|Region||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Number of teams||10 (finals)|
11 (eligible to enter qualification)
|Most successful team(s)|
The AFF Championship (known formally as the ASEAN Football Federation Championship) is a biennial international association football competition, contested by the men's national teams of the member of ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), determining the sub-continental champion of Southeast Asia.
It was founded as the Tiger Cup after Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries, makers of Tiger Beer, sponsored the competition from its inauguration in 1996 until the 2004 edition. After Asia Pacific Breweries withdrew as title sponsors, the competition was known as the AFF Championship for the 2007 edition. From 2008, Japanese auto-company Suzuki bought the naming rights for the competition, and the competition has therefore been named the AFF Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons.
The winner of the AFF Championship qualifies for the AFF–EAFF Champions Trophy.
The 12 AFF Championship tournaments have been won by four national teams; Thailand have won five titles, Singapore has four titles, Vietnam has two titles and Malaysia with one title.
The most recent championship in 2018, was won by Vietnam, who beat Malaysia 3–2 on aggregate in the final.
The first ASEAN Championship took place in 1996 with the six founding members of ASEAN Federation competing with four nations being invited that came in that region. The final saw Thailand become the first champions of ASEAN as they defeated Malaysia 1-0 in Singapore.The top four nations automatically qualified through to the finals in the following edition. This meant the other six nations had to compete in qualifying for the remaining four spots. Myanmar, Singapore, Laos and Philippines all made it through to the main tournament.
Sports marketing, media and event management firm, Lagardère Sports has been involved in the tournament since the inaugural edition in 1996.
Between 1996 and 2006, Tiger Beer was the title sponsor. Suzuki Motors has been title sponsor of the tournament since 2008.
|#||Year||Host||Final||Third place play-off|
|3–3 aet |
|2–2 aet |
From 2004, the knockout stage is played over two legs on a home-and-away format.
|#||Year||Group Stage Host||Final||Third place play-off|
|won 5–2 on aggregate|
Since the 2007 edition, there was no third place match. Hence, semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Moreover, the away goals rule was initially not applied in the earlier tournaments, but only from the 2010 edition.
|#||Year||Group Stage Host||Final||Semi-finalists|
|won 3–2 on aggregate|
|won 3–2 on aggregate|
|won 4–2 on aggregate|
|won 3–2 on aggregate|
|won 4–3 on aggregate|
|won 3–2 on aggregate|
Starting with the 2018 edition, a new format was applied. The nine highest ranked teams would automatically qualify with the 10th and 11th ranked teams playing in a two-legged qualifier. The 10 teams were split in two groups of five and play a round robin system, with each team playing two home and two away fixtures. A draw was made to determine where the teams play while the format of the knockout round remained unchanged.
|won 3–2 on aggregate|
|Team||Champions||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place||Semi-finalists||Total Top 4|
|5 (1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016)||3 (2007, 2008, 2012)||–||1 (1998)||1 (2018)||10|
|4 (1998, 2004/05, 2007, 2012)||–||–||–||1 (2008)||5|
|2 (2008, 2018)||1 (1998)||2 (1996, 2002)||1 (2000)||4 (2007, 2010, 2014, 2016)||10|
|1 (2010)||3 (1996, 2014, 2018)||2 (2000, 2004/05)||1 (2002)||2 (2007, 2012)||9|
|–||5 (2000, 2002, 2004/05, 2010, 2016)||1 (1998)||1 (1996)||1 (2008)||8|
|–||–||–||–||4 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)||4|
|–||–||–||1 (2004/05)||1 (2016)||2|
|Not an AFF member||×||×||×||0|
|Part of Indonesia||×||GS||•||•||•||•||•||•||GS||2|
|Tournament||Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer||Goals||Fair Play|
|1||12||70||43||16||11||151||88||+63||145||Champions(1996, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016)|
|3||12||62||31||12||19||157||111||+57||105||Runner-up(2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2016)|
|5||12||56||28||14||14||102||54||+48||98||Champions(1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)|
|6||12||42||14||7||21||54||91||-37||49||Semi-finalist (2004, 2016)|
|7||11||40||8||4||28||35||44||–9||28||Semi-finalist (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018)|
|8||11||35||2||5||30||29||141||–121||11||Group stage (11 times)|
|9||7||26||3||0||23||23||91||–68||9||Group stage (7 times)|
|10||1||4||1||0||3||1||15||–14||3||Group stage (1996)|
|11||2||8||0||0||8||6||32||–26||0||Group stage (2004, 2018)|
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