Australia has become a full member of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), which represents the Association of South East Asian Nations.
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the sport’s national governing body, received the ratification on Monday. The support for Australia’s inclusion in the body was unanimous, with all 11 member associations voting in favour of the move at an AFF Extraordinary Congress in Dili, Timor Leste.
“We look forward to being an active member and to contributing to the ongoing development and success of football in our region,” FFA general secretary and chief executive David Gallop said. Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 after moving from the Oceania Football Federation.
The invitation to become a member of the AFF has followed Australia’s move to the AFC. FFA director and AFC vice-president Moya Dodd added: “Whilst this could be seen as the final piece in Australia’s integration into the AFC, it is more appropriate to say this is the beginning of a mutual commitment to the advancement of football in South East Asia.”