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. The ASEAN Football Federation headquarter was located on Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
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.
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.