Vietnamese football league system

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The Vietnamese football league system contains two professional leagues, a semi-professional league and an amateur league for Vietnamese football clubs.

System by period

Season Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
1980-1989 National Football A1 League National Football A2 League
1990-1996 League for Strong Teams National Football A1 League National Football A2 League
1997-2000 V.League Second League Third League
2000-2001 V-League
2001-2012 V.League 2 Second League Third League
2012 Super League V-League 1
2013- V.League 1 V.League 2

Current system

* As of 2018 season


League / Division


V.League 1
(Nuti Cafe V.League 1)
14 clubs - 1 relegation, 1 relegation play-off


V.League 2
(Sứ Thiên Thanh V.League 2)
10 clubs - 1 promotion, 1 promotion play-off, 1 relegation play-off


Second Division
(Second Division North)
7 clubs – up to 2 promotions, 0 relegations

Second Division
(Second Division South)
8 clubs – up to 2 promotions, 0 relegations


Third Division
8 clubs

Cup eligibility

Domestic cups

All V.League 1 and V.League 2 sides qualify for the Vietnamese Cup tournament.

Super Cup

The Super Cup is the first game of the season, played between the previous years' winners of the V.League 1 and Vietnamese Cup. If the same team wins both tournaments, then the team finishing second in the previous years' V.League 1 take on the V.League 1 winners.

Continental competition

Since 2017, one Vietnamese side, the team finishing top of V.League 1, qualifies automatically for the AFC Champions League Prelim. Stage 2. The team finishing second in the V.League 1, and the winner of the Vietnamese Cup qualify for the AFC Cup Group Stage.

See also

External links

  • (in Vietnamese) Official V.League website
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