Biennial ASEAN football show piece to be held in a centralised location amidst health and safety concerns
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29 September 2021, Singapore - Singapore will play host to the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup, which is scheduled to take place from 5 December 2021 - 1 January 2022.
The Asean Football Federation (AFF) took the decision to host the latest edition of the tournament in a centralised venue instead of its usual home and away format so that the competition could be held in the safest manner - prioritising the health and safety of all the teams, players, coaches, staff and fans.
Having considered several compelling bids from member associations, the AFF confirmed Singapore as the venue for this year's tournament at a virtual meeting yesterday.
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There will be no change to the main competition format - with each team playing four fixtures in a round robin system at the Group stage and the semi-finals and finals played across two-legs.
In a virtual draw conducted last week, host nation Singapore have been drawn in Group A and will be coming up against five-time champions Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar and the winner of a pre-qualification match between Brunei and Timor Leste; while 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup champions Vietnam have been drawn together with Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos in Group B.