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Participation:

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12 full ASEAN member associations are eligible for participation, as well as invited teams, members of the AFC outside ASEAN countries.



11 teams enter in the competition:

- 11 of the 12 ASEAN member associations.



Players born on or after 1 January 2001 are eligible for participation.





Group stage:

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Format:

All matches from the Group stage and Knockout stage take place in Cambodia.

11 teams are drawn into 1 group of 6 teams (Group A) and 1 group of 5 teams (Group B).

Each team plays the others from its own group once - for a total of 5 games each (4 games each for Group B teams), over 5 game weeks.



Scoring points:

3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.



Table order:

1. points won; 2. points in head-to-head matches; 3. goal difference in hth matches; 4. goals scored in hth matches; 5. total goal difference; 6. total goals scored; 7.* penalties; 8. fairplay ranking; 9. draw.

* - only in case of a tie between exactly two teams which play each other in the final round of the group.



Qualification for the Knockout stage:

1-2 place of each group: qualify for the Knockout stage





Knockout stage:

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Format:

4 teams from the Group stage contest the AFF U16 Championship winner in a knockout format.



Semi-finals:

Teams are paired according to their Group stage standings:

1st in Group A vs 2nd in Group B;

1st in Group B vs 2nd in Group A.

Winners are decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.



3rd Place:

The two Semi-finals losers meet each other to contest 3-4 place.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.



Final:

The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming AFF U16 Championship winner.

Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.