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🇸🇦

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

33,4761086,681-1Asia-Pacific
3JapanJPN🇯🇵

world leagues ranking

27,136880,882-1Asia-Pacific
4QatarQAT🇶🇦

world leagues ranking

25,232819,074AFC Middle East
5IranIRN🇮🇷

world leagues ranking

20,624669,495AFC Middle East
6UAEUAE🇦🇪

world leagues ranking

13,779447,297+1AFC Middle East
7ChinaCHN🇨🇳

world leagues ranking

13,715445,216-1Asia-Pacific
8ThailandTHA🇹🇭

world leagues ranking

12,013389,969+1Asia-Pacific
9UzbekistanUZB🇺🇿

world leagues ranking

11,528374,228-1AFC Middle East
10MalaysiaMAS🇲🇾

world leagues ranking

9,837319,3213+3Asia-Pacific
11AustraliaAUS🇦🇺🇳🇿

world leagues ranking

9,803318,2211Asia-Pacific
12TajikistanTJK🇹🇯

world leagues ranking

8,443274,0712AFC Middle East
13PhilippinesPHI🇵🇭

world leagues ranking

7,639247,9714+1Asia-Pacific
14JordaniaJOR🇯🇴

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

7,433241,2920+5Asia-Pacific
16TurkmenistanTKM🇹🇲

world leagues ranking

6,858222,6218+2AFC Middle East
17KuwaitKUW🇰🇼

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

6,664216,3216-2Asia-Pacific
19LebanonLIB🇱🇧

world leagues ranking

6,328205,4215-4AFC Middle East
20IraqIRQ🇮🇶

world leagues ranking

5,826189,1219-1AFC Middle East
21OmanOMA🇴🇲

world leagues ranking

5,303172,1421AFC Middle East
22BangladeshBAN🇧🇩

world leagues ranking

4,567148,2522Asia-Pacific
23IndonesiaIDN🇮🇩

world leagues ranking

4,094132,9023Asia-Pacific
24Korea DPRPRK🇰🇵

world leagues ranking

3,662118,8724Asia-Pacific
25MyanmarMYA🇲🇲

world leagues ranking

3,182103,2925Asia-Pacific
26VietnamVIE🇻🇳

world leagues ranking

2,94495,5726Asia-Pacific
27SyriaSYR🇸🇾

world leagues ranking

2,39977,8828+1AFC Middle East
28IndiaIND🇮🇳

world leagues ranking

2,26073,3627-1Asia-Pacific
29BahrainBHR🇧🇭

world leagues ranking

1,60252,0029AFC Middle East
30YemenYEM🇾🇪

world leagues ranking

1,26140,93OFFAFC Middle East
31PalestinePLE🇵🇸

world leagues ranking

0,59419,2832+1AFC Middle East
32KyrgyzstanKGZ🇰🇬

world leagues ranking

0,51616,7530-2AFC Middle East
33MaldivesMDV🇲🇻

world leagues ranking

0,46715,1631-2Asia-Pacific
34CambodiaCAM🇰🇭

world leagues ranking

0,2066,6933-1Asia-Pacific
35MacauMAC🇲🇴

world leagues ranking

0,0180,5834-1Asia-Pacific

Club Ranking ↓

Notes
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.
Depreciation
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.
India
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
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
ClubCountryCountryLeaguePtsIC3diff.Zone/Region
1Ulsan HyundaiKOR 🇰🇷

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

THA0,3210,410-9AFC Southeast Asian
111AGMKUZB 🇺🇿

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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

world leagues ranking

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