May 18, 2021

When is the AFF Suzuki Cup (AFF Championship) draw?

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The AFF Suzuki Cup is expected to take place as scheduled later this year, but what other information do we know about this year’s competition?

Despite optimistic plans that had been voiced in the past months, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) on Thursday, July 30, announced that the 2020 AFF Championship, or the AFF Suzuki Cup, will not be held this year after all.

Around two months earlier, the Vietnamese FA voiced its willingness to host the 2020 edition from start to finish, due to the fact that Covid-19’s impact on the country had been less severe than what had been faced by the other countries in the region. When domestic football returned in Vietnam, matches did not have to be held behind closer doors.

However, earlier this week, new cases surfaced in several regions of the country, and the Vietnamese league had to undergo another suspension. 

Goal brings you everything that is known about the next edition of the AFF Championship, as well as the format of the competition.

Contents

  1. When is the AFF Suzuki Cup draw?
  2. Where will the AFF Suzuki Cup draw take place and how can I watch it?
  3. Which teams will play at the AFF Suzuki Cup?
  4. When and where will the AFF Suzuki Cup take place ?
  5. Who won the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2018?
  6. Who has won the most AFF Suzuki Cup titles?
  7. What are the rule changes?

When is the AFF Suzuki Cup (AFF Championship) draw?

No update has been given regarding the draw of the tournament.

Where will the AFF Suzuki Cup draw take place and how can I watch it?

The AFF has not announced the venue and time of the draw.

Which teams will play at the AFF Suzuki Cup?

Nine teams will automatically qualify for the finals, while the tenth spot will go to the qualification play-off winner between the two lowest ranked AFF teams; Brunei and East Timor.

Australia, who is also an AFF nation, at least nominally, is expected to be absent again from the competition, although there has been renewed interest in taking part in the competition due to the success of the 2018 edition’s format change.

  • Vietnam (defending champions)
  • Malaysia (2018 runners up)
  • Philippines (2018 semi-finalist)
  • Thailand (2018 semi-finalist)
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Timor-Leste or Brunei

Timor-Leste vs Philippines in the 2018 edition. Photo from AFF/Lagardere

When and where will the AFF Suzuki Cup take place?

Despite Vietnam’s earlier optimism in hosting the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup, considering that they are the defending champions, the emergence of new Covid-19 cases in the country has put paid to their plans. The AFF has yet to announce the host of the 2021 competition.

My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi. Photo from Getty

Who won the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2018?

The most recent edition was won by Vietnam under their talismanic South Korean head coach Park Hang-seo, for their second AFF Suzuki Cup title. The two legged-final was first played in Kuala Lumpur, with the visitors racing to a 2-0 lead before the hosts clawed their way back into the game to tie it 2-2. The second leg in Hanoi was an anti-climactic affair, a sixth-minute goal by Nguyễn Anh Đức sealing the win for Vietnam.

Who has won the most AFF Suzuki Cup titles?

Only four countries have won the championship since it was first contested in 1996; Thailand are the most successful side with five wins, while Malaysia have won it once. Singapore have won it four times, emerging the winner everytime they were in the final match. Indonesia meanwhile are the perennial bridesmaids, having reached the final five times without ever winning it.

Team Title Second place
Thailand 5 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016) 3 (2007, 2008, 2012)
Singapore 4 (1998, 2004/05, 2007, 2012)
Vietnam 2 (2008, 2018) 1 (1998)
Malaysia 1 (2010) 3 (1996, 2014, 2018)
Indonesia 5 (2000, 2002, 2004/05, 2010, 2016)

Thailand winning the 2014 edition. Photo by Thana Wongmanee / Goal Thailand

What are the rule changes?

In June, the AFF council announced the approval of several rule changes to the competition in preparation for the 2020 edition, in line with the post-Covid 19 changes approved by FIFA earlier this year. Teams would have been allowed to list 70 players on their provisional squad, as compared to 50 previously. The competition squad had also been increased to 30 from 23, while the matchday squad would have included up to 23 players, three more players than before.

But with the postponement of the 2020 competition, it is unknown whether the rule changes will still be applicable when the tournament is eventually held next year.

Keep updated on the latest 2021 AFF Suzuki Cup news on Goal!

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