After FIFA and AFC finalize the relocation of the last 3 matches of the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia to October and November, it is almost certain that the Southeast Asian Football Federation will have to recalculate the organization of the AFF Cup 2020, very may be postponed to early 2021.
It is difficult to organize according to the old schedule
According to information from the Thai media, the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round in Asia (including the UAE – Vietnam, Thailand – Malaysia match) will be held on November 17. Thus, if the AFF Cup 2020 still goes as planned (November 23 to December 31), the Southeast Asian teams will have less than a week to prepare for the campaign to win the throne. The gap between the two tournaments is too little for the players to recover from the 2022 World Cup qualifying series as well as additional forces, tactical alignment.
Not to mention that the Asian national championships, as well as the Asian Cup (AFC Champions League, AFC Cup) with the participation of many Southeast Asian players, are likely to last longer than usual. because these tournaments also have to be postponed after being affected by Covid-19. Therefore, according to experts, the ability of the AFF Cup 2020 to take place according to the original schedule is quite low.
Should AFF Cup 2020 cancel or postpone?
What fans are concerned about now is that the 2020 AFF Cup will be canceled or postponed. Cancellation, of course, is the easiest at this time. But this will be something no one wants. If so, teams in Southeast Asia will lose the opportunity to compete in the top regional tournament every 2 years, not only to compete for the championship but also to train troops to towards bigger arenas. Therefore, it is more reasonable if the Southeast Asian Football Federation defer this tournament to an appropriate time so that the regional teams have more time to prepare in the best way for the AFF Cup.
In fact, the rescheduling of the AFF Cup is a precedent. Because in the history of the AFF Cup, there has been a tournament (AFF Cup 2007) to be postponed due to objective reasons. This tournament was originally planned to take place in December 2006. However, because this time coincided with the time of the Asian Games 2006 (ASIAD 15) in Qatar, the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) decided to move the tournament to the beginning of 2007 (finally held from January 13 to February 14, 2007).
Of course, in order to make the decision to postpone correctly, the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) needs to carefully calculate and discuss with the member federation so that it can arrange and arrange the match schedule in 2020. and 2021 in the most scientific and logical way. A source of Thanh Nien newspaper said that AFF will meet soon to make a decision in March. If you go back to the beginning of December, you may have Christmas and New Year in the semi-finals and finals so the AFF Cup 2020 tournament is difficult to complete, so the best plan is to move back to the beginning of 2021.
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