10:21 | 27/09/2019 Society
Vietnam will open their AFC U23 Championship campaign in January next year in Group D together with the DPR Korea, Jordan and UAE, following the draw for the competition held in Bangkok, Thailand on September 26.
|Quang Hai (L) and his teammates are in Group D along with DPR Korea, Jordan and UAE at the upcoming 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand next January - Photo: AFC|
The biennial tournament will kick-off on January 8 across four stadiums – Chang Arena (Buriram), Rajamangala (Bangkok), Thammasat (Pathum Thani) and Tinsulanonda (Songkhla) – with the final to be played at Rajamangala on January 26.
Besides the title, 15 of the 16 teams will also be competing for places in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where the top three sides will join hosts Japan as Asia's representatives next July. If Japan are one of the leading three nations then the fourth-placed team will qualify.
According to the seeding system, Vietnam will open their 2020 AFC U23 Championship campaign with their opening match against UAE, followed by the next two against Jordan and DPR Korea, respectively.