According to the Vietnam Football Federation, on July 14, the
ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has officially named Vietnam
and Indonesia as co-hosting
countries for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010, with Malaysia as a standby country.
The regulations for the Cup are the same as the two previous
events. Specifically, the six national football teams who had the best records will
be directly entered into the final round (including Vietnam,
Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore and Myanmar). The five
weaker countries of Lao DRP, Brunei,
Cambodia, the Philippines and East Timor
will battle each other in qualifying round for two places in the final round.
AFF also announced the schedule for the qualifying round,
from 16-24 October 2010 in Lao DRP (Brunei will be the standby country).
Round-table for the Cup will be held from 1- 7 December 2010
(Group A) and 2- 8 December 2010 (Group B). The first leg of the semi-final
round will take place from 15 – 16 December 2010, and the second leg of the
semi-final round is on the 18 – 19 December. The ASEAN football body governing
agency said that the first leg of the final match will be held on the 26
December 2010 and the last match will be held on the 29 December 2010.
By co-hosting the event, Vietnam
will be able to create favorable conditions to defend its championship because Thailand, in
the 2008 Cup, had “cleverly” created a lot of unfavorable conditions for their rivals
by selecting Phuket province as the venue.
has less favorable conditions than Thailand
due to the fact that, whatever playing in a hosting or visiting stadium, Vietnam has to
pass through the qualifying round.
In the 1998 and 2004 Cups, the Vietnam national team had never
ever gained a championship.
In the history of the Tiger Cup and AFF Cup, Thailand and Singapore are the two hosting
counties to stand on top. Vietnam,
in this upcoming event is hoping to become the third team to gain this title.