| HANOI (30 April 2009) – Monika Staab, the FIFA consultant on women’s football said that to improve the quality of women’s football, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) should increase the number of matches being played.
Staab, who met the chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation, the general secretary and representatives of VFF’s Womens’ Football Depertment, said that apart from increasing the number of games in national football tournament, there should also be further development in schools.
“The VFF should coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Training and related ministries and departments to organize mini-football events at festivals for young girls,” said Staab.
“And they should not wait until girls reached the age of 15-years-old to introduce them to the sport. Instead, six-to eight-year-olds should be encourage to play.”
Staab acknowledged that the Vietnam’s U-19 women’s football team had improved considerably as a result of VFF’s decision to allow teams of eleven players to participate instead of just seven.