VFF President Tuan set sight on international success in his tenure
VGP — New President of the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan plans to guide the national football teams to higher international level in his term of 2022-2026.
Nguyen was elected VFF's top leader during the federation's ninth congress held on November 6 in Ha Noi.
The congress was attended by 73/74 national delegates, along with officials from FIFA, the world football federation, AFC, the continental confederation and AFF, the regional football governing body.
Nguyen was supported by 100 per cent of the delegates and will be assisted by three vice presidents. Vice President Tran Anh Tu will be in charge of profession; Vice President Nguyen Trung Kien will take responsibility for finance and sponsorship and Vice President Nguyen Xuan Vu will cover Public Relations and Communication.
The quartet joins with other 13 delegates to make up the VFF's Executive Committee in the next four years.
The committee appointed Duong Nghiep Khoi as the VFF General Secretary.
Nguyen said it was his honour to be the President of VFF. However, this is one of the most important positions with high pressure for anyone, especially when the country has had earn remarkable successes recently.
"Vietnamese football has developed and achieved impressive achievements. The men's and women's football teams and futsal squad have had successful tournaments," he said.
"The Vietnamese women's team won tickets to the 2023 World Cup, the U23 defended the SEA Games title, and the futsal team won berth to the World Cup. Meanwhile young sides secured slots at the Asian tournaments."
He said as the new president and the Executive Committee will have to work hard to at least maintain the nation's performance and build plans to lead Viet Nam to be in Asian leading group and secure a World Cup slot as soon as possible.
Speaking at the congress, AFF President Khiev Sameth said AFF is proud of the contributions of Vietnamese football over the past time. Those achievements are largely due to the efforts you have devoted to football as well as the wise leadership and progressive spirit of the VFF leadership team.
He believed that under the new executive committee, especially President Tuan, Vietnamese football will continue taking outstanding results and qualify for the World Cup in 2026 or 2030.
Since the 2026 edition, the number of participants will be increased from 32 to 48, opening door for more countries including Viet Nam and ASEAN countries.
Tuan and the executive committee had their first meeting discussing about Viet Nam's goals in their tenure.
The national men's football team will be Asian top 10 in 2030. They will reach the third qualifying round of the 2026 World Cup and attend the 2030 World Cup Finals. In the continental competitions, the team target quarterfinals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup and a berth in the 2027 AFC Asian Cup. The must advance to finals of the AFF Cup 2022, 2024 and 2026 and win at least one title.
The U23 side strives for high rankings at the AFC U23 Asian Cup in 2024 and 2026. They are asked to win gold medal at the SEA Games 2023 and 2025.
Junior teams regularly attend the finals of Asian youth tournaments. The U17 and U20 teams compete for a place in the 2023 and 2025 FIFA World Cup Finals.
The national women's football team will be in the top six in Asia. They will be given best conditions to compete effectively in the 2023 Women's World Cup.
The team will have to defend their crown at the SEA Games in 2023 and 2025 and vie for championship title of the AFF Championship.
The U17 and U20 women's national team needs to advance to the final round of the AFC's competitions; and compete for a place in the FIFA World Cup U17 and U20 Finals.
The men's futsal team sets sight on top three in the Southeast Asia. They are ordered to qualify for the final rounds of the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2024 and 2026, the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup, and final matches of the SEA Games and AFF Championship.
The women's futsal team targets top three in the region and regularly attends the Asian Women's Futsal Finals.
In other activities, VFF will have to work harder to improve quality of both professional and non-professional tournaments.
The federation will coordinate with the Ministry of Education and Training and relevant agencies and departments to have appropriate solutions for development of football in schools; organize tournaments for school on a regional and national scale. The school tournaments will be main source to provide talented players to the national football./.