|Region||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Number of teams||10 (finals)|
11 (eligible to enter qualification)
|Current champions||Thailand (6th title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Thailand (6 titles)|
A biennial international association football competition, it is contested by the men's national teams of the AFF, determining the sub-continental champion of Southeast Asia. The competition has been held every two years since 1996 scheduled to be in the even-numbered year, except for 2007, and 2020 (which was postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic).
Founded as the Tiger Cup after Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries, the makers of Tiger Beer, it sponsored the competition from its inauguration in 1996 until the 2004 edition. After Asia Pacific Breweries withdrew as title sponsors, the competition was known simply as the AFF Championship for the 2007 edition. In 2008, Japanese auto-company Suzuki bought the naming rights for the competition, and the competition had been named the AFF Suzuzi Cup until the 2020 edition. On 23 May 2022, AFF announced a new deal with another Japanese company Mitsubishi Electric as the new title sponsor, therefore, the tournament has been named the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup since the 2022 edition.
The AFF Championship title have been won by four national teams; Thailand have won six titles, Singapore has four titles, Vietnam has two titles and Malaysia with one title. To date, Thailand and Singapore are the only teams in history to have won consecutive titles; Thailand in 2000 and 2002 and also in 2014 and 2016, and Singapore in 2004 and 2007. It is one of the most watched football tournaments in the region.
Since 2018, the championship winners would compete in the following AFF–EAFF Champions Trophy, against the winner of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship, the champions of East Asia, to determine the champions of East and Southeast Asia.
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. 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.
Sports marketing, media and event management firm, Lagardère Sports has been involved in the tournament since the inaugural edition in 1996.
From 2004, the knockout stage is played over two legs on a home-and-away format. Since the 2007 edition, there was no third place match; semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order. The away goals rule has been applied for knockout stage since the 2010 edition.[a]
Starting with the 2018 edition, a new format was 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 were split in two groups of five and play a round robin system, with each team playing two home and two away fixtures. A draw was made to determine where the teams play while the format of the knockout round remained unchanged.
Performances by countryEdit
|Team||Champions||Runners-up||Third place / Semi-finalists||Fourth place||Total Top 4|
|Thailand||6 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2020)||3 (2007, 2008, 2012)||1 (2018)||1 (1998)||11|
|Singapore||4 (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)||–||2 (2008, 2020)||–||6|
|Vietnam||2 (2008, 2018)||1 (1998)||7 (1996, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2020)||1 (2000)||11|
|Malaysia||1 (2010)||3 (1996, 2014, 2018)||4 (2000, 2004, 2007, 2012)||1 (2002)||9|
|Indonesia||–||6 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2016, 2020)||2 (1998, 2008)||1 (1996)||9|
|Philippines||–||–||4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)||–||4|
|Myanmar||–||–||1 (2016)||1 (2004)||2|
|Australia[note 1]||Not an AFF member||×||×||×||×||0|
|Timor-Leste||Part of Indonesia||×||GS||•||•||•||•||•||•||GS||GS||3|
|Tournament||Most Valuable Player||Top goalscorer(s)||Goals||Young Player of the Tournament||Fair play award|
|1996||Zainal Abidin Hassan||Natipong Sritong-In||7||N/A
(awarded in 2020)
|1998||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||Myo Hlaing Win||4||Not awarded|
|2000||Kiatisuk Senamuang||Gendut Doni Christiawan||5||Malaysia|
|2002||Therdsak Chaiman||Bambang Pamungkas||8||Not awarded|
|2004||Lionel Lewis||Ilham Jaya Kesuma||7|
|2007||Noh Alam Shah||Noh Alam Shah||10|
|2008||Dương Hồng Sơn||Budi Sudarsono||4||Thailand|
|2010||Firman Utina||Safee Sali||5||Philippines|
|2012||Shahril Ishak||Teerasil Dangda||5||Malaysia|
|2014||Chanathip Songkrasin||Safiq Rahim||6||Vietnam|
|2016||Chanathip Songkrasin||Teerasil Dangda||6||Thailand|
|2018||Nguyễn Quang Hải||Adisak Kraisorn||8||Malaysia|
|2020||Chanathip Songkrasin[d]||Safawi Rasid||4||Pratama Arhan[d]||Indonesia[d]|
Overall top goalscorersEdit
- As of 2020 final
|2||Noh Alam Shah||17|
|Lê Công Vinh|
|5||Lê Huỳnh Đức||14|
|6||Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto||13|
- Bold denotes players still playing international football
- ^ - being the only person to win the competition as a player (1996, 2000, 2002) then coach (2014, 2016).
All-time ranking tableEdit
- As of the 2020 edition
|1||Thailand||13||78||49||18||11||169||91||+78||165||Champions (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2020)|
|2||Vietnam||13||71||37||19||15||145||74||+71||130||Champions (2008, 2018)|
|3||Indonesia||13||70||35||15||20||177||124||+53||120||Runners-up (2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2016, 2020)|
|4||Singapore||13||62||31||15||16||112||62||+50||108||Champions (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)|
|6||Myanmar||13||46||15||7||24||58||101||-43||52||Semi-finalists (2004, 2016)|
|7||Philippines||12||44||10||4||30||47||50||–3||34||Semi-finalists (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)|
|8||Cambodia||8||30||4||0||26||29||102||–73||12||Group stage (8 times)|
|9||Laos||12||41||2||5||34||30||155||–125||11||Group stage (12 times)|
|10||Brunei||1||4||1||0||3||1||15||–14||3||Group stage (1996)|
|11||Timor-Leste||3||12||0||0||12||6||50||–44||0||Group stage (2004, 2018, 2020)|
- Except the 2020 edition due to all matches were hosted in only venue.
- Postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The 2020 AFF Championship was hosted in a centralized venue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. On 28 September 2021, it was announced that Singapore would host the tournament.
- Due to non-compliance with conditions set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Thailand and Indonesia were not allowed to be represented by their national flags. The sanctions took effect in October 2021. Thailand is represented by its national team logo while Indonesia is represented by its coat of arms.
- A look back at the history of the AFF Suzuki Cup and its past 12 editions
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The country has also been denied the right to display its national flag at any such events (international football events).
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