Football: Australia joins as 12th AFF member
SYDNEY (AP) - Football Federation Australia (FFA) says it has been admitted as a full member of the Asean Football Federation (AFF) after a regional meeting in East Timor.
Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 and now has been formally integrated into the South-east Asian federation, one of four regional groups in the continental football organisation.
AFF secretary-general Azzuddin Ahmad said in a statement issued by FFA that Australia "today joins the other 11 countries of AFF as an equal, and we look forward to working closely with Australia in the years to come".
Australia, which qualified for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals from the Asian zone, is due to host the Asian Cup in 2015.