Can Vietnam Go To the World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest international soccer tournament in the world, with teams from over 200 countries vying for a spot in the final 32. But can Vietnam, a nation with a burgeoning soccer scene and a population of nearly 100 million people, make it to the World Cup?

The short answer is: it's possible, but it won't be easy. Vietnam has never qualified for the World Cup, and while they have made some progress in recent years, they still have a long way to go to reach the level of the top international teams.

A Look at Vietnam's Soccer History

Vietnam has a long and storied soccer history, with the first organized match taking place in the 1920s. The national team has competed in various international tournaments, including the AFC Asian Cup, but they have yet to qualify for the World Cup.

In the past, Vietnam has struggled to compete with the top Asian soccer nations, such as Japan, South Korea, and Australia. However, in recent years, Vietnam has made some strides, finishing as runners-up in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship and making it to the quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

What Does Vietnam Need to Do to Qualify for the World Cup?

To qualify for the World Cup, Vietnam must first navigate their way through the Asian qualifying process. This involves competing in a series of matches against other Asian teams, with the top teams advancing to the World Cup.

Vietnam will need to finish in the top eight of the Asian qualifying process to secure a spot in the World Cup. This will require not only strong performances on the pitch, but also a consistent and cohesive team effort.


While it may not be easy, it is possible for Vietnam to qualify for the World Cup. With a growing soccer scene and a population of nearly 100 million people, Vietnam has the potential to become a major player on the international stage.

If Vietnam can continue to improve and put together a strong team effort, they have a chance to make history and represent their country on the biggest stage in soccer.
John Smith
John Smith

John is an expatriate in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) of 14 years and enjoys writing about questions that he often sees online, places he has visited, and food he has sampled in HCMC. Please note John suffers from Dyslexia and apologizes in advance.