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Determining Asia's Best
Asia's biggest soccer tournament starts today
Today, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) begins one of the world's foremost soccer tournaments. In the AFC Asian Cup, Asia's top 16 national teams will contend to be the region's best.
How it all got started
The AFC organizes the Asian Cup every four years. Stretching from Australia to Lebanon, this confederation is the most wide-reaching of FIFA's six confederations.
The AFC began in 1954 with 12 participating nations. As soccer, called football in most countries, grew in popularity throughout Asia, so did the confederation. Today, the AFC claims 46 member nations representing over half the world's population!
AFC tournaments started in Hong Kong in 1956 with Korea Republic winning the first two. In the 1960s, victories shifted to the Middle East where they stayed until the 1990s. Japan brought triumph back to the Far East in 1992, winning three of the next four championships. Who will win this year's Asian Cup? The next 32 games will answer that.