The bar is set to be lowered.
The New Paper understands that plans are underway to turn the football tournament at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games — which currently features only players under the age of 23 — into an Under-21 competition.
But the rules are unlikely to kick in before the next Games in June 2015, which will be hosted by Singapore.
Asean Football Federation (AFF) general secretary Azzudin Ahmad confirmed this in a telephone interview with TNP last night.
He said: “Yes, it is possible that football at the SEA Games will be an U-21 tournament in the future.
“This is something that has been discussed by the AFF council.
“But it is not a certainty yet... we will continue to explore the idea.”
Football at the biennial SEA Games has been an U-23 tournament since 2001.