AFF Championship 2020


January 20, 2022

The 2020 AFF Championship (officially named the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup due to sponsorship reasons) is the 13th edition of the AFF Championship, a football championship of countries affiliated with the Perbara Football Federation (AFF), and is the 7th edition under the AFF Championship. the name AFF Suzuki Cup. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place from 23 November to 31 December 2020. However, the tournament was later postponed and rescheduled at least twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the tournament was first rescheduled to run from April 11 to May 8, 2021 and the schedule was later pushed back to December 5, 2021 to January 1, 2022. Vietnam are the reigning champions, but have been eliminated by Thailand in the semifinals.


The 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup is being held at a centralized venue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. On 28 September 2021, it was announced that Singapore was hosting the tournament. Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam also expressed interest in hosting the tournament. In the competition group stage, ten teams were drawn into two groups consisting of five teams each with a half-competition system format. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The organizers prefer to hold the tournament under its original format, featuring home and away matches. Five substitutions can be made in each match according to FIFA recommendations.


Nine teams automatically qualify for the final round of the AFF Championship; they are separated into their respective pots based on their performances in the last two editions. Brunei and Timor Leste who were the two lowest performing teams were supposed to play a match where the winner would secure a place in the finals but Brunei withdrew citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia, a member of the AFF since 2013, does not enter the tournament.

Participating team



Each team must register an initial squad of 30 players. From that starting squad, (three of whom became goalkeepers) before the FIFA deadline.

Location of the event

The National Stadium is confirmed to be one of the locations for the 2020 AFF Championship. The stadium will at least host Group A matches.

Group stage

Ranking criteriaThe ranking in each group will be determined as follows: Number of points earned in all group matches; Goal difference in all group stage matches; Number of goals scored in all group stage matches. If two or more teams get the same result based on the three criteria above, the standings will be determined as follows: The results of the matches between the teams concerned; Penalty shootout if only two teams draw, and they meet in the final group stage; Drawing by the Organizing Committee.

Group A

Group B

Knockout round

Journey to the final


First Match

Second Match


First Match Second Match



A total of 88 goals were scored in 26 matches, with an average of 3.38 goals per game (as of 1 January 2021). 4 goals 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal 1 own goal Source: AFF


In this tournament, a player is suspended for the next match if he gets a red card or collects two yellow cards in two different matches. • Players who get cards in the semifinals and finals are not included here.

Tournament ranking

This table displays the ranking information for each team in this tournament.



The ball officially used for the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup is ASEAN PULSE sponsored by Warrix.


Media coverage



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