Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal & Beach Soccer Committee convened a virtual meeting on November 11 to discuss new competition dates for some major tournaments in 2020 which were postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and several other issues.
Tran Anh Tu, Head of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Futsal Department and Member of the AFC Futsal & Beach Soccer Committee, attended the meeting.
One of the important contents for discussion was the organisation of the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 and the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2021.
At the meeting, Tu shared, the committee members approved new dates for the two aforementioned competitions, with the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 to take place from March 23 to April 3, 2021 and the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2021 slated for April 28-May 8.
In addition, the committee adopted the establishment of the AFC COVID-19 Subcommittee for the AFC Futsal Championship, which is tasked with settling all arising matters related to the pandemic. The decision of this committee will be the final verdict.
The AFC Futsal Championship 2020 was originally scheduled to be played in Turkmenistan between February 26 and 8 March 2020. It has been postponed several times due to the pandemic’s complicated developments before being officially moved to 2021. The tournament will act as the AFC qualifiers for the World Cup, with the top five teams to make it through to the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania.
The Vietnamese futsal team have set a target of securing a place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Vietnam have been drawn in Group A, together with Turkmenistan, Oman and Tajikistan. This group is considered a favourable one for coach Pham Minh Giang’s side are fully capable of competing for the top spot.
This is also the target aimed towards by the Vietnamese squad, because by finishing first in the group stage, they will be able to avoid a possible quarterfinal clash with powerhouse Japan, thus increasing their chances of advancing into the semi-finals.