|Number of teams||14|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||V.League 2|
|Domestic cup(s)||Vietnamese National Cup|
|International cup(s)||AFC Champions League
|Current champions||Becamex Bình Dương
|Most championships||Thể Công (5 titles)|
|TV partners||Hanoi TV, HTV, VTC, VTV|
|2015 V.League 1|
The V.League 1 (Vietnamese: Giải bóng đá Vô địch Quốc gia), officially named for sponsorship reasons Toyota V.League 1, is the top professional football league in Vietnam controlled by VPF, Vietnam Professional Football Joint Stock Company. It is contested by 14 clubs who play each other on a home and away basis. The team finishing top at the end of the season are crowned champions and enter the AFC Champions League.
- 1 Overview
- 2 V.League controversies
- 3 Clubs
- 4 Previous winners
- 5 Top scorers
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- The V.League 1 season starts in January and ends in September. In each season, each club plays each of the other clubs twice, once at home and another away, for a total of 22 games.
- Teams are ranked by total points, head-to-head, goal difference and goals scored.
- Top team is qualified for AFC Cup group stages.
- For 2010 season, two bottom teams are relegated to the Vietnam First Division while third lowest placed team goes to play-off with the third highest placed team from the First Division.
- Starting in the 2013 season, the number of clubs participating in the V.League would be decreased from fourteen to twelve after three clubs failed to register. Also in the same season, the bottom team will be relegated to the First Division while the top three teams from the First Division will be promoted into the V-League.
- Starting in the 2015 season, the league is expected to expand to 14 teams.
Since the 2000–2001 season, the V.League has been branded with a principal sponsor's name and logo. The following companies have acted as principal sponsors:
- 2000–02: Strata Sport Marketing (Strata V-League)
- 2003: PepsiCo (Sting V-League)
- 2004: Kinh Đô (Kinh Đô V-League)
- 2005: Tan Hiep Phat (Number One V-League)
- 2006: Eurowindow (Eurowindow V-League)
- 2007–10: Petro Vietnam Gas (Petro Vietnam Gas V-League)
- 2011–14: Eximbank (Eximbank V.League 1)[nb 1]
- 2015: Toyota (Toyota V.League 1)
Rules on foreign players
Clubs are only allowed to register three foreign players per season. In prior seasons, clubs were allowed to register two foreign players.
2011 corruption controversy
Following a season marred by accusations of refereeing corruption and a cover-up by the V.League governing body Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), 6 clubs (Đồng Tâm Long An, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, Hanoi ACB, Vissai Ninh Bình, Khatoco Khánh Hòa and Lam Sơn Thanh Hóa) threatened to leave the league and form an entirely new league for the 2012 season. The most out spoken club in the move was Hanoi ACB, who were going through relegation from the V.League, with its chairman Nguyen Duc Kien announcing that ACB would spearhead the move. Due to the controversy, league sponsor EximBank expressed its intention to drop its title sponsorship of the league. League officials scrambled to resolve the issues, going as far as hiring foreign referees for the 2012 season.
After a meeting on September 29, representatives of the VFF and the 14 V.League 1 teams and 14 V.League 2 teams announced the formation of a new corporation, the VPF, Vietnam Professional Football Joint Stock Company to manage the V-League. The VFF would hold a 36% stake in the new corporation, and the rest would be held by clubs.
After Xuân Thành Sài Gòn was docked points for what the VFF deemed the club unsportsman like conduct when the club fielded a noncompetitive squad for the their Matchdat 20 meeting with Sông Lam Nghệ An, club officials announced that the club would withdraw from the league. On August 22, 2013, the VFF approved Xuân Thành Sài Gòn's withdrawal request. Matches where the club was involved were vacated. The VFF is still debating if the last place club will still be relegated to V.League 2, though the league charter states that the club in 12th place would be the only club relegated in the 2013 campaign.
Relegation was canceled for the 2013 campaign after Xuân Thành Sài Gòn withdrew from the V.League 1 before the conclusion of the season. QNK Quảng Nam, Than Quảng Ninh and Hùng Vương An Giang, as winners, first runners-up and second runners-up respectively, were promoted from the 2013 V.League 2 season. Kienlongbank Kiên Giang failed to apply for the 2014 campaign and subsequently folded during the offseason.
Primary venues used in the V.League 1:
|Becamex Bình Dương||Đồng Nai||Đồng Tâm Long An||Đồng Tháp||Hà Nội T&T|
|Gò Đậu Stadium||Đồng Nai Stadium||Long An Stadium||Cao Lãnh Stadium||Hàng Đẫy Stadium|
|Capacity: 18,250||Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 19,975||Capacity: 23,000||Capacity: 22,500|
|Hải Phòng||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai||QNK Quảng Nam||Sanna Khánh Hòa||SHB Đà Nẵng|
|Lạch Tray Stadium||Pleiku Stadium||Tam Kỳ Stadium||19/8 Nha Trang Stadium||Chi Lăng Stadium|
|Capacity: 28,000||Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 15,624||Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 30,000|
|Sông Lam Nghệ An||Than Quảng Ninh||Thanh Hóa||XSKT Cần Thơ|
|Vinh Stadium||Cẩm Phả Stadium||Thanh Hóa Stadium||Cần Thơ Stadium|
|Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 14,000||Capacity: 50,000|
The following is a historical list of champions and runners-up of the V.League 1 by season. Superscripts in brackets (such as (2)) indicate a repeat win.
|No. of championships||Clubs|
|5||Thể Công-Viettel F.C|
|4||Cảng Sài Gòn|
|3||Becamex Bình Dương FC, Sông Lam Nghệ An, SHB Đà Nẵng FC[nb 2]|
|2||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, Gạch Đồng Tâm Long An, Đồng Tháp, Hà Nội T&T|
|1||Hải Quan, Công Nghiệp Hà Nam Ninh, Công An Hà Nội, Tổng Cục Đường Sắt, Công An Thành Phố|
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- Vietnam Football Federation
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