INDONESIA - The annual congress of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) in Medan, North Sumatera, ended on Sunday with a proposal for ASEAN to host the 2034 World Cup, which will be submitted to ASEAN member states for consideration.
AFF secretary-general Azzuddin Ahmad said hosting a World Cup would be important in the development of football in all AFF member countries.
"The AFF is committed to host the 2034 World Cup in ASEAN. We have yet to select a host nation [for the event]," Ahmad said in a press conference at Grand Angkasa Hotel in Medan on Sunday.
"This proposal is essential toward the development of football in every country within the AFF in order for us to compete with other countries, especially those in Europe and South America."
The 11th annual congress was held from Friday until Sunday with participants from 12 countries - Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Australia.
The congress discussed various programs for this year as well as evaluating the previous year's activities.
Azzuddin said the AFF had organised various tournaments both at club and national team levels.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) chairman Djohar Arifin Husin said apart from the proposal to host World Cup, the congress also decided to host several championships including the AFF Under-19 Women's Championship in August in Thailand, the AFF Futsal Championship in September in Malaysia and the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam.
Qualification rounds for the AFF Suzuki Cup will be held in Laos on Oct. 12-20 while the group stage will be held on Nov. 22-29. Singapore will host Group A, while Vietnam will host Group B. The semifinal first legs will be played on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 with the second legs on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 in a home-and-away system. The first leg of the final will be held on Dec. 17 with the second leg on Dec. 20.