Vietnamese fans allowed to attend World Cup qualifiers

Vietnamese spectators will be able to attend the men’s national football team’s matches in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the organisers have announced.

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Members of Vietnam men's football team celebrate a goal during a match held at Al Maktoum Stadium of the UAE. (File photo: VNA)

Crowds will be at 30 percent of stadium capacity, divided equally between the two teams except for when hosts the UAE are playing, when away fans have only 10 percent.

Spectators must have tested negative for the coronavirus no longer than 48 hours prior to kick-off and be vaccinated. They also need to comply with preventive measures during games.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed.

Many Vietnamese citizens in the UAE, especially those with visas valid for at least two years, have been fully vaccinated.

Vietnam will play Indonesia on June 7, Malaysia four days later, and the UAE on June 15. 

Vietnam, UAE bolster cooperation in football development


Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan on June 1 paid a working visit to the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA).

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Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation Tran Quoc Tuan (second from right) at the working session. (Photo: VNA)

During his meeting with UAEFA President Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi and General Secretary Mohammed Hazzam Al Dhaheri, Tuan thanked the hosts for creating optimal conditions for the two Vietnamese squads to train and play matches in the country, given that the UAE still faces challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam’s futsal team recently competed at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup's Asian playoffs in the UAE while the men’s football team is to play remaining games of the second round of the World Cup Asian qualifiers.

On the basis of the sound relationship of the two football bodies over the past years, leaders of the VFF and the UAEFA discussed fields of cooperation in the new period, thereby elevating the relations to a new height, in a more practical and effective manner.

They spoke highly of the collaboration and support for activities of national teams, as well as plans in training and holding friendlies, and helping young players compete in international tourneys arranged by the two football organisations, plus assistance for each other at international forums, among others.

Leaders of the VFF and the UAEFA consented to specify cooperation plans in the future for the implementation of their cooperation memorandum of understanding, for the sake of football development in Vietnam and the UAE.


Coach Park announces squad for World Cup qualifiers

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