AFC logomarks to add zing to its fixtures


AFC rebrands competitions Image: The AFC

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) launched an exciting and dynamic range of brand-new logomarks and visual identities for its major national team fixtures – the AFC Asian Qualifiers, AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Asian Cup, AFC U23 Asian Cup, and the hugely popular annual club competitions – the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup – on January 4th, 2021.

The new look and feel will be prominently featured across all fan-focused touchpoints with the AFC competitions in the coming years, from the match arenas, to television broadcasts and social media channels.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is one of the six confederations within FIFA and is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. The AFC was officially formed on May 7th, 1954 in Manila, Philippines. The main headquarters is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A particular focus for the AFC will be to bring fans of Asian football, fresh and visually captivating content across all of the AFC’s official channels including its much sought-after and multilingual social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat, Toutiao, Douyin, LINE, VKontakte and Telegram, and the AFC’s website. The spirit behind the brands will also be reflected by the AFC and its commercial partners across a wide range of marketing activities planned to engage fans across the continent in the coming years.

The rebranding was managed together with the AFC’s exclusive commercial partner Football Marketing Asia (FMA) over a 15-month period and was informed by deep stakeholder collaboration and extensive consumer research across Asia. This process ultimately informed the unique character and design of the new competition brands.

Football Marketing Asia (FMA) – a super sports company – is the exclusive commercial partner of the AFC for the rights cycles 2021-2024 and 2025-2028. FMA combines unparalleled global football experience with in-depth Asian knowhow and expertise.

Taking a page out of football stadia and the colors Asia’s national teams wear proudly and take pride on, the dynamic visual arrangement for AFC national team competitions embraces the very places where Asia’s champions are crowned and fans support the continent’s best national teams and biggest soccer heroes.

To create an unmistakable connection between the competitions, the AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Asian Cup and AFC U23 Asian Cup logomarks share the same fundamental elements and now proudly feature the tournaments’ distinctive trophies.

These new logomarks will be adapted in respect of each fixture, to reflect local elements of the host Member Association.

To further bring to fore its importance and commercial value, a dedicated logomark is also introduced for the AFC Asian Qualifiers -Road to Qatar, the FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022 Qualifiers Final Round, which will begin in the second half of 2021 and determine the teams that will advance to represent their nations on the world stage.

Asia’s most iconic cities, dazzling architecture and neon-lit downtowns, as well as the vibrant lifestyle of the primarily younger, close to one billion-strong AFC Champions League supporters’ base, on the other hand, drives the premium aesthetic of the continent’s pinnacle club competition. A contemporary creative interpretation of the iconic AFC Champions League trophy combines elements from the West and East regions in a spectacular and scintillating new look.

The AFC Cup has also received a makeover, now incorporating the five colors representing the regions where the competition is played and boasting a strikingly different new visual identity.

Stated AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, “We are delighted to start the New Year with all-new AFC national team and club competition brands. The AFC strives to make its competitions even more relevant for its diverse fan base while showcasing their unique reputation as Asia’s most popular football events. I am convinced the new visual identities will resonate strongly across Asia and worldwide, and I am looking forward to the new look and feel across social media and TV broadcast.”

Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO, FMA, commented, “Today is an important day from various perspectives: Fans of Asian football can enjoy and experience the new AFC competition brands, while sponsors and broadcast partners, as well as clubs and Member Associations will start to actively use the exciting new visual identities to promote AFC competitions to their audiences. A proud moment and a major milestone as we are moving into a new era of Asian football.”

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