2018 AFF Championship
|Dates||8 November – 15 December 2018|
|Teams||10 (from 1 sub-confederation)|
|Venue(s)||12 (in 10 host cities)|
|Goals scored||43 (3.58 per match)|
|Attendance||226,511 (18,876 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Adisak Kraisorn (7 goals)|
The 2018 AFF Championship is the 12th edition of the AFF Championship, the football championship of nations affiliated to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), and the 6th under the name AFF Suzuki Cup.
The final tournament runs from 8 November and is scheduled to end on 15 December 2018.
The defending champion is Thailand.
- 1 Format
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Draw
- 4 Squads
- 5 Referees
- 6 Venues
- 7 Group stage
- 8 Knockout phase
- 9 Statistics
- 10 Marketing
- 11 Media coverage
- 12 References
- 13 External links
In March 2016, it was reported that the AFF was mulling over changes to the tournament format due to the failure to attract big crowds for matches not involving the host nation. It was then confirmed by the AFF that starting with the 2018 edition, a new format would be applied. The nine highest ranked teams would automatically qualify with the 10th and 11th ranked teams playing in a two-legged qualifier. The 10 teams would be split in two groups of five and play a round robin system with each team playing two home and two away fixtures. A draw will be made to determine where the teams play while the format of the knockout round would remain unchanged.
Nine teams are automatically qualified in the AFF Championship final tournament. Based on the 2016 AFF Championship ranking, Brunei and Timor Leste played in a home and away play offs which will be conducted on 1 and 8 September 2018 with the latter securing qualification. Australia, a member since 2013, did not enter the tournament.
|Team||Appearance||Previous best performance|
|Cambodia||7th||Group stage (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2016)|
|Indonesia||12th||Runners-up (2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2016)|
|Laos||11th||Group stage (1996 to 2014)|
|Myanmar||12th||Fourth place (2004), Semi-finalists (2016)|
|Philippines||11th||Semi-finalists (2010, 2012, 2014)|
|Singapore||12th||Winners (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)|
|Thailand||12th||Winners (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016)|
|Timor-Leste||2nd||Group stage (2004)|
The draw for the tournament was held on 2 May 2018 at Hotel Mulia in Jakarta, Indonesia with the pot placements followed each teams progress in the previous two editions. At the time of the draw the identity of the national team that secured qualification was still to be determined (Timor-Leste).
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5|
| Thailand (2016 holders)
Timor-Leste (Qualification winner)
|Source: 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup|
The following referees were chosen for the competition.
There are one venue for each participating countries in the tournament with each countries get two group matches played in their home stadium. Before the tournament being held, both the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) and Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have requesting AFF to allow their two home matches to be held in two different stadiums in different cities. The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) also asked AFF to move their final group match against Cambodia to Hàng Đẫy Stadium as the match date is coincides with the opening ceremony of the Vietnam National Games that will be held in Mỹ Đình National Stadium by which the request was accepted through the AFF meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 13 September. East Timor will play their designated "home" match against Thailand at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, while their home tie against the Philippines will be played at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia due to the incomplete floodlighting of the Dili Municipal Stadium.
|Bukit Jalil National Stadium||Kuala Lumpur Stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium||Hàng Đẫy Stadium|
|Capacity: 87,411||Capacity: 18,000||Capacity: 40,192||Capacity: 22,500|
|Gelora Bung Karno Stadium||Olympic Stadium|
|Capacity: 77,193||Capacity: 50,000|
|National Stadium||Rajamangala Stadium|
|Capacity: 55,000||Capacity: 49,722|
|Thuwunna Stadium||Mandalarthiri Stadium||New Laos National Stadium||Panaad Stadium|
|Capacity: 32,000||Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 9,825|
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Norshahrul 31'|
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Phượng 11'
A. Đức 45+2'
Q. Hải 68'
Norshahrul 86', 90+2'
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Kongmathilath 7'|
|Hlaing Bo Bo 60', 90+3'
Than Htet Aung 70'
Sithu Aung 87'
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Vathanaka 23'|
|Innalay 14'||Report (AFFSZ)||Aung Thu 45'
Htet Phyoe Wai 72'
Maung Maung Lwin 85'
A. Đức 60'
|Hariss 37'||Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)|
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Adisak 3', 13', 31', 45', 50', 56' (pen.)
Lilipaly 69' (pen.)
|Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)||Rufino 48'|
|Reichelt 78'||Report (AFFSZ) Report (AFF)|
|Nataniel 73' (pen.)
João Pedro 75'
|Report (AFFSZ)||P. Younghusband 27'
De Murga 68'
|Report (AFFSZ)||Zulfiandi 29'
- First Leg
|Runners-up Group A||Match 21||Winners Group B|
|Runners-up Group B||Match 22||Winners Group A|
- Second Leg
|Winners Group B||Match 23||Runners-up Group A|
|Winners Group A||Match 24||Runners-up Group B|
- First Leg
|Winners of Match 21/23||Match 25||Winners of Match 22/24|
- Second Leg
|Winners of Match 22/24||Match 26||Winners of Match 21/23|
- 7 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Chan Vathanaka
- Alfath Fathier
- Fachrudin Aryanto
- Alberto Gonçalves
- Stefano Lilipaly
- Phouthone Innalay
- Phithack Kongmathilath
- Zaquan Adha Radzak
- Aung Thu
- Htet Phyoe Wai
- Maung Maung Lwin
- Sithu Aung
- Than Htet Aung
- Carli de Murga
- Patrick Reichelt
- Martin Steuble
- Phil Younghusband
- Hariss Harun
- Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri
- Pansa Hemviboon
- Pokklaw Anan
- Supachai Jaided
- Rufino Gama
- João Pedro
- Nataniel Reis
- Nguyễn Quang Hải
In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting red card or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches.
• Player who get a card during the semifinals and final doesn't include here.
New tournament visuals, including a logo, for the AFF Championship was unveiled for the 2018 edition during the official draw held on 2 May 2018. The ASEAN Football Federation cooperated with Lagardère Sports for the tournament's branding. Five attributes were identified that are "synonymous" to the tournament. Elements combined to form the logo are a beating heart, a goalpost and raised hands by a fan that is meant to signify "pride, loyalty, football, rivalry, and passion".
In addition a colour scheme was developed for the branding. The colours devised are magenta (passion and energy), cyan (fresh beginning), green (vibrancy of a football pitch) and blue (topography of the region).
|Title sponsor||Official sponsors||Official supporters||Regional supporters|
|2018 AFF Championship television broadcasters in Southeast Asia|
|ASEAN (Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia only)||Fox International Channels||Fox Sports Asia (selected matches)||N/A||N/A|
|Brunei||RTB||RTB Aneka (selected matches)||N/A||N/A|
|Cambodia||Bayon Television||BTV News (selected matches)||N/A||N/A|
|Indonesia||MNC Media, Emtek, Kompas Gramedia Group||RCTI (Indonesian matches only);
|MNC Trijaya FM||MeTube (Indonesian matches only); Vidio (selected matches)|
|Laos||LNTV||TVLao HD (Laotian matches only)||N/A||N/A|
|Malaysia||RTM||TV1, TV2, RTM HD Sports (all matches)||N/A||MyKlik (all matches)|
|Myanmar||MRTV, Sky Net||MRTV, MRTV Entertainment, MRTV Sports (Burmese matches only); Sky Net Sports 1, Sky Net Sports 4, Sky Net Sports HD (all matches)||Myanmar Radio||N/A|
|Philippines||TV5 Network Inc.||5 Network, AksyonTV (Philippine matches only)||N/A||ESPN 5 (Philippine matches only)|
|Singapore||MediaCorp||Okto (Singaporean matches only)||N/A||Toggle (Singaporean matches only)|
|Thailand||BBTV||7HD (Thai matches only)||N/A||Bugaboo TV (all matches); LINE TV (selected matches)|
|Timor-Leste||Esperança Timor Oan||ETO+, DTV (East Timorese matches only)||N/A||N/A|
|Vietnam||VTV, VOV, Next Media||VTV5, VTV6, BĐTV, TTTV, VTC3, VTC9, THVL2 (all matches)||VOV1, VOV2, VOV3, VOV Transportation, VOV FM 89 (Vietnamese matches only)||VTV Sports, vtv.vn, VTV Go, VTV Giải Trí, THVLi, On Sports, Onme (all matches); vov.vn, VTC Now (Vietnamese matches only)|
|2018 AFF Championship international television broadcasters|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Cable Television||i-Cable Sports (selected matches)||N/A||i-Cable Web and Mobile (selected matches)|
|South Korea||SBS||SBS Sports (Vietnamese matches only)||N/A||SBS Play (Vietnamese matches only)|
|United States||Turner Broadcasting System||N/A||N/A||Bleacher Report (all matches)|
|N/A = Not available|
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