Australia officially joins AFF
MANILA, Philippines – Australia has formally been admitted as a full member to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) after a unanimous vote by the 11 member associations of the federation in Timor Leste on Monday.
In a statement on its website, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said they are “honored to be admitted to the ASEAN Football Federation.”
“We look forward to being an active member, and to contributing to the ongoing development and success of football in our region,” FFA general secretary and chief executive David Gallop said.
AFF president His Royal Highness Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah welcomed Australia into the federation, saying: “Timor Leste was the last member of the AFF. It is only fitting that we are all here today for this proud nation to pass the baton to Australia.”
Australia’s inclusion into the AFF comes on the eve of an important milestone in the countdown to the country’s hosting of the AFC Asian Cup in 2015.
“Tomorrow will mark 500 days to go until the AFC Asian Cup comes to Australian shores. As a member of AFF, we will do our upmost to do ASEAN, and indeed all of Asia, proud,” said Gallop.
Australia is currently ranked 46th by FIFA.