The Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) has set a goal of developing the country into one of the top 10 football countries in Asia by 2020, as outlined in its football strategy for the 2011-20 period.
Shooting high: Viet Nam aims to become one of the top ten football teams in Asia by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY —
The strategy was explained by VFF's vice president Pham Ngoc Vien in a recent meeting between the country's football governing body and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, led by Minister Hoang Tuan Anh.
VFF also aims to push Viet Nam into the top place in Southeast Asia in the next 10 years.
Viet Nam's current ranking is third in the region, behind Thailand and Indonesia.
The strategy also aims to develop football in a more professional manner and help clubs strengthen their financial resources and organisation to compete successfully in continental-level competitions.
It will also 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.
Since its reintegration into regional and continental football in 1991, Viet Nam has made significant progress at the regional level.
The country has gone from the bottom to becoming one of the strongest football teams in Southeast Asia, winning the region's prestigious football championship in 2008.
However, in continental and world competitions, Viet Nam is still considered a minnow and has never qualified for the Asian football championship, let alone for the FIFA World Cup. — VNS