The VFF had actively hosted different AFC Competitions throughout the year, including the AFC Futsal Club Championship and the ASEAN Football Federation Futsal Championship.

VFF's Vice President Tran Quoc Tuan (R) receiving the award. Photo: AFC

Furthermore, proactive involvement in various AFC Development programs, and their constant promotion of women's, youth and grassroots football earned them their first AFC Developing Member Associations of the Year Award.

The prestigious award is given to a Member Association in recognition of its professional administration and governance as well its exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the game at all levels within the country.

Recognizing the diversity of MA’s in terms of facilities and resources and looking to ensure that more nations will receive recognition for their efforts and achievements in developing football in their country, the AFC in 2013 introduced three winners for the Member Association of the Year award as opposed to just one.

The AFC’s Member Associations are divided into three categories namely ‘Inspiring’, ’Developing’ and ‘Aspiring’ based on their overall footballing prowess.

Member Associations are assessed and awarded points on various areas encompassing the association’s activities such as the organization of courses and seminars, competitions, grassroots and youth development, women’s programs, social responsibility and special projects.

Points are also given for an MA’s hosting of AFC qualifying and finals tournaments as well as their national and club teams’ placing in AFC and FIFA competitions throughout the year.

"We are very happy and proud and would like to thank AFC for the award. This is a great year for Vietnam, we have national teams who have qualified for AFC competitions in 2018 and 2019.

"I hope this award will motivate to develop Vietnam football in the future. I would like to thank the Vietnamese Football Federation staff for their hard work and the fans for their support,” said Dr. Tran Quoc Tuan, Vice President of the Vietnam Football Federation.

Song Anh