KUALA LUMPUR: The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), the governing body for football in Southeast Asia, has confirmed that it will establish a ‘super league’ competition in 2015.

Sixteen teams are expected to take part in the inaugural event, with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines expected to field two teams each. AFF committee member and Football Association of Malaysia deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said that the league would be formed to help develop sport across the region.

“Details of the league are still being discussed but as for now, 16 teams from Asean countries may take part because each country can send two teams,” he said. “The competition will be held on a franchise basis with each team allowed to register two players from an Asean country and six players from non-Asean countries.”

Speculation surrounding the possible launch of the regional competition started about three years ago following concerns about the standards of football in Southeast Asia.


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