Arabian Gulf League remains top in AFC rankings

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The UAE league retains its position at the summit with Qatar remaining in third.

The Arabian Gulf League retained its place at the top of the Asian leagues rankings in the AFC's Club Competitions ranking for June 2017 which were released on Monday.

With Emirati powerhouse Al Ain through to the quarter-finals of this season’s AFC Champions League and the UAE national team vying to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the top three positions remain unaltered from last month, with UAE leading the way on 95.428 points, Korea Republic in second with 89.128 and Qatar occupying third spot thanks to the 82.977 points they have amassed.

There was a change further down the list however, as China PR with 80.9 points edged past Saudi Arabia (80.484) to claim fourth place, a rise brought about primarily thanks to Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG reaching the last eight of this season’s AFC Champions League.

The rankings take into account the results of clubs and national teams in official competitions. 

The next ranking in November 2017, will affect the slot allocation for the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup 2019-20.