Vietnam is aiming at a berth in the 2015 World Cup in Canada, coach Chen Yun Fat said on the sidelines of the women's national football team's first training session of the year in Hanoi on Tuesday.
In the short term, the team is facing several difficulties as it prepares for for the qualifying round of the 2014 Asian Cup, mainly with young center-back Chuong Thi Kieu awaiting surgery for an injury.
Kieu's outstanding performance helped Vietnam win the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup .
Another center-back, Ngoc Anh, has been called up, but she has just recovered from injury and could take some time to return to form.
However, the team's Chinese coach played the problems down. "The strength in the defense may be affected but I still have other defenders and hope they will meet the requirements."
Though the Vietnamese woment are the AFF Cup champions and were recently awarded the "2012 AFF best team"award, coach Fat said the team's "major goal is to win a berth at the Women's World Cup 2015." Vietnamese women are not far ahead of Thailand and Myanmar, he said.
"The chance of qualifying for the World Cup will be the same for Vietnam and these other two rivals, so the Vietnamese women should not be overconfident."
Fat said the team will try to put in a good performance at the 2014 Asian Cup qualifiers, with Group C comprising strong rivals Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Bahrain.
According to Fat, Vietnam will have a chance to fight for a berth in the 2015 World Cup in Canada because Asia will have five representatives at the event.
The People's Democratic Republic of Korea has been banned from the event because of a doping problem. Japan, Australia, China and the Republic of Korea are very likely to take the first four places.
The final place will be decided among Thailand, Taiwan, Myanmar and Vietnam. Therefore, Vietnam must do its best to reach the goal, Fat said.
Next month, the Vietnamese women will play two friendly matches with Jordan one away and one at home.