Should Australia join AFF Suzuki Cup 2014?

Having been formally inducted as a member of the AFF, talks are swirling that the Socceroos might appear at the Suzuki Cup next year
Goal exclusively broke the news back in April of Australia's hopes of joining the Asean Football Federation (AFF), and confirmed that the process will be made official in August.

At AFF's Extraordinary Congress in Dili, Timor Leste, on Monday the formalities were seen through and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) were made the 12th member of AFF.

“Whilst this could be seen as the final piece in Australia’s integration into AFC, it is more appropriate to say this is the beginning of a mutual commitment to the advancement of football in South East Asia," FFA Director, AFC Vice President and FIFA Executive Committee Member Moya Dodd told

Australia have been participating in AFF age-group and women's competitions since 2006 with the senior team taking part in the East Asian zone competitions.

Although the FFA had earlier stated that the senior team are unlikely to join AFF's flagship tournament, the Suzuki Cup, an FFA spokeperson hinted to Goal following Monday's meeting, that this might change.

It is believed that the Socceroos are considering the possibility of taking part in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup which will be co-hosted by Vietnam and Singapore.

Australia were a guest team at the recently concluded 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup where they finished last in the four-team tournament without registering a single victory.

News of the possible inclusion of Asia's second highest ranked team had fans in the region excited with some also questioning the level of competitiveness for weaker teams in the region.

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