The organising board and football teams pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA)
– The Vietnamese Embassy in Japan on February 24 held a press conference on and drew groups for a new football championship connecting Vietnamese firms in the country, held by the Football Association of Vietnamese in Japan (FAVIJA).

As many as 24 teams will compete in the tournament, which is the first of its kind.

FAVIJA Chairman Do Quang Ba said the event has attracted 26 sponsors with total prizes worth 650,000 JPY. Aside from improving the health of Vietnamese people in Japan, it is expected to link up Vietnamese firms in Japan together for mutual development.

Players will be divided into six groups, with four teams in each.

The opening ceremony and qualifying round will take place on March 10.

The final match and awards ceremony are scheduled for March 31 at Saitama Stadium, the host venue for Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds team.

Founded in April 2018, FAVIJA have already held a number of tournaments and exchanges across Japan. It is expected to serve as a bridge connecting Vietnamese people in Japan with each other and to their homeland, alongside fostering the Vietnam-Japan friendship. –VNA