The ASEAN Football Federation’s (AFF) attempts to incorporate Southeast Asia’s professional clubs into a Super League (ASL) in the near future remain contingent on FIFA’s approval of the competition.
The hold-up with football’s top governing body was revealed by Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin in an interview with The New Paper.
“We are making good progress (on the ASL blueprint) and will likely get a clear indication from Fifa soon,” Nordin told the paper.
“The AFF has approved it and we have all the member associations of ASEAN on board, including Thailand. Thai FA president (Worawi Makudi) is in full support of the ASL. When Fifa signs off on it, we can discuss the structure and schedule of the competition.”
However, Zainudin dismissed rumours of a planned 2016 kickoff, insisting that the league committee and federations are still plotting the competition’s structure.
“Seven to nine months will be just right for the new Super League,” he elaborated. “You can’t have the ASL run for too long, because there must be enough international matches for the national teams.
“We’re going to get information from all the leagues, put it in the framework, and see how we can make it happen. The key is to provide more competitions so the national teams can improve.”
The concept of launching a joint Super League has existed in one form or another since eight years ago, becoming a hot topic in recent years after the AFF announced its intentions to develop the project during an FAS annual meeting in September 2014.