Vietnam women’s team prepares forces, forward to international missions in 2023
2023 will be a busy year for Vietnamese women’s football with international tasks such as the 2024 Olympic Qualifiers, the 32nd SEA Games and especially the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. To prepare well for the tournaments, at the beginning of the year, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), head coach Mai Duc Chung and members of the coaching staff plan a detail schedule for each task.
At the beginning of 2023, the Vietnamese women’s team is expected to gather for the first time from March 10, with about 30 players to prepare forces for the 2024 Olympic Qualifier. The first qualifying round will take place from 4 to 11 April, the Vietnamese women’s team is in Group C with teams from Nepal, Palestine and Afghanistan.
After the Olympic qualifying round, coach Mai Duc Chung’s team will have a training trip in Japan from April 17 to April 30. This will be the premise for the players to enter the journey to defend the SEA Games gold medal in Cambodia in May 2023.
Returning from the SEA Games, the Vietnamese women’s team will have a short break before training in Germany from June 5 to June 25. Based on the cooperation between the VFF and the DFB, the female players will have friendly matches with the top teams in this country. This is a good opportunity for the coaching staff and players to interact and find out suitable options when playing with teams with advantages in shape and strength.
The most difficult task of the women’s team in 2023 is the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand and Australia in July and August 2023. This is the first time Vietnam participating in the Women’s World Cup. Coach Mai Duc Chung’s team are one of six representatives of Asia at this congress, along with China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and co-host Australia. According to the draw results, the Vietnamese women’s team is in Group E with the US, the Netherlands and Portugal, playing in New Zealand from July 22 to August 1.
Sharing about this tournament, coach Mai Duc Chung emphasized: “This is the honor of the national team. On the world map of women’s football, there is now the name Vietnam. I am very proud and excited, and hope that this pride will spread to all athletes. This is our chance to show off! We can lose in stature and physical strength, but we cannot lose in spirit. We will be determined to compete to meet the training requirements and expectations of leaders, ministries, departments, sectors and football fans nationally and internationally.”
To adapt to the climate and conditions in New Zealand, the Vietnamese women’s team is expected to arrive in New Zealand about 2 weeks before the official start of the tournament. During the training process, the players will have international friendly matches, including the match against the host New Zealand women’s team.