Not unlike the UEFA coefficient, the AFC Club Competitions Rankings place all the Asian countries in a table, which is then used to classify participants in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup. The latest batch of rankings is out with China PR leapfrogging Qatar into first place.
China PR are currently the number one football association in Asia, as per the latest AFC Club Competitions rankings. The East Asian nation pips Qatar to the top spot, who had occupied the same since last year.
Korea Republic and IR Iran are third and fourth on the table, respectively, with Japan completing the top five. Meanwhile, the only Southeast Asian team in the top ten is Thailand, who retain the eigth spot on the table.
Not far from Thailand are Philippines, who are twelfth in the latest batch of the rankings. The ASEAN side were seventeenth until February 22 and are now up by five places.
Meanwhile, there is a minor disappointment for Malaysia and Vietnam, as both fall down on the table. Malaysia, who were previously thirteenth are now seventeenth. On the other hand, Vietnam are now twenty-second, one place worse off than before.
Singapore have finally broken into the top twenty and are currently sixteenth. Myanmar lie ten places below their ASEAN rivals in twenty-fifth while Indonesia are twenty-sixth.