Vietnam’s U18 players will be called up for training later this month in preparations for the qualifying round for the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U19 Championship.
|The draw for the AFC U-19 Championship 2020 Qualifiers. Vietnam are in Group J along with Japan, Mongolia and Guam (Photo: www.the-afc.com)
Before the qualifying round, the players will challenge themselves at the 2019 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U18 Boys’ Championship hosted by the VFF from August 5-18, according to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
At the tournament, they are in Group B with the reigning champions Malaysia, Thailand and Australia, who won the championship five and four times, respectively, along with Singapore and Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Group A consists of Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor Leste, the Philippines, and Brunei.
At the qualifying round for the 2020 AFC U19 Championship, Vietnam will be in Group J with Mongolia, Guam and the tournament’s favourites, hosts Japan. Matches of Group J will take place in Vietnam from November 2-10.
The qualifiers will see the participation of 46 teams, which will be divided into 11 groups. The 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams among all groups shall qualify to the Finals alongside the hosts.
In April, Vietnam’s U18s ranked second at the international U18 football tournament in China’s Hong Kong.