Covid-19 shuffled Vietnamese football, causing the V-League 2020 to return to the similar competition model nearby… A quarter of a century.
Yesterday, the Vietnam professional football joint stock company VPF decided the national championships will return in early 6 months. The teams competed at the same stage as the original calendar, then eight teams headed the circle to compete for the medal, while the six teams behind each other to avoid relegation.
This form does not have to be a special initiative. Rather, it is the imitation of the solution of the K-League 2020 (Korean professional competition) with the shortening of more than a third of the season matches to compensate for the time to cease playing for Covid-19. The V-League teams instead of the 26-round Rock only 13 rounds of the first phase, which will then kick five to seven games of the second stage depending on whether they fall into the title race group or the group to avoid relegation. Maximum match per team in V-League this year is 20, instead of 26. The team that reached the final of the Cup will kick up to four matches.
The most recent Vietnam national championships in the same form are the 1996 season, while also known as the “Football League of strong national teams”. That year, 12 teams of two-turn circles at the first stage, selecting six teams in the second stage (no relegation competition). Since 1997, when transferring the name to “First league in Vietnam”, modern competition with two new phases is applied until now.
Before 1996, the official Vietnamese football competitions were… Radiation. The first cause is the limited moving factor, which is mostly tired of the road vehicles instead of moving easily by air as now. Therefore, before 1992, the league generally divides the table by geographical regions, then selects the top teams to kick the finals at a specific location. The next reason is the number of very crowded teams. Each locality has at least one team, plus the level teams representing their industry. At extreme prosperity, Viet Nam’s peak tournament has up to three teams named Port, four teams from the industry, five teams representing the department, more than 50% of the provinces-to have the winners. Therefore, the number of teams to change from the season, culminating in the 1989 season, has 32 teams participated. This is the tournament called “Cup of Separation”, ending the period entitled “National A1 Prize” (from 1980 to 1989) to turn to “good teams” (1990-1996).
Because the competition is lacking, the amateur is so determined the champion also has its own inconsistency. Throughout the year 1990 to 1996, the two-stage matches (i.e. finals) or finals are played on the championship team’s pitch. This advantage played a big role in the championship of Dong Thap 1996, Public Security in 1995, Quang Nam Da Nang in 1992 or Sai Gon Port 1993-1994.
As such, after 25 years, Vietnamese football again “re-enlightened” with the old form of competition due to the impossibility of the epidemic. In fact, the two-stage competition has been proposed by at least two foreign experts in Vietnam, including the COACH Henrique Calisto. According to the Portuguese strategist, the number of matches in the V-League was too few, requiring an additional stage of play to rise from 26 to about 40 matches per year for the player. This is relatively common in South American and Central American football. As in Argentina and Mexico, each season consists of two phases and each stage kicks a two-turn circle.
Say so to see the V-League 2020 stone Two phases nothing unusual, nor be lost in comparison to the world. In contrast, this form if successful in this year’s season, can become the solution for the V-League quality math.
From the start of the two-turn Round Rock (1997) to date, V-League encountered a headache as an unallotted match in the two-season period. Due to the number of aspiring teams, which are heavily invested in Vietnam at present very few, each season is no more than three names. This led to many teams in the league with the goal of “no up, nor down”. When you step into the second stage, you barely know what to do after having enough of the ranks. Vietnamese football each year there are only two awards in Asia, divided by the V-League and the national Cup, so most of the V-League teams often fall into a very early loss of motivation. There is also a slight bonus for the win, but the player is faced with injuries. On the contrary, it is also okay, while remaining “helping” your team are difficult in terms of scores.
This is very well reflected in the audience statistics. The average two-stage matches only account for 30% of all-season audiences. There are five, many turns back in can tho, reunification, Nha Trang or Nghe An from 300 to 2,000 people to the pitch. The most spectator fights, mainly falling in the championship team or on the HAGL side. Conversely, even when the home team is working to rank, the football field in Nha Trang, can Tho, Long An, Dong Thap, Dong Nai… Recent seasons are still absent from the audience.
Besides raising ethical players, quality arbitrators, encouraging beautiful football… Then the change in the form of competition is a purely technical measure, but the impact is not small to the quality of the V-League. Reducing the infinite matches of stage two, increasing the number of battles between the aspiring champions or having the same class desire, will surely make each match more meaningful, the player has more motivation to compete. But for many years, with various reasons, the non-brave V-League organizers consider the element of the competition in spite of the number of average audiences, the quality of competition, sponsorship-financial issues are not developed in proportion to what is happening in the national team.
Should watch out, change the knowledge because the epidemic is known as the “re-ventricular Code” for the V-League.