Thai football league system

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Current System[edit]

Current system in use since 2009

Level High-Division
1 Thai Premier League
20 clubs
2 Division 1
18 clubs
3 Regional League Division 2
Region 1
Bangkok Area
14 clubs
Region 2
Central / Eastern
14 clubs
Region 3
Central / Western
14 clubs
Region 4
Northern
14 clubs
Region 5
North-Eastern
14 clubs
Region 6
Southern
13 clubs
Low-Division
4 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
15 clubs
5 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
25 clubs
6 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)
60 clubs

System by period[edit]

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Season Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
1916-1962 [[kor royal cup
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup2
Football League]]
1963-1995 [[kor royal cup
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup2
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup3
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup4
Football League]]
1996-1998 Thai Premier League Division 1 [[kor royal cup2
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup3
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup4
Football League]]
1999-2003 Thai Premier League Division 1 [[kor royal cup2
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup3
Football League]]
[[kor royal cup4
Football League]]
1983-2002 K League Korea Semi-Professional
Football League
2003-2006 K2 League /
Korea National League
2007-2012 K3 League /
Challengers League
2013- K League Classic K League Challenge Korea National League Challengers League

Former system[edit]

Before 1996 season[edit]

Before the top level of Thai football league, Thai Premier League was constituted in 1996, the Football Royal Cup was the football competitions of Thailand at that time.

The Thailand football competition system before 1996 is listed below:

1916-1962 seasons[edit]

In 1916, Football Association of Thailand was found Yai Cup (ถ้วยใหญ่) and Noi Cup (ถ้วยน้อย) for the purpose of annual football competitions in Thailand.

Level Football Royal Cup
1 Yai Cup (ถ้วยใหญ่)
2 Noi Cup (ถ้วยน้อย)

1963-1995 seasons[edit]

in 1963, Because of the abundant football clubs in Thailand then the Football Association of Thailand changed the name of Yai Cup (ถ้วยใหญ่) to the Kor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ก.) and changed the name of Noi Cup (ถ้วยน้อย) to the Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.) and added the Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.) and the Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.) to the Football Royal Cup competitions.

Level Football Royal Cup
1 Kor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ก.)
2 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
3 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
4 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

1996-1998 seasons[edit]

In 1996 season, The Thai Premier League, The top level of football league was constituted by Football Association of Thailand rather than Kor Royal Cup. and FAT also found Division 1 League in the next season (1997).

The Thailand football league system in 1996-1998 season before Division 2 League and Provincial League was created is listed below:

Level Football Leagues
1 Thai Premier League
2 Division 1
3 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
4 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
5 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

1999-2003 seasons[edit]

In 1999 season, Provincial League was found by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for this reason, There are two separate football league competition in Thailand in the meantime.

Although there are two separate leagues in Thailand, only the winner and runner-up from the Thai Premier League, which is controlled by Football Association of Thailand, are eligible to play in AFC Champions League and AFC Cup respectively.


Level Football Leagues
1 Thai Premier League SAT Championship Playoff
(The winners and runner-ups from each region.)
Provincial League
Region
1
Central
Region
2
Eastern
Region
3
Northern
Region
4
Northeast
Region
5
Southern
2 Division 1
3 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
4 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
5 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

2004-2005 seasons[edit]

In 2004 season, Provincial League renamed Pro League 1 and Pro League 2 was found by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for this reason

the winner and runner-up of the Provincial League 2005, Chonburi FC and Suphanburi FC began the practice of moving to play in the Thai Premier League 2006.

Although there are two separate leagues in Thailand, only the winner and runner-up from the Thai Premier League, which is controlled by Football Association of Thailand, are eligible to play in AFC Champions League and AFC Cup respectively.


Level Football Leagues
1 Thai Premier League Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT)
Pro League 1
2 Division 1
Pro League 2
3 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
4 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
5 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

2006 seasons[edit]

In 2006 season Division 2 League was found by the Football Association of Thailand in this season,

1st and 3rd of the Provincial League 2006, TOT and Nakhon Pathom began the practice of moving to play in the Thai Premier League 2007.

The proposed merger of the Provincial League and Thai Premier League into one entity, though supported by the The Football Association of Thailand, had been attempted several times without success. Finally, in January 2007, the FAT announced a merge that would make the Provincial League a part of the Thai Premier League.

The Thailand football league system in 2006 season before combined the Thai Premier League , Division 1 , Division 2 and Provincial League together in 2007 is listed below:

Level Football Leagues
1 Thai Premier League Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT)
Pro League 1
2 Division 1
3 Division 2
Pro League 2
4 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
5 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
6 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

2007-2008 seasons[edit]

In 2007 Season Division 1 was divided into two groups (22 Clubs) and then, In 2008 Season Division 2 also was divided into two groups. Until 2009 Season, The number of teams from all leagues in High division will consist of 16 clubs.

However in 2009 Season, FAT need to develop Thai football league system and specify quality of the team in high-division for conform to AFC regulation. Consequently, they determine to adjust the Division 2 competition form by combine it with Provincial League and divide Division 2 league to 5 region (Bangkok and perimeter, Central and Eastern, Northern, North-Eastern and Southern).

The Thailand football league system in 2007-2008 season before combined Division 2 League and Provincial League together in 2009 is listed below:

Level High-Division
1 Thai Premier League
2 Division 1
3 Division 2
Low-Division
4 Khǒr Royal Cup (ถ้วย ข.)
SAT Championship Playoff
(The winners and runner-ups from each region.)
Provincial League
Region
1
Central
Region
2
Eastern
Region
3
Northern
Region
4
Northeast
Region
5
Southern
5 Khor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ค.)
6 Ngor Royal Cup (ถ้วย ง.)

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