The national women's football team of Vietnam has been invited to play a friendly match against the Australian squad later this month.

This match against the Vietnamese team is part of Australia's preparations for its campaign for the World Cup, which will be held from June 6 to July 5 in Canada.

Coach Alen Stajcic said Vietnam were a suitable rival for his players to compete against before they set out to win the World Cup.

The match is scheduled to be held on May 21 at the Jubilee Oval Stadium in Sydney.

The Vietnam team is participating in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Football Championship 2015 which kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium on May 1.

It competes in Group B which also comprises Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

The Australian team is playing in Group A as the guest at the event. Group A also includes Indonesia, Laos and Thailand.

The event will run until May 10.

This year’s tourney is said to be of importance since women’s football is not included in competition categories at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 28) in Singapore this June.

Vietnam hosted the VFF Women’s Football Championship for three times (in 2006, 2008, and 2012) since it was first held in 2006. It won the trophy in 2006 and 2012.-VNA