|The Vietnamese women’s football team
The decision by the AFC looks set to boost national women’s football teams throughout Asia by allowing them more opportunities to compete in the continent’s top tournament.
Currently led by head coach Mai Duc Chung, the Vietnamese team will have a much easier task of progressing from future qualifying rounds for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
The move comes following FIFA’s decision to increase the number of teams competing in the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 as of 2023. The changes will see the Asian region have either seven or eight sides competing in the global event, with the Vietnamese team having a greater chance of making it to future tournaments.
In addition to this announcement, the AFC have also chosen India to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022. All matches in the competition will take place across three Indian cities, including Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Goa during April.
Ahead for the Vietnamese women’s football team are play-off matches against Australia for a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with the national team set to put in plenty of preparation ahead of the fixtures.