Vietnam secures three direct berths at AFC tournaments next year hinh anh 1Hanoi FC brings home the National Cup trophy on September 20. (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) – Three Vietnamese football clubs will directly enter the finals of the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League and AFC Cup in 2021 following the AFC’s recent changes to qualifying rules.

Under the new rules, the champion of the 2020 V.League 1 will automatically qualify for the group stage of next year’s AFC Champions League.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) will send the winner and runner-up of the National Cup to compete in the AFC Cup’s group stage.

In case Hanoi FC, which has won the National Cup this year, also grab the 2020 V.League 1 title, the two slots at the AFC Cup will go to the runner-up and the second runner-up.

Hanoi FC brought home the National Cup trophy on September 20 after beating city rival Viettel 2-1 in a dramatic final./.