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Singapore to host delayed 2020 AFF Championship

by NDO28 September 2021 Last updated at 20:00 PM

Singapore National Stadium to host 2020 AFF Championship matches from the semi-finals onwards. (Photo: FAS)
Singapore National Stadium to host 2020 AFF Championship matches from the semi-finals onwards. (Photo: FAS)

VTV.vn - The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has decided to grant the right to host the delayed regional football tournament 2020 AFF Championship.

On September 28, AFF members voted to decide on the host country of the delayed championship, which was originally scheduled to run from November 23 to December 31, 2020.

Singapore received support from the majority of members and officially become the host country.

The tournament has so far been postponed and rescheduled twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the latest date pushing it back further to December 5, 2021 - January 1, 2022.

As planned, Singapore will host the tournament at three stadiums, Singapore National Stadium (55,000 seats), Bishan Stadium (over 6,000 seats) and Jalan Besar Stadium (6,000 seats, artificial tuft).

The Singapore National Stadium will only host matches involving the host country and matches from the semi-finals onwards.

It is likely that reigning champions Vietnam will have to play on artificial turf. However, this could be an advantage for the Vietnamese team as they had also to play on artificial turf at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Philippines in 2019 but excellently won the gold medal in men’s football.

AFF selected Singapore as the country fully meets the six criteria set forth by the regional football governing body for the hosting of the 2020 AFF Cup, including government support, ensuring safety and health, low risk of leading to cancellation, the interests of trading partners, and facilities and experience in organising international football events.

The Vietnamese team have the tough task of defending the AFF Cup 2020 championship title in Singapore. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam have been drawn in Group B alongside reigning runners-up Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos. Meanwhile, Group A consists of Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Timor-Leste/Brunei.

The Vietnamese team faces a tough task in defending the championship title after three years as they lost the home field advantage with the concentrated competition format.

Meanwhile, the Thai team has just appointed a new head coach with the goal of winning the regional tournament.

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