Hà Nội FC gamers practice forward of the 2022 V.League 1 season, which has been delayed. Photograph thanhnien.vn
By Peter Cowan
It’s the age-old query: which got here first, the rooster or the egg?
Science has but to definitively reply this explicit riddle, nevertheless it appears to me the boffins who run soccer in Việt Nam are fairly assured you don’t even want an egg to finish up with a rooster.
Bear with me, however on this metaphor the V.League 1 and different home soccer is the egg, whereas the nationwide staff success that we’ve loved in the previous couple of years is the rooster.
The disregard with which all issues home soccer are handled on this nation reached new heights final week, when the Việt Nam Skilled Soccer Firm (VPF) introduced the beginning of the 2022 season can be delayed by per week.
The choice makes zero sense when you think about it was made solely per week after the unique begin date of the season was introduced, and if you take a look at the VPF’s said motive.
In accordance with zingnews.vn, the VPF stated the opening kickoff was delayed to provide the nationwide staff gamers extra time to get well after their upcoming World Cup fixtures towards Australia and China.
Frankly this doesn’t maintain water, as these nationwide staff fixture dates had been recognized months earlier than the unique league beginning date announcement was made, so why wasn’t the later beginning date the primary one to be made public?
Regardless of the motive, the result’s one more instance of membership soccer being checked out as secondary to nationwide staff success.
It will get worse although, as with the delay announcement got here the discharge of some fixture dates for membership soccer, together with a whopping 15-week break between the fourth and fifth spherical of V.League 1 matches.
This break appears to be in place to permit the U22 nationwide staff to arrange for and play within the residence SEA Video games in Could.
I perceive the SEA Video games are essential and I’m excited to have the prospect to attend some occasions right here in Hà Nội, however pausing knowledgeable soccer season for 4 months the advantage of an U22 staff is ridiculous.
What probability does the league have to draw followers and viewers, and due to this fact sponsors, with such an enormous hole within the season? A 12 months after the season was scrapped altogether, no much less.
How can home soccer develop when it all the time has to make manner for nationwide staff considerations?
Getting again to poultry-based metaphors, you may’t have a rooster with out an egg, and it’s the identical for Vietnamese soccer.
We wouldn’t have loved the nationwide staff’s AFF Cup glory in 2018 or the run to the AFC U23 remaining the identical 12 months with out the V.League.
That’s as a result of for all its issues, the V.League 1 remains to be the place the place all nationwide staff gamers have to start out their growth.
Ask any coach or professional they usually’ll agree that enjoying senior soccer towards professionals does way more for a younger participant’s growth than going through off towards solely their friends ever may.
When livelihoods are on the road, the boys are separated from the boys and we see which boys are able to make the step up.
Whereas they’ve outgrown the V.League 1 by now, the likes of Nguyễn Quang Hải and Nguyễn Hoàng Đức wouldn’t be the place they’re now with out Vietnamese membership soccer, they usually’d be even additional alongside of their growth if we had a stronger, extra skilled V.League 1.
Which is why it’s such a disgrace that the native sport isn’t being given an opportunity to develop. VNS