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Football Federation Australia (FFA) has officially joined the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) as adopted unanimously by the 11 members of the AFF AFF Extraordinary Congress in Dili, East Timor, Monday (08/26/2013).

"Football Federation Australia are honored to enter into the ASEAN Football Federation. We hope to be an active member and contribute to the development and success of soccer in our region," said FFA Secretary General and CEO, David Gallop on the official site.

Secretary General of the AFF, Azzuddin Ahmad, said he was happy Australia could join the ASEAN region. He hopes, AFF could increase cooperation with Australia to South East Asian football can develop better.

Meanwhile, the AFC Vice President and member of the FIFA executive, Moya Dodd added, "This could be seen as the final piece in Austalia integration into AFC. But, now more appropriate to say this is the beginning of a shared commitment to the advancement of soccer in South East Asia."

Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 2006, moved from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is less competitive. Against teams OFC member states, which mostly amateur teams in the Pacific Islands, Australia usual harvest victory with double-digit goals.

The Socceroos, who is currently ranked 46th in the FIFA rankings, then a member of the AFF and regular invitations to compete at a young age level in the federation of 11 states.

Currently, Australia is following the tournament AFF U-16 Cup in Myanmar. With the inauguration of the membership, then they will also take part AFF Women's Cup and the AFF Futsal Cup this year.

Australia also previously had expressed no plans appeared on the implementation of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014, which followed the national teams that rank in the top 100 in the FIFA rankings.

Last changed: Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:57 pm

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