Vietnam Football Federation convenes annual congress

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) convened its annual congress of the eighth tenure (2018-2022) in Hanoi on December 29.

VFF President Le Khanh Hai speaks at the congress. (Photo: VFF)
VFF President Le Khanh Hai speaks at the congress. (Photo: VFF)

The event was attended by Tran Duc Phan, Deputy Director of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training; Winston Lee, General Secretary of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF); leaders of the VFF; together with representatives of the federation’s member organisations.

In his speech, VFF President Le Khanh Hai asked delegates representing the VFF’s member organisations to focus on analysing the shortcomings of Vietnamese football over the past year, pointing out the inadequacies that need addressing, working out the causes and proposing solutions to develop Vietnamese football to new heights and sustainable integration.

He also urged the building of measures and plans towards the goal of securing a place in the 2026 World Cup.

For his part, AFF General Secretary Winston Lee expressed his huge appreciation for the significant achievements Vietnamese football has attained in recent years, attributing that success to a combination of various factors, including the management work.

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AFF General Secretary Winston Lee attends the annual congress of the VFF. (Photo: VFF)

As reported at the congress, Vietnam’s football in 2019 has obtained outstanding achievements, reflecting a continuation of the success within the past three years. The results achieved by the national teams and the youth teams have positively affected the image of Vietnamese football in the international arena, helping the country to accumulate valuable experience, thus creating a foundation for the sustainable development of the national squads in the future.

In 2020, the VFF will focus on strengthening professionalism in the organisation and the competitions of Vietnam’s professional tournaments; improving the selection, training and quality of referees in service of domestic competitions; and working with localities and professional clubs to ensure the construction of standard stadium infrastructure that meet the requirements of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and professional football.

On the basis of cooperation agreements to support the development of Vietnamese football between the VFF and Vingroup, projects regarding youth football development will be prioritised for investment, focusing on improving the quality of national junior football tournaments and increasing the number of matches in the year to better serve the development of young players.

In addition, the VFF will strive to realise the key goals, including securing a place in the third round of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers, defending the AFF Cup title, qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and vying for a place in the 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup.