AFF Championship

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AFF Championship
Founded1996; 23 years ago (1996)
RegionAFF (Southeast Asia)
Number of teams10 (finals)
11 (eligible to enter qualification)
Current champions Vietnam
(2nd title)
Most successful team(s) Thailand
(5 titles)
Websiteaffsuzukicup.com
2018 AFF Championship

The AFF Championship (known formally as the ASEAN Football Federation Championship) is a biennial international association football competition, contested by the men's national teams of the member of ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), determining the sub-continental champion of Southeast Asia.

It was founded as the Tiger Cup after Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries, makers of Tiger Beer, sponsored the competition from its inauguration in 1996 until the 2004 edition. After Asia Pacific Breweries withdrew as title sponsors, the competition was known as the AFF Championship for the 2007 edition. From 2008, Japanese auto-company Suzuki bought the naming rights for the competition, and the competition has therefore been named the AFF Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons.

The winner of the AFF Championship qualifies for the AFF–EAFF Champions Trophy.

The 12 AFF Championship tournaments have been won by four national teams; Thailand have won five titles, Singapore has four titles, Vietnam has two titles and Malaysia with one title.

The most recent championship in 2018, was won by Vietnam, who beat Malaysia 3–2 on aggregate in the final.

History[edit]

The first ASEAN Championship took place in 1996 with the six founding members of ASEAN Federation competing with four nations being invited that came in that region. The final saw Thailand become the first champions of ASEAN as they defeated Malaysia 1-0 in Singapore.[1] The top four nations automatically qualified through to the finals in the following edition. This meant the other six nations had to compete in qualifying for the remaining four spots. Myanmar, Singapore, Laos and Philippines all made it through to the main tournament.

Organisation[edit]

Sports marketing, media and event management firm, Lagardère Sports has been involved in the tournament since the inaugural edition in 1996.

Between 1996 and 2006, Tiger Beer was the title sponsor. Suzuki Motors has been title sponsor of the tournament since 2008.[2]

Results[edit]

# Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champions Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1 1996  Singapore
Thailand
1–0
Malaysia

Vietnam
3–2
Indonesia
2 1998  Vietnam
Singapore
1–0
Vietnam

Indonesia
3–3 aet
(5–4) pen

Thailand
3 2000  Thailand
Thailand
4–1
Indonesia

Malaysia
3–0
Vietnam
4 2002  Indonesia
 Singapore

Thailand
2–2 aet
(4–2) pen

Indonesia

Vietnam
2–1
Malaysia

From 2004, the knockout stage is played over two legs on a home-and-away format.

# Year Group Stage Host Final Third Place Match
Champions Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
5 2004/05  Malaysia
 Vietnam

Singapore
3–1
2–1

Indonesia

Malaysia
2–1
Myanmar
won 5–2 on aggregate

Since the 2007 edition, there was no third place match. Hence, semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Moreover the away goals rule was initially not applied in the earlier tournaments, but only from the 2010 edition.

# Year Group Stage Host Final Semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up
6 2007  Singapore
 Thailand

Singapore
2–1
1–1

Thailand
 Malaysia and  Vietnam
won 3–2 on aggregate
7 2008  Indonesia
 Thailand

Vietnam
2–1
1–1

Thailand
 Indonesia and  Singapore
won 3–2 on aggregate
8 2010  Indonesia
 Vietnam

Malaysia
3–0
1–2

Indonesia
 Philippines and  Vietnam
won 4–2 on aggregate
9 2012  Malaysia
 Thailand

Singapore
3–1
0–1

Thailand
 Malaysia and  Philippines
won 3–2 on aggregate
10 2014  Singapore
 Vietnam

Thailand
2–0
2–3

Malaysia
 Philippines and  Vietnam
won 4–3 on aggregate
11 2016  Myanmar
 Philippines

Thailand
1–2
2–0

Indonesia
 Myanmar and  Vietnam
won 3–2 on aggregate

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.[3]

# Year Final Semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up
12 2018
Vietnam
2–2
1–0

Malaysia
 Philippines and  Thailand
won 3–2 on aggregate

Performances by country[edit]

Team 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004/05 2007 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 Total
 Brunei GS × × × × 1
 Cambodia GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 7
 Indonesia 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd GS SF 2nd GS GS 2nd GS 12
 Laos GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS GS 11
 Malaysia 2nd GS 3rd 4th 3rd SF GS 1st SF 2nd GS 2nd 12
 Myanmar GS GS GS GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS SF GS 12
 Philippines GS GS GS GS GS GS SF SF SF GS SF 11
 Singapore GS 1st GS GS 1st 1st SF GS 1st GS GS GS 12
 Thailand 1st 4th 1st 1st GS 2nd 2nd GS 2nd 1st 1st SF 12
 Timor-Leste × × GS GS 2
 Vietnam 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd GS SF 1st SF GS SF SF 1st 12
Legend
Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total Top 4
 Thailand 5 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016) 3 (2007, 2008, 2012) 1 (1998) 1 (2018) 10
 Singapore 4 (1998, 2004/05, 2007, 2012) 1 (2008) 5
 Vietnam 2 (2008, 2018) 1 (1998) 2 (1996, 2002) 1 (2000) 4 (2007, 2010, 2014, 2016) 10
 Malaysia 1 (2010) 3 (1996, 2014, 2018) 2 (2000, 2004/05) 1 (2002) 2 (2007, 2012) 9
 Indonesia 5 (2000, 2002, 2004/05, 2010, 2016) 1 (1998) 1 (1996) 1 (2008) 8
 Philippines 4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018) 4
 Myanmar 1 (2004/05) 1 (2016) 2
Total 12 12 5 5 14 48

Awards[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Year Player Goals
1996 Thailand Natipong Sritong-In 7
1998 Myanmar Myo Hlaing Win 4
2000 Indonesia Gendut Doni Christiawan 5
Thailand Worrawoot Srimaka
2002 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas 8
2004/05 Indonesia Ilham Jaya Kesuma 7
2007 Singapore Noh Alam Shah 10
2008 Indonesia Budi Sudarsono 4
Singapore Agu Casmir
Thailand Teerasil Dangda
2010 Malaysia Safee Sali 5
2012 Thailand Teerasil Dangda 5
2014 Malaysia Safiq Rahim 6
2016 Thailand Teerasil Dangda 6
2018 Thailand Adisak Kraisorn 8

Overall top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 Singapore Noh Alam Shah 17
2 Thailand Teerasil Dangda 15
Thailand Worrawoot Srimaka
Vietnam Lê Công Vinh
5 Vietnam Lê Huỳnh Đức 14
6 Indonesia Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto 13
7 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas 12
Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang
9 Singapore Agu Casmir 11
10 Singapore Khairul Amri 10
Thailand Adisak Kraisorn
  • Bold denotes players still playing international football.

Most valuable players[edit]

Year Player
1996 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan
1998 Vietnam Nguyễn Hồng Sơn
2000 Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang
2002 Thailand Therdsak Chaiman
2004/05 Singapore Lionel Lewis
2007 Singapore Noh Alam Shah
2008 Vietnam Dương Hồng Sơn
2010 Indonesia Firman Utina
2012 Singapore Shahril Ishak
2014 Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin
2016 Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin
2018 Vietnam Nguyễn Quang Hải

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About AFF". aseanfootball.org.
  2. ^ "Suzuki drives Asean Football Championship to new heights". Singapore: ASEAN Football Federation. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  3. ^ "New format confirmed for AFF Suzuki Cup". Football Channel Asia. 14 March 2016. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.

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