ASEAN Football Federation

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ASEAN Football Federation
ASEANFootballFederation logo.png
AFF logo
Formation31 January 1984[1]
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersPetaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Region served
Southeast Asia and Australia
12 member associations
Maj. Gen. Khiev Sameth

The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) is a smaller organisation within the greater Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and centres on Southeast Asia, founded in 1984 by the nations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.[1] ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations, although the AFF also includes East Timor (not a member of ASEAN) and Australia (not a member of Southeast Asia or ASEAN).

Other nations to join have been Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (all in 1996),[1] East Timor in 2004, and Australia in 2013.[2]

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


ASEAN Football Federation was founded on 31 January 1984 by the meeting in Jakarta of six founding member are Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand. The idea of founding the federation came from the initial meeting of founding the sub-continential football association in Bangkok in 1982 that was attended by Hamzah Abu Samah, Peter Velappan, Hans Pandelaki, Fernando G. Alvarez, Pisit Ngampanich, Teo Chong Tee and Yap Boon Chuan.[3] The ASEAN Football Federation headquarter was located on Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.[4]

List of presidents[edit]

No. President Years
1 Indonesia H. Kardono 1984–1994
2 Thailand Vijit Ketkaew 1994–1996
3 Malaysia Tengku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen 1996–1998
4 Malaysia Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah 2007–2019
5 Cambodia Maj. Gen. Khiev Sameth 2019–2023

Member associations[edit]

AFF has 12 member associations,[5] all of whom are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

Code Association Joined in National team National league
AUS Australia Australia 2013 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
BRU Brunei Brunei (Founding member) 1984 (Men) (Men)
CAM Cambodia Cambodia 1996 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
IDN Indonesia Indonesia (Founding member) 1984 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
LAO Laos Laos 1996 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
MAS Malaysia Malaysia (Founding member) 1984 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
MYA Myanmar Myanmar 1996 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
PHI Philippines Philippines (Founding member) 1984 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
SIN Singapore Singapore (Founding member) 1984 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
THA Thailand Thailand (Founding member) 1984 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
TLS East Timor Timor-Leste 2004 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)
VIE Vietnam Vietnam 1996 (Men, Women) (Men, Women)



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–EAFF Champions Trophy (cooperate with EAFF), AFF Futsal Championship, AFF Beach Soccer Championship, various age-level international youth football tournaments, the AFF U-16 Championship, AFF U-19 Youth Championship, AFF U-16 Women's Championship and AFF U-19 Women's Championship.


The only AFF club 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.

Current title holders[edit]

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men)
AFF Championship 2018
Southeast Asian Games Men's tournament 2019
U-22 Championship 2019
U-19 Championship 2019
U-16 Championship 2019
Club Championship 2005 Singapore
Tampines Rovers
1st Malaysia
Pahang FA
National teams (Women)
Women's Championship 2019
Southeast Asian Games Women's tournament 2019
U-19 Women's Championship 2014
U-16 Girls' Championship 2019
Futsal (Men)
Futsal Championship 2019
Southeast Asian Games Futsal 2017
Futsal Club Championship 2019 Thailand
PTT Chonburi Bluewave
4th Vietnam
Sanatech Khánh Hòa
Futsal (Women)
Southeast Asian Games Futsal 2017
Women's Futsal Club Championship 2016 Indonesia
Jaya Kencana Angels
1st Thailand
Khon Kaen Futsal Club
Beach Soccer (Men)
Beach Soccer Championship 2019


Men's national football teams[edit]

Men's elo rankings[edit]

Ratings are calculated by Elo Ratings.

AFF AFC Elo Country Ratings +/−*
1 4 40  Australia 1712 Decrease 2
2 16 104  Vietnam 1408 Increase 24
3 20 116  Thailand 1358 Decrease 5
4 25 157  Malaysia 1201 Increase 18
4 28 170  Singapore 1142 Increase 11
5 29 172  Philippines 1152 Decrease 5
7 31 179  Indonesia 1118 Decrease 16
8 32 185  Myanmar 1047 Increase 1
9 37 207  Cambodia 838 Increase 1
10 42 221  Laos 690 Decrease 1
11 44 226  Timor-Leste 638 Increase 1
12 45 228  Brunei 619 Increase 1

Last updated 22 December 2019
*Rank changes are based on 3-month rank changes from

Women's national teams[edit]

AFF Awards[edit]

As of 23 September 2017.[7]

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."

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.

The AFF Awards is held every two years.

AFF Life Service Award : Indonesia H. Kardono

ASEAN Goodwill Award[edit]

Year Recipient
2013 Malaysia Sultan Ahmad Shah
2016 Myanmar Zaw Zaw

AFF Association of the Year[edit]

Year Association
2013 Myanmar Myanmar
2015 Myanmar Myanmar
2017 Vietnam Vietnam
2019 Indonesia Indonesia

AFF National Team of the Year[edit]

Year National Team (men's) National Team (women's)
2013  Singapore  Vietnam
2015  Thailand  Thailand
2017  Thailand  Thailand
2019  Vietnam  Thailand

AFF Player of the Year (Men's)[edit]

Year Name Club
2013 Singapore Shahril Ishak Singapore LionsXII
2015 Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
2017 Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin Thailand Muangthong United
2019 Vietnam Nguyễn Quang Hải Vietnam Hà Nội

AFF Player of the Year (Women's)[edit]

Year Name Club
2013 Vietnam Đặng Thị Kiều Trinh Vietnam Hồ Chí Minh City I W.F.C.
2015 Thailand Nisa Romyen Thailand North Bangkok University
2017 Thailand Waraporn Boonsing Thailand BG-Bandit Asia
2019 Thailand Pitsamai Sornsai Thailand Chonburi Sports School

AFF Youth Player of the Year[edit]

Year Name Club
2013 Laos Keoviengphet Liththideth Laos Ezra
2015 Myanmar Aung Thu Myanmar Yadanarbon
2017 Vietnam Đoàn Văn Hậu Vietnam Hà Nội
2019 Thailand Suphanat Mueanta Thailand Buriram United

AFF Futsal Team of the Year[edit]

Year National Futsal Team
2013  Thailand
2015  Thailand
2017  Thailand
2019  Thailand

AFF Futsal Player of the Year[edit]

Year Name Club
2013 Thailand Suphawut Thueanklang Thailand Chonburi Bluewave
2015 Thailand Jetsada Chudech Thailand Rajnavy
2017 Thailand Jirawat Sornwichian Thailand Chonburi Bluewave
2019 Vietnam Trần Văn Vũ Vietnam Thái Sơn Nam

AFF Coach of the Year[edit]

Year (Men's Team) Name (Women's Team) Name
2013  Singapore Serbia Radojko Avramović  Myanmar Japan Kumada Yoshinori
2015  Thailand Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang  Thailand Thailand Nuengrutai Srathongvian
2017  Thailand Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang  Vietnam Vietnam Mai Đức Chung
2019  Vietnam South Korea Park Hang-seo  Thailand Thailand Nuengrutai Srathongvian

AFF Referee of the Year[edit]

Year Name (Men's) Name (Women's)
2013 Singapore Abdul Malik Abdul Bashir Singapore Abirami Apbai Naidu
2015 Malaysia Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob Malaysia Rita Ghani
2017 Singapore Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari Bin Jahari Myanmar Thein Thein Aye
2019 Thailand Sivakorn Pu-Udom Australia Jacewicz Katherine Margaret

AFF Assistant Referee of the Year[edit]

Year Name (Men's) Name (Women's)
2013 Singapore Tang Yew Mun Malaysia Widiya Habibah Shamsuri
2015 Malaysia Azman Ismail Singapore Rohaidah Mohd Nasir
2017 Malaysia Mohd Yusri Muhamad Vietnam Truong Thi Le Trinh
2019 Singapore Ronnie Koh Min Kiat Thailand Hinthong Supawan

Best Goal in the AFF Suzuki Cup[edit]

Year Name Club Match
2012 Thailand Teerasil Dangda Thailand Muangthong United Semi Final (1st Leg) Malaysia vs Thailand, 9 December 2012.
2014 Vietnam Lê Công Vinh Vietnam Becamex Binh Duong Group A Vietnam vs Indonesia, 22 November 2014.
2016 Indonesia Andik Vermansyah Malaysia Selangor FA Group A Singapore vs Indonesia, 25 November 2016.
2018 Malaysia Syahmi Safari Malaysia Selangor FA Semi Final (2nd leg) Thailand vs Malaysia, 5 December 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "AFF - The Official Website Of The ASEAN Football Federation". About AFF. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Australia Officially in AFF". ASEAN Football Federation. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^
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  5. ^ AFF - Southeast Asian Football Federation Official Website - 12 Football Associations
  6. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (Men)". FIFA. 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ Bhas Kunju (3 April 2013). "Singapore win big at AFF Awards 2013". Retrieved 22 August 2015.

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