The countdown to the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 is poised to kick off as the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) today announced the Official Draw will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday, 30 August, at 15:00 MYT (GMT+8).
With new title sponsor Mitsubishi Electric Corporation on board, the renamed event AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 will see the 10 qualified teams compete for the most coveted prize in ASEAN football. Entering its 14th edition, this year’s tournament will also make a welcome return to a full home and away format. The Official Draw will divide the teams into two groups of five, with each team playing two matches at home and two away in the group stage. The top two sides of each group will advance to the knockout stages consisting of two-legged semi-finals and finals.
The Official Draw will be conducted in Bangkok, Thailand with representatives from the AFF Council, Member Associations, sponsors and some of the participating teams expected to be in attendance. The nine nations in the draw consist of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Brunei Darussalam and Timor-Leste will compete for the tenth spot during the qualification round playoff matches.
With the Official Draw for this year’s tournament approaching, the teams will soon find out what their path to be the “Kings of ASEAN football” is set to look like. Here is a quick rundown of the Official Draw for this year’s competition:
New name, new beginnings
This year’s AFF Championship, the 14th edition of the biennial competition, is officially called the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022, after the global leading integrated electronics and electrical equipment manufacturing company Mitsubishi Electric Corporation took over the reins as the title sponsor. In line with their slogan “Together, we can build better”, Mitsubishi Electric is working closely with AFF to bring the competition to the next level – one that will bring more excitement, special moments and incredible experiences to the millions of ASEAN football fans around the region.
“This landmark partnership will herald in a new era for the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup and I have great optimism that we can propel the tournament to new heights and further lift football in the region together” - AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth
In addition to a change in its name, the event will also sport a fresh new look and enhanced visuals, which fans can look forward to on the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup social media channels leading up to the tournament. Even as the tournament enters a new era, there’s one thing that will continue to stay the same – and that is the rivalry, emotion and passion which have become synonymous with the footballing event that has gripped South East Asia for more than two decades.