Wearing skirts is no impediment to ethnic San Chi footballers in the northern Quang Ninh Province.
The football tournament played in Huc Dong Commune, Quang Ninh Province, on Sunday is part of the Binh Lieu District Ethnic Culture and Sports Festival and began in 2018.
Before a match, the players tie their hair up using a traditional headband.
Instead of shorts and jerseys, the San Chi play in their traditional costumes, with the rival teams distinguished by the shades of their blue shirts.
The tournament this year had nine teams from villages in Huc Dong divided into two groups. Each team of seven players played in a round-robin format with the top two qualifying for the finals.
The San Chi mainly live in northeastern provinces like Cao Bang, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Tuyen Quang, and Thai Nguyen.
In Quang Ninh, they account for around 12 percent of the population.
The San Chi mainly depend on farming and animal husbandry for livelihoods.
They also known for their handicrafts such as carpentry, rattan weaving and forging though these products are made for their own use.
La Thi Kuu, a 17-year-old player from Na Ech village.
Kuu (L) has been passionate about football since she was a kid, but could not play until she reached seventh grade. This was the second year she played for the village football team. Last year her team won the tournament.
The traditional costumes are made by hand by San Chi women. They are simple and admittedly not as colorful as those worn by the Hmong and Yao.