The official slogan of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) is "The Future is Asia," and the AFC intends to further promote football in Asia in the next years. Football is Japan's second most popular sport, and the country presently ranks 26th in the men's FIFA global rankings. In addition, women's football is becoming more popular in Asia, with Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia being some of the countries that play the game.
In 2001, the year when Asian football was awarded its own confederation, it had 231 million people, which made it the world's 11th largest sport. By 2050, according'the International Federation of Sports Analytics (IFSA), the number of people participating in sports will have increased by 100% to 5 billion. Thus, football will be among the most popular sports in the world.
Currently, the most popular sports in Asia are cricket, basketball, tennis, and field hockey. However, football is growing at a rapid rate. By 2050, it is estimated to be the most popular sport in Asia, surpassing cricket.
There are many factors which have helped football become so popular in Asia. The game is cheap to play and watch, it can be played by anyone of any age or skill level, and it does not require much equipment. Also, there is much media coverage of European leagues, which makes them attractive to Asians who want to see top-class football.
Football is becoming increasingly popular in Asia, and it is the most popular sport in several Asian nations, including Iran. According to FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), the first version of football (soccer) was played in China millennia ago. The game then spread throughout Asia via colonialism.
Modern-day Korea and Japan are among the oldest continuing football traditions, having first introduced the game to their countries around the time those nations began formulating their own versions of modern soccer. The English game of football was originally known as "kickball" because players used to kick a leather ball back and forth between them while standing up. This is why you will often see references to "futbol" in Latin American newspapers: Soccer is called futbol there.
The term "football" came from the early forms of the game, which were mainly played on foot with an oval ball made of sheep's or calf's skin. These early versions of football did not have any rules except for basic common sense ones (such as don't go into the middle of the field). As the game evolved, laws were put in place to make it more enjoyable to watch and this is how we have the game today. There are two types of rules that can be applied at any level of play: Laws that govern the actual action of the game and regulations that control some aspect of tournament play.
The Asian Games are frequently referred to as the "Asianad." This is Asia's largest athletic event. The Asian Games, which represent Asian countries' mutual equality and solidarity, are an international sporting event held every four years by members of the Asian Games Federation. This tournament is only open to Asian participants.
Since 1951, the Asian Games Federation's motto has been "Ever ahead." Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, gave it this slogan. The Asian Games 2014 are being held in Incheon, South Korea, under the theme "Diversity shines here."
In practically every Asian country, association football (commonly known as soccer) is the most popular sport. It is played by two teams of eleven players on a field divided into an offensive zone and a defensive zone. The team that scores more goals than their opponent wins the match.
Asia is very diverse in terms of culture and language, so it's not surprising that sports are varied as well. Football is widely accepted in Asia as a means to an end rather than a game in itself. Many Asian countries have multiple league titles to their names but when it comes to the World Cup some of them aren't even represented. Japan has never won nor been near the final stage of the World Cup, while South Korea was eliminated at the group stage in 2014.
The history of football in Asia goes back more than 100 years. The first international match was played in 1904 between England and France. Both nations used a variant of rugby union as its official sport at the time, but both agreed to change their national games to accommodate the visiting French players who were experienced at playing association football. From then on, both countries developed different styles of football which led to many controversies about the identity of the true inventor of the game.
Many people believe that American football is only popular in North America, but the sport has grown in popularity in the Asian market over the last decade, with more and more countries establishing their own American football leagues, including an international tournament, the Asia-Pacific Football League.
In 2007, the first ever World Bowl, an international football game played between two American football teams, was held in Hong Kong. The World Bowl champions are to represent Asia at the 2008 Olympics under the Olympic flag. In addition, several other international games have been planned for 2009.
American football was originally developed in the United States, but it is now played worldwide, with many countries having national football associations. There are even some foreign players who have become famous after joining NFL teams, such as German quarterback Tim Tebow and Indian player Lalrindika Rangda.
However, because of the difficulty of learning the game and its rules, most Asians who play American football do so as a pastime rather than as professional athletes.
According to sports marketing company Nielsen Sports, about 100 million people around the world play American football, making it the largest sport in the world by number of participants.