AFC Statement on the Asean Club Championship

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Press Release

6th November 2019

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) refers to recent media reports on the Asean Club Championship and the possibility of the tournament’s winner participating in the newly expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 in China PR.

The AFC wishes to reiterate that AFC representative teams to the FIFA Club World Cup will only be through the AFC Club Competitions namely the AFC Champions League.

The AFC confirms that it has received a proposal to organise the Asean Club Championship from the Asean Football Federation (AFF). While the AFC welcomes all efforts by the AFF to support the development of club football in the region, there are processes that need to be followed, especially in ensuring all outstanding issues are clarified before the approval.


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