Football in Thailand
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Football in Thailand is organized by Football Association of Thailand (FAT).
Football is very popular in Thailand. Although the professional football leagues are new to Thai people, football was introduced to Thailand as far back as 1897. Many Thais also watch football on local and paid-cable TV. Many matches, especially those in the English FA Premier League can be watched free on local channels. Thai channels broadcast every match of the 2006 World Cup.
Football was introduced into Thailand in 1897. In 1916, King Vajiravudh founded "The Football Association of Thailand under Patronage of His Majesty the King." After that the association joined the FIFA in 1925 and AFC in 1957.
The first football stadium, Suphachalasai Stadium, was built in 1935. King's Cup, the first football cup was introduced in 1968. And then two years later, Queen's Cup, a national cup competition, started in 1970.
Thai football competitions
Leagues and tournaments
League competitions in Thailand include :
For promotion to Division 2:
- Football Royal Cup - (Division 3 A) For the general teams.
- Provincial League - (Division 3 B) For provincial teams around the country. This competition is organized by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). It is divided into five regions consisting of Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern (Isan), Southern. The winners and the runner-ups from each region will play in SAT Championship playoffs in the tournament at the end of a season. The top two teams are promoted into the Division 2.
(See also: Thai football league system for the additional detail about league system.)
- FA Cup - an annual match of football clubs in Thailand.
- League Cup - an annual match of football clubs in Thailand.
- Queen's Cup - an annual national football cup competition.
- Kor Royal Cup (Thai: ถ้วย ก.) - an annual match between the champions and the runner-ups of the Premier League
- King's Cup - an annual international football competition for national teams.
- Chula-Thammasat Traditional Football Match, an annual match between Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University on January at Suphachalasai Stadium. It first started in 1934.
- Jaturamitr a bi-annual competition of four oldest high schools in Thailand (Suankularb Wittayalai School, Debsirin School, Assumption College, and Bangkok Christian College). It first started 1964.
History of events in Thai football
Youth football is very popular in Thailand, with several competitions and clubs being active. Bangkok Youth League provides the top level of youth football in Bangkok with a membership that includes teams from Thai Premiership Academies, such as BEC Tero and Chonburi Sharks, as well as local and International Academies such as iPlay Soccer Schools. It provides a structured, competitive environment for over 1000 players aged 6-16 years. Bangkok Soccer League is a youth football club organised for children attending international schools in Thailand and provides regular football for over 500 kids, both Thai and expat.
Thai notable players
- Bamrong Boonprom
- Dassakorn Thonglao ("Go")
- Kawin Thamsatchanan
- Kiatisuk Senamuang ("Zico")
- Piyapong Piew-on ("Took")
- Sarayoot Chaikamdee
- Seksan Piturat
- Surat Sukha
- Suree Sukha
- Sutee Suksomkit
- Tawan Sripan ("Ban")
- Teerasil Dangda ("Mui")
- Teeratep Winothai ("Leesaw")
- Therdsak Chaiman
- Dusit Chalermsan
- Netipong Srithong-In ("Alfred")
- Natee Thongsookkaew
- Witthaya Hloagune ("Oji") previously ("Heng")
- Thai football league system
- Thailand Football Records and Statistics
- List of football clubs in Thailand
- Thailand Futsal League
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