VOV.VN - Vietnam’s U23 national football team have been selected in the third-seed group for the 2022 U23 Asian Cup, alongside regional powerhouses Japan, Qatar, and Iraq.
The seeds are to be divided into four groups of four based on each country’s performance in the 2020 U23 AFC Championship.
The first-seed group comprise hosts Uzbekistan, defending champions the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.
Thailand are in the second-seed group alongside Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Iran.
The remaining teams, Kuwait, Malaysia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, are in the fourth-seed group.
Vietnam exited the 2020 tournament in the group stage, meaning they have been placed in the third group alongside Iraq, Qatar, and Japan, all of whom were also eliminated previously.
The Vietnamese team successfully qualified for the finals of the 2022 tournament after beating Myanmar by 1-0 on November 2, topping Group I.
This marks the fourth consecutive time that the U23 side have qualified for the tournament. The best result achieved by Vietnam was back in the 2018 AFC Championships in China, where they finished as runners-up.
U23 Asian Cup 2022 is scheduled to take place in Uzbekistan from June 1 to June 19. So far, the AFC has yet to announce the time and location for the group stage’s draw ceremony.