Vietnam will play a series of games in the third and final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, Asian region, at My Dinh national stadium in Hanoi, a representative of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) confirmed late on July 14.
The representative said the VFF has put forward a plan shortly after the fixtures were announced, to report to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and ask for permission from the competent authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to work with the VFF to finalize a detailed plan on the organization and management of the matches in accordance with the regulations, guidelines and general principles of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), as well as in accordance with regulations and guidelines on disease prevention and control of Vietnam, and to submit a proposal to the Government for consideration and approval.
The news comes following the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s warning that the Vietnamese team may be forced to play their World Cup qualifiers at a neutral venue if their home venue does not meet conditions.
Amidst rising COVID-19 threats globally, the organization of international tournaments must follow special procedures of the FIFA and AFC. In addition, the organizers must also ensure the epidemic prevention and control of the host country.
Vietnam will play in Group B alongside Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, and Oman, all of which are considered to be strong Asian powershouses.
They will play five home and five away matches in total, with the first set of fixtures to begin in September, and the reverse fixtures to take place from November until March 2022.