After a series of friendly matches on June 11, the Vietnamese team rose to 97th in the world and 15th in Asia on the June FIFA rankings to be announced on June 14.
According to the regulations, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will base on the FIFA rankings of the latest month (July) to place the seed group in the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup of the region.
Therefore, with no international friendly matches between now and the draw date, Vietnam will still maintain its position on the FIFA rankings in July.
There will be 5 seed groups divided in the 2022 World Cup qualifying draw taking place on July 16-17 here in Doha (Qatar).
Group 1 includes Iran, Japan, Korea, Australia, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China. Group 2 has the appearance of Iraq, Syria, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Oman, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Jordan.
Group 3 includes Palestine, India, Bahrain, Thailand, Tajikistan, North Korea, Philippines, and Chinese Taipei. Group 4: Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Yemen, Afghanistan, Maldives, Kuwait, Indonesia and the last group of 5 includes Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Guam, Sri Lanka.
According to the rules, 40 teams are divided into 8 groups to compete. Each seed group will have 1 team divided in 8 groups. The Vietnamese team is in the 2nd seed group, so it will avoid strong teams such as Iraq, Uzbekistan, Syria, Oman, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon (who are in the same seed group).
Overall, the group that is considered the most favorite of Mr. Park Hang Seo’s teachers and students is probably China (group 1), Thailand (group 3), Myanmar (group 4) and Cambodia (group 5). ).
Compared to the teams in group 1, China is considered the weakest. Meanwhile, the remaining opponents are considered “medium” or weaker than Vietnam Tel. In particular, the geographical distance between Vietnam and the above countries is not too far away, so it will be easier to move.
That is the most optimistic case. However, in the opposite direction, Vietnam will fall into the table of death if there is the appearance of Japan, Palestine, Yemen and Indonesia.
According to the rules, the 8 best teams in 8 groups along with the 4 best runner-up teams will advance to the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup and Vietnam has a great opportunity to realize this goal.