WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: VFF AimTo Host 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup
HANOI (5 Oct 2012) – The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) are planning to put in a bid to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2014, as part of their plan to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada the year after.
With qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada a distinct possibility following the increase in the number of teams from 16 to 24, the VFF are taking all possible steps to make sure that they make the cut for the biggest tournament in the women’s game.
The Vietnam national women’s side had also won the AFF Women’s Championship recently when they beat Myanmar in the final.
“FIFA’s decision to expand the number of Asian participants to five opens the door for Vietnam. We will make the best of it,” said Nguyen Trong Hy (pix), the president of the VFF.
“We will give special support to the team in 2014, and the federation will cover all training expenses for our players.”
The VFF also revealed that that they will be calling up the Vietnam national U19 team for an overseas training camp early next year where they have identified Japan, South Korea or China as possible destinations.
“Japan might be our first choice because we have a really good relationship with them. The Japanese federation has also promised to bring some Vietnamese players to play in their league starting next year. It is a good news for Vietnam,” added Trong Hy.