One more vice chairman for Vietnam Football Federation

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Pham Van Tuan was named a vice chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation, its fourth, at a meeting held in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday.

Tuan, who is deputy director of the General Department of Physical Sports and Training, also became the 24th member of the VFF's steering committee.

At the meeting, delegates agreed to rescind the membership of the An Giang Football Federation which has been dissolved.

The Vietnam Professional Football JS Company became a member of the VFF.

Vuong Bich Thang, director of the General Department of Physical Sports and Training, said: "The VFF needs to evaluate the impact of the economic recession on football activities, especially the impact on the professional clubs so that policies will be developed to ease their difficulties."

In response to some owners asking to withdraw their investment from clubs, Thang said the VFF should regulate the issue.

Speaking to the media, VFF vice chairman Nguyen Lan Trung said: "The meeting approved a new regulation on footballers' compensation, raising the age from 23 to 25.

"That means the clubs will have a longer period with the players they train. That will encourage the clubs to focus more on training young players because they will benefit more."

VFF chairman Nguyen Trong Hy said: "As far as the matter of referees is concerned, the meeting agreed that the referees did a better job in the 2012 season than in previous years."

But more training should be provided to make the referees even better, he said.

From the 2013 season onwards no individual can own more than two clubs.

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