The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) on April 3 announced that an ASEAN Super League will kick off in 2015.

The national news agency of Malaysia, Bernama, quoted AFF Committee member and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Deputy President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as saying that 16 teams are expected to take part in the event.

"Competitions will be held on a franchise basis with each team allowed to register two players from an ASEAN country and six players from non-ASEAN countries," he said.

According to Tengku, the setting up of the ASEAN Super League was proposed by the AFF to further develop football in the region and to be able to compete against bigger teams in Asia.

Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines are expected to field two teams each, he added.-VNA