Australia Considers AFF Cup

The Australian media recently reported that the Australian team is promoting the process of participating in the AFF Cup in the next 2 years because they want to witness the progress of Vietnamese football after the Southeast Asian championship of coach and students Park Hang Seo last year.

Australia Considers AFF Cup

Australia was unable to fulfill its goal of defending the Asian Cup crown when they just lost to the hosts of this tournament – UAE 0-1 on 25 January on Hazza bin Zayed in Al Ain. Shortly after that bitter defeat, “Socceroos” wanted to shock the fact that they could compete in the AFF Cup (Southeast Asian Championship) next period in 2020.

Australia (yellow shirt) became the former King of the Asian Cup this year when facing the UAE home team in the quarterfinals
Australia (yellow shirt) became the former King of the Asian Cup this year when facing the UAE home team in the quarterfinals

According to information recently published by The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), the Australian Football Association (FFA) is intending to let this country’s team participate in the AFF Cup finals starting from 2020. This is quite a surprise because, before that, Australians have only sent U16 or U19 teams to the Southeast Asian tournament since becoming a member of the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) in 2013.

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Follow Sydney Morning Herald Magazine: “After 5 years of participating inside the Southeast Asian Football Federation as a sideline member, FFA confirmed it’ll negotiate with ASEAN federations to convey Australia to the biggest football tournament in Southeast Asia region.

Australia has been in the ASEAN Football Federation since 2013, but they are not allowed to participate in the AFF Cup due to their superior quality compared to other teams in Southeast Asia. However, the progress of teams like Vietnam Telam in recent years shows that the gap between Australia and ASEAN teams has been narrowed.

This is proved at the Asian Cup 2019 when Australia only reached the quarterfinals as defending champion AFF Cup 2018 – Vietnam Tel. Park Hang Seo’s teachers and students also won in the eighth round against Jordan – the West Asian team won 1-0 against Australia on the Asian Cup opening day this year.

Is Vietnam Team afraid of losing the “throne” of Southeast Asia?

Australian Football Federation President David Gallop said: “Part of the relationship development between Australia and ASEAN is to let us attend the AFF Cup. Southeast Asian teams are really strong and Australia’s participation will increase. attraction to the tournament “.

Vietnam Team is the defending champion of the AFF Cup
Vietnam Team is the defending champion of the AFF Cup

According to David Gallop, the FFA will continue to consider the introduction of initial plans to adjust the Australian A-League schedule to match the AFF Cup.

The source of the Sydney Morning Herald also revealed that negotiations between Australia and ASEAN are taking place at the highest level. The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Ministry of Commerce have voiced support and promised to push for “Socceroos” to attend the AFF Cup 2020.

Currently, Vietnam Team is defending champion AFF Cup after a convincing victory over Malaysia with a total score of 3-2 after two finals in mid-December last year. If Australia Tel participates in the AFF Cup 2020, the Vietnam team will have a formidable opponent that threatens to take the throne of the regional football of Park Hang Seo coach and teachers in addition to familiar rivals such as Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines or Indonesia, …

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On the current FIFA rankings, Australia is ranked 41 in the world with 1416 points, 56 points higher than Vietnam (ranked 100) when we have 1229 points.
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