A total of 24 teams will compete in six groups at the 2016 Futsal World Cup in Colombia. Photo credit: FIFA
Vietnam are with Italy, Paraguay and Guatemala in Group C of the FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Colombia from September 10 to October 1.
The draw was held late Thursday Vietnam time.
Of Vietnam’s opponents, Italy, who won a bronze medal in the previous quadrennial event in Thailand, are possibly the toughest.
Guatemala finished third at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.
Earlier Vietnam had beaten reigning champion Japan on penalties in an Asian Football Confederation Futsal Championship quarterfinal in February to secure their first-ever ticket to the World Cup.
The team’s head coach, and former Peru coach, Bruno Formoso hoped the qualification would have a positive impact on the country's long-term development.
"We will continue playing our style in the World Cup and showcase our never-say-die spirit regardless of the opponents. If we do so, fans and spectators can enjoy the games as well as our showing."
Vietnam play Guatemala on September 11, Paraguay on September 14 and Italy on September 17.
Another Southeast Asian qualifier, Thailand, will play Russia, Cuba and Egypt in Group B.