The Vietnamese national women’s football team hopes to reach the top five nations at the upcoming Asian Cup to take part in the Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada after the draw for the tournament was held yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam was pitted in group A alongside with defending world champion Japan, defending Asian champion Australia, and Jordan. Group B has South Korea, China, Thailand, and Myanmar.
In regulation, two top teams in each group will advance to the Asian Cup semifinals and at the same time hold a spot to play the 2015 World Cup. The fifth and last ticket from Asia to advance to Canada will be awarded to the winner of the playoff game between two teams that rank third in the groups.
With the four direct tickets possibly belonging to the four regional giants Japan, Australia, South Korea, and China, Vietnam hopes to beat Jordan to play the playoff game with either Thailand or Myanmar.
Vietnam has never lost to Jordan in the five recent matches. On FIFA rankings, Vietnam ranks sixth in Asia and 28th in the world while Jordan ranks 12th in Asia and 53rd in the world.
Vietnam edged Thailand 1-0 at the Asian Cup in 2008 and beat Myanmar 4-3 on the penalty shootout at the AFF Cup 2012.
The Women’s Asian Cup will also serve as the qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada from June 6 to July 5, 2015. The top five nations from the AFC Women’s Asian Cup will earn a ticket each to Canada.