Bangkok Soccer League

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Bangkok Soccer League
BSL Logo.jpg
Full name Bangkok Soccer League
Nickname(s) BSL
Ground Bangkok Patana School
Bangkok, Thailand
Chairman Scotland Stephen Wise

Bangkok Soccer League (BSL) is a voluntary organization that runs a youth football club in Bangkok, Thailand. Its aim is to promote good sportsmanship, teach footballing skills and organize regular team games. BSL is open to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 19 who attend international schools in Thailand.

Club Format[edit]

Weekly matches are played (normally on Saturdays) throughout a season which runs from September to April. Over 500 players register and play matches every weekend. In addition to league games, there is a Cup Day held twice per year. BSL plays at the pitches of Bangkok Patana School, Soi LaSalle, Bangna.

In the Premiership Division (U13 and U15), BSL runs an "external league" and provides the opportunity for 9 local Thai teams to take part. The BSL Youth team (U19) plays in Division 2 of the expat men’s Casuals League and the BSL Vets team (made up of dads and coaches) plays in the Bangkok Vets League.

The club has the following age groups:

Division Age Group Boys / Girls Time
Mini League Under 6 years Mixed 8 - 9.30am
Division 4 Under 8 years Mixed 8 - 9.30am
Division 3 Under 10 years Boys 9.30 - 11am
Girls Division 8 – 15 years Girls 9.30 - 11am
Division 2 Under 12 years Boys 11am - 12.30pm
Division 1 Under 15 years Boys 11am - 12.30pm
Premiership Under 13 and Under 15 Mixed Variable

Club history[edit]

Previous Commissioners[edit]

Years Name
Joe Grunwell
 ? - 2004 Derek Cheyne
2004–Present Stephen Wise

South East Asia Youth Soccer Cup[edit]

The South East Asia Youth Soccer Cup (SEA Cup) is the pre-eminent regional tournament for junior football players attending international schools in ASEAN. The countries represented are:

- Thailand: Bangkok Soccer League [1]

- Indonesia: Jakarta Youth Soccer [2]

- Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer [3]

- Singapore: ANZA – International Junior Soccer League, Singapore [4]

BSL sends representative teams for the Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13 divisions.

Up to 2002, tournaments were held at Under 12 and Under 15 levels. From the 2003 tournament, the Under 12 age group was changed to be Under 13. An Under 18 age group was held for the 1st time in 2008.

2009 was the 22nd Annual Tournament and was held at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia

# Year Host Country U12/U13 U15 U18
#1 1988  ??  ?? (Champions - Singapore)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#2 1989  ??  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#3 1990  ??  ?? (Champions - ??)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#4 1991  ??  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#5 1992  ??  ?? (Champions - Singapore)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#6 1993 Kuala Lumpur 1st 1st N/A
#7 1994  ??  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#8 1995  ??  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#9 1996  ??  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) N/A
#10 1997  ??  ?? (Champions - Singapore)  ?? (Champions - ??) N/A
#11 1998  ??  ?? (Champions - Singapore)  ?? (Champions - Jakarta) N/A
#12 1999  ?? 1st  ?? (Champions - Singapore) N/A
#13 2000  ??  ?? (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) 1st N/A
#14 2001  ??  ?? (Champions - Singapore) 1st N/A
#15 2002 Singapore 1st  ?? (Champions - Jakarta) N/A
#16 2003 Kuala Lumpur  ?? (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) N/A
#17 2004 Bangkok 2nd (Champions - Jakarta)  ?? (Champions - Singapore) N/A
#18 2005 Jakarta 2nd (Champions - Jakarta) 2nd (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) N/A
#19 2006 Singapore  ?? (Champions - Jakarta) 4th (Champions - Singapore) N/A
#20 2007 Kuala Lumpur 4th (Champions - Singapore) 4th (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) N/A
#21 2008 Bangkok 1st 1st 3rd (Champions - Kuala Lumpur)
#22 2009 Jakarta 2nd (Champions - Singapore) 4th (Champions - Singapore) DNP (Champions - Kuala Lumpur)
#23 2010 Singapore 3rd (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) 4th (Champions - Kuala Lumpur) 4th (Champions - Kuala Lumpur)

Division Champions[edit]

Each age group in the club plays a round-robin league structure to determine the overall champions for the season. The overall Champions year-by-year have been:

Season Division 4 Division 3 Division 2 Division 1 Girls Division
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09

BSL Youth League[edit]

In 2001, BSL established a Youth League to enable players in the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups to play against local Thai football clubs. BSL enters two teams at Under 13 level (Inter and Athletico) and one team at Under 15 level (Inter). Each age group has a league of 6 teams playing a 10 match season. This is then followed by a Cup competition involving 8 teams per age group.

League Championship

Season U13 Champions Inter BSL U13 Athletico BSL U13 U15 Champions Inter BSL U15
2003-04 SIT Saman 4th 6th Assumption  ??
2004-05 Ponggunpai 2nd 5th Wang Ngam 4th
2005-06 Wang Ngam 5th 6th Inter Campus 5th
2006-07 Wang Ngam 2nd 4th Bangkok Christian 5th
2007-08 Inter BSL 1st
2008-09 Inter BSL 1st

League Cup

Season U13 Champions Inter BSL U13 Athletico BSL U13 U15 Champions Inter BSL U15
2003-04 Wang Ngam 3rd 8th
2004-05 Ponggunpai 3rd 7th Inter BSL 1st
2005-06 Sathit Bangna 5th 7th Inter BSL 1st
2006-07 Bangkok Christian
2007-08 2nd
2008-09

References[edit]

1. http://www.bangkokpost.com/220808_Sports/22Aug2008_sport27.php 2. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006/09/16/sport/sport_30013801.php

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