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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.

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

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

OrganisationEdit

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]

ResultsEdit

# Year Host Final Semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up
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 Semi-finalists
Champions Score Runners-up
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 countryEdit

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

Participating nationsEdit

Team  
1996
(10)
 
1998
(8)
 
2000
(9)
 
 
2002
(9)
 
 
2004
(10)
 
 
2007
(8)
 
 
2008
(8)
 
 
2010
(8)
 
 
2012
(8)
 
 
2014
(8)
 
 
2016
(8)
 
2018
(10)
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 Part of Indonesia × GS GS 2
  Vietnam 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd GS SF 1st SF GS SF SF 1st 12
Legend

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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