AFL Asia, in conjunction with the Thailand Tigers Australian Football Club, has today announced that the 2021 Asian Championships, scheduled for August 28 in Pattaya, Thailand, will be postponed.

The health and safety of the travelling parties was the number one priority in the decision to postpone the event, and AFL Asia maintains that has been, and will be, their continued focus.

AFL Asia and the Thailand Tigers Australian Football Club will be monitoring all travel restrictions for the remainder of the year to ensure the suitability and timing of this years ‘Champs, and the viability for teams to travel and avoid quarantine on either side of their respective journeys.

AFL Asia and the Thailand Tigers Australian Football Club will continue to remain agile in their decision making as they look for an amiable solution to hosting the 2021 Asian Championships, which AFL Asia maintains is a very important event in the annual calendar.

Thailand Tigers Australian Football Club President, John Wellby, remains hopeful in hosting the event this year, stating “the event is of great benefit to the Club and all participants as an opportunity to showcase the growth and development of the game in the region for our players, partners and supporters”.

AFL Asia can assure our community that we are working hard to find possible dates and locations for a rescheduled event, including possible shifts to other countries in the region. AFL Asia Development Manager, Simon Highfield, wants to remind all that “AFL Asia had a number of contingency plans in place related to the AFL Asia 2020 Asian Championships, and this is no different for 2021. We remain hopeful that it can still be held in the back end of the year, albeit when travel restrictions are lifted across the region”. 

AFL Asia will make available any information as soon as it’s confirmed and look forward to putting on AFL Asia’s premier tournament when conditions have improved.