Thailand to host three AFF Competitions in 2019

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Thailand will host three of the six Asean Football Federation (AFF) events in the new year. The FA of Thailand will organise the AFF Girls’ Under-15 Championship, AFF Boys’ Under-15 and AFF Women’s Championship between May and August next year.

All three tournaments in Thailand will be played out at the IPE Stadium in Chonburi. The AFF Girls’ Under-15 will take place rom May 10-22 while the AFF Boys’ Under 15 will run from July 22 to Aug 9. Less than a week later on Aug 16, the AFF women’s competition will kick-off, it will conclude on Aug 27.

While Thailand have three events next year, Vietnam will be the venue for two AFF events – the AFF Boys’ Under-18 and AFF Futsal Championship. The AFF Under-22 Championship, which will be first event for 2019, will be staged in Cambodia.

The six competitions are important for the teams in the Southeast Asian region as they will provide the teams with a crucial platform to test their teams out ahead of some of the continental competitions.

AFF Deputy President Maj Gen Khiev Sameth, in his opening address at this morning’s AFF 17th Council Meeting here, congratulated the winning nations in this year’s competitions. He also thanked the FA of Indonesia for hosting all the AFF events this year. “I have to once again commend the Football Association of Indonesia for all their hardwork in delivering our competitions for 2018.”

Maj Gen Khiev Sameth also congratulated AFF Suzuki Cup finalists, Vietnam and Malaysia. “With respective leaps in development, it is no surprise that we are once again congratulating Malaysia and Vietnam who will be battling it out tomorrow to e crowned the champions of football in Southeast Asia.

“The AFF Suzuki Cup is a celebration of football in the region and I would like to thank all the participating Member Associations for their contribution in making the 2018 edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup the most successful ever,” Maj Gen Khiev Sameth added.

Later, Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) President, Le Khanh Hai welcomed the AFF Council members to Hanoi. “It is an honour for the Vietnam Football Federation to welcome leaders of the Asean football family gathering for the AFF 17th Council Meeting to discuss and approve important decisions for Asean football for the coming year.”

The AFF Council Meeting was held this morning ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup final which will take place here tomorrow night.

AFF Schedule for 2019

Nos Competition Venue Competing Teams Dates
1 AFF Under-22 Championship Cambodia 11 Feb 18 to Mar 2
2 AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championships Thailand 10 May 10 to 22
3 AFF Under-15 Boys’ Championships Thailand 12 July 22 to Aug 9
4 AFF Under-18 Championships Vietnam 12 Aug 4 to 18
5 AFF Women’s Championships Thailand 9 Aug 16 to 27
6 AFF Futsal Championships Vietnam 8 Oct 16 to 27
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