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ASEAN Football Federation

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Formation  31 January 1984
Membership  12 member associations
Type  Sports organisation
President  HE Sultan Ahmad Shah
ASEAN Football Federation
Headquarters  Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Region served  Southeast Asia and Australia

The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) is a smaller organisation within the greater Asian Football Confederation, and centres on Southeast Asia, founded in 1984 by the nations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. ASEAN stands for Association of South East Asian Nations, although the AFF also includes East Timor and Australia, which are not members of ASEAN.

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Other nations to join have been Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (all in 1996), East Timor in 2004, and Australia in 2013, although the latter had been considered an invited affiliate of the AFF since their move to the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, since which time they have sent youth squads to the ASEAN Youth Tournaments.

In 1996, the federation ran the first ASEAN Football Championship (known then as the Tiger Cup for sponsorship reasons).

Member associations

AFF has 12 member associations, all of whom are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

International

The AFF runs the AFF Championship (since 2008 known as the Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons) and AFF Women's Championship - both competitions are held every two years and determine the Champions of Southeast Asia.

The AFF also organises the AFF Futsal Championship, AFF Beach Soccer Championship, various age-level international youth football tournaments, the AFF U-16 Youth Championship, AFF U-19 Youth Championship, AFF U-16 Women's Championship and AFF U-19 Women's Championship.

Club

The top-ranked AFF competition is the ASEAN Super League, which is scheduled to start in the 2017 season and gathers the top 1–2 teams of each country (the number of teams depend on that country's ranking and can be upgraded or downgraded). This tournament will become the qualification tournament for the AFC Champions League.

The second-ranked AFF competition is the Mekong Club Championship, which started in the 2014 season and includes the champions from 5 of the 6 countries through which the Mekong river flows (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam).

The AFF also runs an annual Southeast Asian futsal club competition, the AFF Futsal Club Championship.

AFF Awards

As of 22 August 2015.

AFF President His Royal Highness Sultan of Pahang HE Sultan Ahmad Shah said that:

"In recent years, ASEAN football has cultivated some serious talent, and the region is growing as a football powerhouse. We are gaining traction at a global level, and the time is right to honour the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the evolution and honour of the world’s most popular sport."

HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, who is also chairman of the Awards Selection Committee, said that as football in the region continued to develop and mature, the commitment demonstrated by ASEAN’s finest needed to be acknowledged.

AFF Life Service Award : H.E. Tengku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen

ASEAN Goodwill Award : H.R.H. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar

References

ASEAN Football Federation Wikipedia


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