Vietnam Football Federation breaks deadlock

After facing much frustration, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has finally found a solution to the deadlock and set dates for the start of V-League 2013 at a meeting on Thursday, December 13, in Hanoi.

After the plan to add the National U22 team in the V-League was vetoed, the team that ranked third in First Division tournament last season in Dong Nai was allowed to join V- league so that the number of team member would be 12, down from the 18 member team last year.

There had previously been talks of the National U22 team competing to make up the numbers, but the abandoned slot will now be filled by Dong Nai who ranked third in the First Division tournament last year.

VFF has also rejected a proposal from the Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF), the managing body of all national football leagues, that no teams should be relegated this season.

VFF decided that the bottom-placed team would be downgraded while the three best teams from the First Division will be promoted next season to increase the number of competitors.

The national premier league will run in a two-leg round-robin format with 22 rounds and finish on August 25.

The National Cup is due to start on February 24, while the Super Cup match between 2012 V-League champions SHB Da Nang and 2012 National Cup winners Saigon Xuan Thanh FC ( now called Saigon cement Xuan Thanh ) will take place the day before.

At Thursday's meeting, VFF was unable to finalize on who should replace Phan Thanh Hung as national team coach after he resigned early this month due to Vietnam's poor performance in the ASEAN Football Federation Cup.

They then decided to offer Hoang Van Phuc the post of interim manager.

However, Phuc, who used to taking charge of the U22 team and Ha Noi FC the previous season, has not yet responded to the invitation.

Source SGGP, Translated by Dan

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