The Axiata Cup will include Men’s teams from the following nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The championship is sanctioned by the Badminton Asian Confederation (BAC) and the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and organized by Total Sports Asia (TSA). The Axiata Cup will capitalize on the popularity of National Team competitions such as the Thomas Cup and the Sudirman Cup and will use a three-match format including two singles and one doubles match per tie which gives more teams an opportunity to win). Each team consists of six players as the coach may elect to replace singles/doubles players from day to day (back-up players). Teams may also field up to two foreign players each—this means that even lower ranked teams can recruit the world’s top talent to boost their chances against the top teams.