AFF Women's Championship in the Philippines postponed due to COVID-19 threat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) – The ASEAN Football Federation announced Thursday it is postponing all tournaments for the next four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since the risks of transmission of the disease at mass gatherings such as football events are high, we have made a considered decision to delay and whenever necessary to cancel our competitions to minimize social contact with the objective to protect the safety and health of our football family and communities,” said AFF President Khiev Sameth in a statement.

The competitions affected include the AFF Women’s Championship set in the Philippines in May or June this year. No new date has been announced for the regional women’s football tilt.

Also part of the postponed tournaments announced by the regional football federation in an advisory are the AFF U16 Boys’ Championship, AFF U18 Women’s Championship, and AFF U19 Boys’ Championship.

The Philippines will send a team to these tournaments.

The highly anticipated ASEAN Club Championship has been rescheduled next year. The Philippine Football Federation nominated defending Philippines Football League champions Ceres Negros F.C. to be the country’s representative in the new competition.

Other scheduled AFF competitions in the latter part of the year will still push through such as the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship and the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The Philippines is ranked 124th in the world in the men’s division and 67th in the world in the women’s side by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

The Philippine Malditas achieved its best finish in the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship in Chonburi, Thailand after placing fourth among a field of nine countries.