Viet Nam aims to book a place in the finals as the second qualifying round of the Asian Football Confederation's U19 Women's Championship kicks off today at the Thong Nhat Stadium.
"The team has been ready for the tournament and our goal is to reach the final (of the qualifying round) so that we compete for the only ticket to the finals (of the championship)," said Nguyen Nam Hung, manager of the Vietnamese team.
Viet Nam, who earned automatic qualification for the second qualifying as winners of the 2011 edition, are grouped in group B with Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and India.
Myanmar are expected to pose the biggest obstacle for Viet Nam from taking the group, with Chinese Taipei and India not expected to pose any serious threat.
Viet Nam will face Myanmar in the opening game today, then take on India two days later and meet Chinese Taipei in the last match on December 5.
Group A is composed of last year's runners-up Thailand, Jordan, Iran and Uzbekistan, with Thailand tipped most likely to top the table.
"Viet Nam and Thailand are very strong teams but we will go all out to win the qualifiers," Myanmar's coach Kumada Yoshinori said.
The winners of the qualifiers will secure the only ticket to the finals and get a chance to compete with the five continental powerhouses – Japan, Australia, China, North Korea and South Korea. The final round of the AFC championship will be held next year.