Imagine this. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Football Fedration (AFF) propose a bid to FIFA to host the 2026 World Cup.

from wikipedia

It will be not only be a hit of massive proportions but bringing the World Cup closer to home will bring joy to the football-loving one billion ASEAN population (by 2026).


Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Bangkok, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Pehn, Yangon, and Vientiane will be hosting the group games.  Logistically, the countries will only need to focus on one venue per country and no additional cost to build more stadiums. It will be interesting to note that the Football Federation of Australia is part of the AFF and including them as hosts would add to the fun as well.

For the ASEAN representative, qualification will be done via the Suzuki Cup where the winners would not only play in the tournament but also host the World Cup Final as well.  Since the ASEAN integration will already start by 2015, I think the time is right for us to dream and eventually make this into reality.

2 thoughts on “2026 FIFA WORLD CUP – ASEAN

  1. To clarify things given above, ASEAN won’t and will never have a chance to host in 2026 and 2030 FIFA World Cup.. they will automatically disqualified since 2022 will be hosted by Qatar.. Asian Football Confederation will be allowed to bid and to host the tournament on 2034.. Union of European Football Association (UEFA) is also not allowed to host on 2022 & 2026 since 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia which is part of UEFA..

    • Thanks Ramson for the comment. The things mentioned above are all dream scenarios and nothing else where the objective is to raise the idea of ASEAN hosting the tournament.

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