|Chance of a lifetime: Viet Nam's women's football team will receive full support in their bid to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Coach Chen Yun Fat (centre) is expected to renew his contract to help the team in preparation for the tournament. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Chuong
HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) will take full advantage of the chance of a lifetime to participate at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 in Canada.
VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy said: "FIFA's decision to expand the number of Asian participants to five opens the door for Viet Nam. We will make the best of it."
Asia has been allocated more slots because FIFA has decided to increase the number of participants from 16 to 24 for the next World Cup.
The move recognised the continued growth of the women's game at all levels around the world, according to World Professional Soccer Commissioner Tonya Antonucci.
She said the quality and depth of women's football was improving exponentially worldwide, and this would further spur investment in the women's game.
In preparation for this opportunity, the national and U19 teams will be called up for an overseas training camp early next year.
They will then return to their clubs to take part in the national championships in May and will gather together again for a second overseas camp head of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, where they will be defending their title.
Viet Nam also plans to bid for the right to host the finals of the Asian Women's Football Championships 2014, which the VFF said was an important step in their World Cup preparations.
"We will give special support to the team in 2014, and the federation will cover all training expenses for our players," said Hy.
According to the chairman, the VFF had its eye on Japan, South Korea and China as potential training destinations because they were the strongest footballing nations on the continent.
"Japan might be our first choice because we have a really good relationship with them. The Japanese federation has also promised to bring some Vietnamese players to play in their league starting next year. It is a good news for Viet Nam," Hy added.
The VFF also plans to sign a new contract with Chinese coach Chen Yun Fat, whose current contract will expire at the end of this month.
"He is an experienced coach who has already helped us earn success," said Hy, adding that the Southeast Asian title that Viet Nam grabbed on Sunday was down to the efforts of the coach and the team.
"Fat has been working in Viet Nam for many years and understands our team as well as others in the region. He has an effective and scientific training method which is suitable for our players. He has also won the respect of both players officials," Hy said.
Chen, who has expressed his desire to continue working with Viet Nam, a country he considers his second home, has returned to China on vacation. A new contract is expected to be signed when he returns to Viet Nam. — VNS