HANOI (19 July 2011) – The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) have set themselves the target of being in the top ASEAN team and in the bracket of the top ten Asian teams by 2020.
Pham Ngoc Vien, the vice president of the VFF, made the statement following a meeting between the national football body and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism who was led by Minister Hoang Tuan Anh.
Vietnam are currently placed third in ASEAN behind Thailand and Indonesia and 21st in Asia.
Among the strategy that will be adopted are develop football in a more professional manner and help clubs strengthen their financial resources and organisation to compete successfully in continental-level competitions.
The cooperation between the two parties also hope to create favourable conditions to develop football at the youth and grassroots level as well as develop innovation of management and commercial activities to increase the quality of national championships.
Thu far, Vietnam’s only claim to success at the regional level following their re-integration into international football in 1991 was winning the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008.