FootyRankings’ Asian Club Ranking is the ranking system we created to rank football clubs in Asia. The rankings is based on clubs performance in AFC club competitions during the last four years. Only clubs participated in the competition’s group stage will be rewarded points. The ranking system itself is adapted from CONMEBOL club ranking system. We made several changes so it better suited to condition in AFC.

The Point System

There are different point system for AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, to match the nature of each competition.

This is the point system for clubs in AFC Champions League:

  1. Each win is rewarded 80 points
  2. Each draw is rewarded 40 points
  3. 100 points for group stage participation
  4. 100 points for round of 16 participation
  5. 200 points for quarter-finals participation
  6. 300 points for semi-finals participation
  7. 500 points if finished as runner-up
  8. 1000 points if finished as champions

This is the point system for clubs in AFC Cup:

  1. Each win in group stage is rewarded 80 points
  2. Each draw in group stage is rewarded 40 points
  3. 100 points for group stage participation
  4. Each win in knockout stage:
    • 128 points for clubs from West zone
    • 70 points for clubs from ASEAN zone
    • 128 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are one group in the zone
    • 90 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are two groups in the zone
  5. Each draw in knockout stage:
    • 64 points for clubs from West zone
    • 35 points for clubs from ASEAN zone
    • 64 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are one group in the zone
    • 45 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are two groups in the zone
  6. Zonal semi-finals participation:
    • 300 points for clubs from West zone
    • 100 points for clubs from ASEAN zone
  7. Zonal finals participation:
    • 300 points for clubs from West zone
    • 100 points for clubs from other zones
  8. Inter-zone semi-finals participation:
    • 300 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are one group in the zone
    • 200 points for clubs from Central, South, and East zone if there are two groups in the zone
    • 100 points for clubs from ASEAN zone
  9. 300 points for inter-zone finals participation
  10. 500 points if finished as runner-up
  11. 1000 points if finished as champions

Teams from different zones, have different rewards in each round to ensure that all clubs have same maximum points regardless of their zone.

For example, club A won the AFC Champions League with winning 10 and drawing 2 matches. Club A’s points for the season will be consisted of:

  • Win : 10 x 80 points = 800 points
  • Draw : 2 x 40 points = 80 points
  • Group stage participation : 100 points
  • Round of 16 participation : 100 points
  • Quarter-finals participation : 200 points
  • Semi-finals participation : 300 points
  • Champions : 1000 points

So the total points for club A is 800+80+100+100+200+300+1000 = 2580 points

The Rankings Table

The rankings table included all clubs that participated in the group stage of ACL and AFC Cup in the last four seasons. Only results from AFC club competitions were taken into account, no historical or domestic results were considered. If a club participates in both ACL and AFC Cup in the last four seasons, only their results in ACL is considered in the rankings.

The points collected in each season will have proportional value to the rankings. The most recent season will have 100% of its points, and it decreases 10% until the fourth season.

For example, club A have accumulated points from 2017 to 2020 season:

  • 2020 season : 100 points
  • 2019 season : 1000 points
  • 2018 season : 500 points
  • 2017 season : 400 points

Then the final points for club A in 2020 rankings will be:

  • (100% x 100) + (90% x 1000) + (80% x 500) + (70% x 400) = 1680

After calculating points for all clubs, the clubs is ordered by points and the competition they participate. ACL clubs will be listed first, followed by AFC Cup clubs.

Exceptions

  1. For the 2020 season, all teams participating in AFC Cup group stage are given 100 points. Considering that the competition ended prematurely, no match points are given for all teams.
  2. For the 2021 season, teams from ASEAN zone will play less matches in AFC Cup knockout stage. So each win will worth 90 points, and 45 points for draw in knockout stage.