DILI (19 Jan 2011) – The Asean Football Federation (AFF) have not received any official notification from ASEAN with regards to the bid proposal for the 2030 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by nations in the Southeast Asian region.
As a result the AFF, an organisation comprising 11 nations in Southeast Asia, are unable to comment on this matter. The AFF’s knowledge about the bid at this juncture is what has been reported in the media.
As an organisation that is committed to the development of the beautiful game in the region, AFF will offer all the support and assistance to the relevant bodies if and when it is required. A statement will be issued later when more information on the bid is made available to the AFF.
At a recent meeting of the ASEAN foreign ministers, it was proposed that a joint bid is submitted to FIFA to host the 2030 World Cup. The proposal from the foreign ministers will be tabled at the next ASEAN meeting in May.
For the record, the AFF have continuously done everything within our ability to develop the game in the region, from hosting youth events and seminars to organising the highly successful AFF Suzuki Cup.