Fans all over as Vietnam stages football matches

VIETNAM became the first Southeast Asian country to hold a football game - with spectators - since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbors, including the Philippines, can have a template in Vietnam on how to hold matches as National Cup match between Duoc Nam Ha Nam Dinh and Hoang Anh Gia Lai will be played in the northern Nam Dinh province Saturday.

The match was reportedly sold out - a sign that the football-thirsty fans are crazy to see sports again after more than two months.

To guarantee social distancing, organizers will only sell a certain number of tickets to fill half the stadium capacity.

There were only 10,000 tickets will be available and all those entering the stadium will undergo temparature checks, must wear face masks and use hand sanitizers.

Vietnam, like other football leagues in Southeast Asia, had its tournament postponed since mid-March after playing several matches behind closed doors.

Vietnam had only 324 COVID-19 cases.

The Philippines Football League season, which was originally scheduled to kick off last April 18, has not yet scheduled its opening due to the coronavirus situation.

The AFC Cup home matches by club teams Ceres Negros and Kaya Iloilo in the last two months at the Rizal Memorial Stadium were postponed due to the public health emergency.