2017 Bhutan National League

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Bhutan National League
Season2017
ChampionsTransport United
RelegatedNone
AFC CupTransport United
Matches played30
Goals scored178 (5.93 per match)
Biggest home winThimphu City 13–0 Phuentsholing City,
Thimphu City 13–0 Paro United
Biggest away winPhuentsholing City 0–13 Transport United
Highest scoringParo United 13–2 Phuentsholing City
2016
2018

The 2017 Bhutan National League is the fifth season of national football competition in Bhutan, having replaced the A-Division (Bhutan) in 2013. Again, the Thimphu League provides the qualifiers from Thimphu, with the top three teams in that competition being awarded places in the National League alongside three regional teams.

Thimphu League[edit]

Format and rules[edit]

The Thimphu League is a regional competition for teams from Thimphu. the competition consists of nine teams, each plays the others twice – home and away – for a total of 16 games each, over 18 game weeks. 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The league table is decided firstly on points won, then on goal difference and finally on total goals scored if the previous two are equal. The first three teams automatically qualify for the National league, the bottom two teams compete in relegation playoffs with the top two teams from the B-Division for two places in the next seasons's competition.[1]

Competing clubs[edit]

Location of teams participating in the 2016 Thimphu League.

Season summary[edit]

The 2017 season of the Thimphu League, previously called the Bhutan A-Division, started on 4 February 2017 and is due to end on 8 July.[2] Thimphu City are defending champions[3] and the competition has been expanded to 9 teams in 2017 with the addition of High Quality United, Bhutan U19 and the return of Transport United following the relegation of Tensung and Bhutan U17. On July 1, 2017, Druk Pol F.C. was suspended for 2 years after some of its players mishandled and disobeyed the referee during a match on June 29.[4] [3]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Thimphu City 14 13 1 0 70 10 +60 40 2017 Bhutan National League
2 Transport United 14 10 2 2 43 12 +31 32
3 Thimphu 14 8 2 4 38 22 +16 26
4 Druk Star 14 7 1 6 32 34 −2 22
5 High Quality United 14 6 1 7 37 36 +1 19
6 Bhutan U19 14 3 3 8 28 28 0 12
7 Druk United 14 3 2 9 21 44 −23 11 Relegation playoffs
8 Terton 14 0 0 14 13 96 −83 0
9 Druk Pol[4] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 8 August 2017. Source: [2]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BHU POL STA UTD HQU TER THI CIT TPU
Bhutan U-19s 0–1 3–0 0–0 11–2 2–2 0–5 0–1
Druk Pol[4]
Druk Star 4–2 2–2 3–1 7–1 1–2 1–3 1–2
Druk United 2–2 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–7 1–4
High Quality United 2–1 3–4 3–1 8–2 1–2 2–6 3–1
Terton 0–6 2–3 1–6 1–7 0–9 1–7 0–7
Thimphu 2–1 3–2 7–0 2–3 5–1 1–5 1–1
Thimphu City 4–0 6–0 3–2 7–1 12–0 2–0 0–0
Transport United 3–0 6–0 5–0 4–2 6–1 3–0 0–3


Updated to games played on 27 September 2017.
Source: [2]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Note 1: The notion of home and away fixtures in the A-Division is moot as all games are played at Changlimithang Stadium. As such, for the purpose of this table, the first result chronologically has been deemed that team's "home" game and the second the "away" game.

National league[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Transport United (C) 10 9 1 0 37 11 +26 28 2018 AFC Cup preliminary round
2 Thimphu City 10 7 2 1 48 12 +36 23
3 Ugyen Academy 10 5 1 4 32 10 +22 16
4 Thimphu 10 4 1 5 25 18 +7 13
5 Paro United 10 2 1 7 29 36 −7 7
6 Phuentsholing City 10 0 0 10 7 91 −84 0
Source: FIFA Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) Champion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thimphu League – 2017 Rules". scoresway.com. Perform Group. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Thimphu League". soccerway.com. Perfrorm Group. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b Stokkermans, Karel (15 February 2017). "Bhutan 2016". www.rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "BFF suspends Drukpol FC for two years". www.kuenselonline.com. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.