Football Association of Thailand
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) or the full name is the Football Association of Thailand under Patronage of His Majesty the King (Thai: สมาคมฟุตบอลแห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์) is the governing body of football in Thailand. It was founded in 25 April 1916 and then joined FIFA in 23 June 1925 and AFC in 1957.
Recently the FAT has been highly criticized. Criticisms and complaints from 2005-2006 included:
- In June 2005 and in October 2006 Thailand got warned twice by the Asian Football Confederation to improve its facilities for 2007 AFC Asian Cup
- Thailand club teams were rejected in AFC Champions League because of the failure to submit player squads in time
- Prize money for Thai Division 1 League (season 2006) went missing. Police UTD, the winner of the season told the press they would sue the FAT.
- For not providing enough public information for football matches that will be held in Thailand including King's Cup, Queen's Cup, 2007 ASEAN Football Federation Championship, and 2007 AFC Asian Cup. And also there are no data of national teams even in their website.
The following are the sponsors of FAT (named "FAT Partners"):
- Grand Sport
- Bangkok Hospital
- I fly Thai
- LG Electronics
- McDonald's Corporation
- Thai AirAsia
- Football in Thailand
- Thai football records and statistics
- Thailand national football team
- Thailand women's national football team
- Thai Premier League
- Thailand confirmed as AFC Asian Cup 2007 co-host
- Thailand handed 90-day Asian Cup reprieve from Guardian Unlimited Football
- AFC Champions League on rsssf.com
- The Nation (3 May 2012). "AirAsia to sponsor national volleyball team". The Nation (Bangkok).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Football in Thailand.|
- Official Football Association of Thailand website (Thai)
- Football Association of Thailand at AFC site
- Thailand at FIFA site