Vietnamese among candidates for Futsal World Cup referees

Referee Truong Quoc Dung has been included by the FIFA Referees’ Committee in the list of potential referees for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021.

Referee Truong Quoc Dung (left)

The FIFA Referees’ Committee has issued a list of 76 referees. Dung is the only Vietnamese referee in the list. 76 candidates will be trained and 38 will be selected to work at the FIFA Futsal World Cup which will be held in Lithuania from September 12 to October 3.

Due to Covid-19, Futsal World Cup 2020 was delayed into 2021.

FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina leads the training course online.

“It’s an honour to have this chance to work with FIFA and Collina. We will be updated about the new rules soon and be ready to referee,” Dung said.

Dung was recognised as a FIFA-level referee in 2009 and invited to referee many matches by the AFC.

Dung also refereed the Futsal World Cup in Colombia in 2016. This is also the first time the Vietnam team was able to earn a place at the Futsal World Cup.

Vietnamese referee vies for berth at Futsal World Cup

Vietnamese referee Truong Quoc Dung has been selected among the list of potential candidates who could officiate matches at the upcoming FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021.

The FIFA Referees’ Committee issued a list of 76 referees, with Dung being the only Vietnamese official included in the list.

The 76 candidates which make up the list will now undergo training and be monitored, with 38 set to be selected to take charge of games at the FIFA Futsal World Cup, an event which is scheduled to take place in Lithuania from September 12 to October 3.

After being recognised as a FIFA-level referee in 2009, Dung was invited to referee many matches by the AFC throughout 2016.

Most notably, Dung also refereed at the Futsal World Cup in Colombia in 2016, the tournament which also marked the first time that the Vietnamese team participated in the event.

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Futsal champs cancelled, Vietnam may have chance to qualify for 2021 World Cup

Futsal champs cancelled, Vietnam may have chance to qualify for 2021 World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s decision to cancel this year’s continental futsal championship opens the door for Vietnam to qualify for their second World Cup.

Vietnam fails to qualify as host for World Cup qualifiers

The criteria requires nations wishing to host group matches of World Cup 2022 Asian qualifiers to have at least five five-star hotels as accommodations for the teams, five high-quality training grounds and two stadiums that meet international standards.

At the moment, Vietnam has just one international standard stadium, the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi. Other stadiums in the country lack different factors in meeting the standard.

The AFC also requires teams to be exempted from quarantine, only needing to take Covid-19 tests. But at the moment, Vietnam doesn’t have a special policy that allows this. Under current regulations, anyone who enters the country will have to stay in quarantine for at least 14 days.

Previously, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia had informed the AFC that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, they could not host their group G home games. The AFC has therefore decided that the teams will play the remaining matches at a centralized venue in June. The name of the host nation for the remaining group G matches will be announced March 15.

Despite not being able to host their home games, Vietnam continues to have an edge in group G. One major advantage will be playing Malaysia in a centralized venue instead of Bukit Jalil, the latter’s home stadium. Malaysia is a direct competitor in this group, only two points behind Vietnam.

Vietnam is currently on the top of group G with 11 points. They will need to get at least seven points from their last three games to earn a spot in the final qualification round for the 2022 World Cup.

According to the updated schedule, they will play Malaysia on June 7, Indonesia on June 11 and UAE on June 15.

Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo has returned to the country from South Korea and completed 14 days of quarantine. He is preparing a plan for the World Cup qualifiers with the players training in May, when the V. League is on a mid-season break.

“Hopefully, the team and I will get to be busy this year. For Vietnamese football, the order of priorities this year will be World Cup qualifiers, SEA Games and the AFF Cup. In October, we will also play the qualifiers for the AFC U23 Championship. It’s not easy to meet the expectations of football fans in Vietnam, but we will find a way to distribute resources and time to achieve our targets in all four tournaments,” Park told the South Korean media.