Việt Nam nationwide ladies’s soccer group coaching earlier than the thirty first SEA Video games. The group started a coaching camp on Could 30 in Hà Nội forward of the AFF Cup in July. — VNA/VNS Picture
HÀ NỘI — The nationwide ladies’s soccer group gathered to coach on Could 30 in preparation for the AFF Cup, which is able to happen in July within the Philippines.
Coach Mai Đức Chung has known as 28 gamers to hitch the one-month camp in Hà Nội, earlier than they journey to France on the invitation of the French Soccer Federation from June 27 to July 2. They may play a pleasant in opposition to the French nationwide aspect, who’re ranked third on the earth, on July 1.
They may then fly to the Philippines to defend their regional title from July 2-14.
Việt Nam are in Group B with Myanmar, Timor Leste, Cambodia and Laos.
Group A contains three-time AFF ladies’s champions and Southeast Asian Video games runner-up Thailand, in addition to Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and the hosts.
Australia rejoins the AFF Cup after 4 years. In 2018, they despatched the U20 group and completed second after shedding 3-2 to Thailand within the remaining.
This 12 months, it’s not clear whether or not Australia will ship their strongest aspect or the youth group to the Filipino occasion.
Groups will compete in a round-robin format at Binan Soccer Stadium in Binan Metropolis and Imus Metropolis Grandstand in Imus, Cavite. One of the best two groups of every group will advance to the semi-finals.
Though Việt Nam, who received the seventh SEA Video games title on Could 21, are assured they’ll get out of their group, coach Mai Đức Chung continues to be cautious when speaking about rivals.
“Việt Nam are slightly fortunate with this draw. Nonetheless, irrespective of how straightforward it’s, we have to be centered, particularly since we’re the defending champions. Our first goal is to advance to the second stage,” Chung mentioned.
“Groups in Group B are on the identical stage. Now we have to make a plan for every of them, not just for the group spherical but additionally for the semi-finals, the place we’ll probably meet Thailand or Australia.”
In the meantime, coach Alen Stajcic of the hosts is worked up to battle the very best groups within the area in entrance of a house crowd, as he leaves no stone unturned in preparation for his or her historic 2023 Fifa Girls’s World Cup debut.
“We’re wanting ahead to taking part in in entrance of our dwelling followers and in opposition to the very best groups in Southeast Asia,” Stajcic was quoted as saying on inquirer.web. “One other nice alternative for this group to be examined in order that we will study, develop and enhance.” — VNS