Football’s popularity in Asia has skyrocketed in recent years. Many countries on the continent are establishing football leagues with the goal of improving the standard of football played by the national team.

Having a football season every year ensures that the quality of the game increases. England, Germany, France, and Spain have some of the finest teams in Europe and they are home to the best football leagues in the world.

Football is the most popular sport in the world and that boom accelerated in Asia when Japan and South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

While the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will only serve to expand the game’s popularity across the continent.

Football had always been present in Asia, but it has become considerably more so, since the twenty-first century. Due to the fact that the continent has hosted several international quality football events and the leagues have started to find their footings.

Having a football league does actually help in improving the country’s game.

India used to rank 173rd in the FIFA rankings four years ago, its lowest rank ever but currently India stands at 103rd. India’s attendance for domestic matches has doubled over the last few years. All of this is a product of the Indian Super League.

This story has been evident in almost all the countries, so let’s take a look at some of the best football leagues around the continent.

Pro League – United Arab Emirates

The Arabian Gulf Competition, often known as the United Arab Emirates Division 1, is the top professional football league in the UAE (UAE).

Al-Ain has won the league 13 times in a row. The league has a promotion and relegation system.

K-League – South Korea

Based on the performance of South Korean teams, the South Korean K-League is one of the strongest leagues in Asia.

The league is contested by twelve clubs.

South Korea’s Son Heung-min plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. This further proves that South Korea is at the top of the football pile in Asia.

Super League – China

The Ping An Chinese Super League, as it is officially known, has become the new home for footballers all around the world.

The list of foreign-based players is dominated by top players from Brazil, Europe, and Africa, resulting in China’s rising ranking coefficient.

Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua, and Beijing FC are among the top Chinese clubs.

Pro League – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabia Professional Football League is regarded as one of the best on the African continent.

The league has produced some of the best teams in the continent’s history, with several of them representing the continent in the FIFA Club World Cup.

With three Champions League wins and 16 league titles, Al-Hilal remains the most successful team in the country.

Japan J-League 1

The Japanese professional football league is known as the J1 League. It is one of the Asian continent’s most successful leagues.

The league is presently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and is hence formally known as the Meiji Yasuda J1 League.

Kashima Antlers is Japan’s most successful club. They have represented Japan and Asia in the FIFA Club World Cup, reaching the semi-finals.