will potentially see only clubs from AFC countries and territories: Australia, West Papua (Indonesia), Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. If you want to compare all clubs from Australia & Oceania by their performance in international matches activate one of the links below.

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