VPF determined to apply J-League lessons

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The Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF) signed a cooperation agreement with the Japanese football league federation in Hanoi on Tuesday in a bid to help develop Vietnamese football along Japanese lines.

Speaking at the signing meeting, VPF Chairman Vo Quoc Thang said, "Based on the cooperation agreement signed between the two sides, VPF will make specific cooperation plans for the purposes of improving the organization, management and operation of the leagues (top-flight V-League and second-flight First Division) in the near future."

Thang explained that VPF would take a close look at the J-League's approaches to organization and management, and see what parts could be applied immediately and make some adjustments to suit Vietnamese football conditions, with a high priority given to the development of junior football.

J-League Federation Kazumi Ohigashi promised to provide as much support as possible for VPF. Kazumi said the J-League Federation had signed a similar cooperation agreement with Thailand.

The J-League was established in 1992 with 10 teams. Now there are 40 teams in the league and in 2010 alone it earned a total income of US$154.7 million.

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