The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) regulates football throughout Asia. The AFC is one of six FIFA Confederations and members are permitted to enter contention for World Cup qualification. The AFC currently has 47 members but not limited to those in continental Asia. Some countries on the fringes of Asia are actually part of UEFA, and Australia defected from the Oceania region to join the AFC.
In many Asian countries the most popular sport is football, locally referred to as soccer. But football in Asia is not as well developed as in other confederations, including that of Africa. An Asian national team first qualified for the World Cup in 1938, that was Indonesia and to date remains their only appearances at the world’s most prestigious football tournament.
2002 was the pinnacle of success so far in World Cup history for the AFC. South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup, Japan reached the Round of 16, and South Korea wowed the world with a 4th place finish. Going into the tournament they had never even won a World Cup game, and being knocked out in the semi-finals by Germany losing 0-1 was almost as good as winning first place.
Currently the AFC is allotted 4 places in the final 32 for World Cup competition. These have been primarily dominated by South Korea and Japan since 1998, with relatively frequent appearances from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Japan is also a strong contender in the women’s game securing 1st place in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and 2nd at the 2015 incarnation of the tournament.
Support for Asian football teams around the globe is limited, but interest is growing. We stock football shirts for several AFC national teams, and aim to add more choice in the future.
We are supplied directly by the manufacturer, and if you are interested in ordering football shirts from us you can be guaranteed that you are shopping for official jerseys.
We offer worldwide delivery options, so if you are looking for the football shirt for national teams based in the Asia region take a look around our online store today. Remember we also stock shirts and accessories for national and club teams from around the globe so make Soccer Box your number one shopping destination for all your official football merchandise.