The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has decided to further push the next edition of the AFF Cup to December 2021.
Originally set for November this year, the AFF Cup was then postponed to April-May of next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now rescheduled to next December as the AFF prioritises the health and safety of all its stakeholders.
The AFF Cup will continue its home-and-away format in the group and knockout stages, and is scheduled to take place from December 5, 2021 to January 1, 2022.
Vietnam are the defending champions, having secured their first regional title since 2008 after beating Malaysia 3-2 on aggregate in 2018.
AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth, said: “As always, our first priority is the health and safety of everyone connected with the event. As such, we have been monitoring Covid-19 developments, both within ASEAN and in the wider world, on a continuous basis.
“While there have been encouraging results in vaccine development, we are cognisant that the process of vaccine approval, as well as the practicalities of the distribution and implementation of vaccine programmes across the world including ASEAN will take some time.”
“Given the complexities around the organisation of the event, and the many people and organisations that are impacted by it, the AFF believes in taking a pragmatic approach and making a considered decision early that will allow the stakeholders in the event to have enough notice to reorganise their activities – and so that planning for the end of the year can be focused around the AFF Suzuki Cup as a great occasion for football in the region as it has always been.”
AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 rescheduled for December 2021 https://t.co/uO31K38Bdv
— ASEAN Football (@AFFPresse) December 7, 2020