The V-League, formally Eximbank V-League, is a professional football league in Vietnam. It is also the highest league in the country. The league was founded in 1980 and since 2000 is called V-League. Current sponsor and namesake of the league is the company PetroVietnam. As in many other Asian countries carry the clubs names of companies or institutions. Since 1996, the league in customary mode of the return game will be played within a table. Only in 1999 did not take place of regular league play.