AFF backs Indonesia-Thailand bid for 2034 Fifa World Cup

Joint bid for soccer championship approved and Joko Driyono appointed vice president.

AFF backs Indonesia-Thailand bid for 2034 Fifa World Cup

The Asean Football Federation (AFF) has confirmed its support for a joint proposal from Indonesia and Thailand to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup, the quadrennial men’s international soccer tournament.

The AFF, a smaller organisation within the greater Asian Football Confederation that centres on south-east Asian soccer nations, had previously met with the national associations of Indonesia (PSSI) and Thailand (FAT) to discuss a shared bid for global flagship event.  

The announcement was made at the 12th AFF Council Meeting that was held immediately after the AFF Congress in Bali. The exact details of the bid process will be announced at a later date.

“Both the PSSI and the FAT have the support of their respective governments and as such, we at the AFF are supportive of this joint bid,” said Dato’ Sri Azzuddin Ahmad, the general secretary of the AFF.

Meanwhile, Joko Driyono, the deputy president of the PSSI, has been appointed as the new vice president of the AFF. Joko’s appointment came about following the withdrawal of Tran Quoc Tuan, the vice president of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).