AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 postponed to next year
Friday, July 31, 2020
The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has postponed the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 until next year, in view of the deteriorating COVID-19 situation both regionally and globally.
In a statement, AFF said it has decided to postpone the tournament to safeguard the well-being of everyone involved in the hosting of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, which include players, coaches, partners, fans and the public.
AFF added that the safety of its stakeholders is its highest priority, thus that was what the AFF Suzuki Cup Task Force Committee decided to reach to such conclusion.
AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said AFF has been closely monitoring the guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Ministries, government agencies, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since the onset of Covid-19.
“As you are aware, this pandemic continues to pose enormous health, societal and economic challenges to us all. AFF's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our football family and mitigating the impact of this pandemic. With the risk of the spread of COVID-19 remaining high, the AFF finds itself in a situation where we cannot proceed safely with the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020,” the president said.
“While these are unprecedented times for the whole world including our football family and communities, we are confident that we will get through it together with the support of all our stakeholders including our fans, Member Associations, players, coaches, official, media and partners and we would like to thank them for standing united with us in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.
AFF Suzuki Cup’s exclusive partner SPORTFIVE supported such decision.
Adrian Staiti, President APAC at SPORTFIVE said: “While we are disappointed that we are unable to hold the tournament this year, we will work closely with the AFF to monitor the situation and look forward to working with our partners to deliver a great tournament for the fans of ASEAN next year.”
The AFF Suzuki Cup is the largest and most prestigious football tournament in South East Asia and was set to see the national ‘A’ teams of the region competing for the Championship title, played on a home and away format.
Drawing a fan attendance of more than 750,000 for the 2018 edition, the risks and challenges in organising a mass event of this scale would be considerable in the current climate.
The AFF will continue to work closely with the various member associations and partners to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on the 2021 tournament dates and other details as soon as available.