The AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 will be played in 2021 after the tournament had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament has been rescheduled to take place from April 11 until May 8 of next year. The ASEAN Football Federation announced the new dates for the tournament in a press release on Friday.
Originally the AFF Suzuki Cup was going to be played in November and December of this year.
AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth said that he hoped that the announcement of dates for the tournament would provide clarity for commercial partners, sponsors, and media broadcasters.
“We are delighted with the positive support that we have had from our Member Associations and that we have been able to find a suitable window next year to hold our most highly anticipated tournament,” he said in a statement.
“While we are well aware that the fight against the global pandemic is not over, we are cautiously optimistic for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 to take place in its full format as we hope to deliver the best of ASEAN in the tournament next year
“AFF and our Member Associations would like to express gratitude to all our fans, players, coaches, officials, media and other partners for their unwavering support and commitment despite these challenging times, and look forward to the AFF Suzuki Cup unifying the whole of South East Asia when we are able to come together again.”
The AFF Suzuki Cup takes place every two years and is played between the southeast Asian countries.
The cup is contested by Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
“We are glad to work out the new tournament dates for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 with the relevant stakeholders, and we are excited to continue to work with our partners on their sponsorships, campaigns and activation plans as we get ready to bring football back to the fans of ASEAN,” Managing Director, South East Asia at SPORTFIVE (the exclusive commercial partner of the AFF Suzuki CUP), Malcolm Thorpe said about the rescheduled dates.
The AFF said it will work closely with member associations and partners to release further information on the rescheduled tournament as soon as possible.