The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup will be recognized as a Category A-ranked tournament, which means FIFA world ranking points will be offered for the participating teams.
“We recently got a declaration from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that the AFF Cup now offers international ranking points,” AFF General Secretary Datuk Seri Azzuddin Ahmad confirmed.
“We had got our 11 member associations to make an appeal to the AFC. Through their backing and support, the AFF Cup has now risen in prestige”, he added.
The AFF Cup has previously been considered a friendly competition by FIFA. However, due to attendances TV viewing figures rising recently, the tournament will be granted a global status.