Cambodian League

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Cambodian Premier League
Metfone Cambodian League.png
Country  Cambodia
Confederation AFC
Founded 1982; 34 years ago (1982)
Divisions 1
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Cambodian Second League
Domestic cup(s) King Cup
Hun Sen Cup
FFC Challenge Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Current champions Phnom Penh Crown (6th title)
(2015)
Most championships Phnom Penh Crown (6 titles)
TV partners BTV News
Website Official website
2016 Cambodian League

The Cambodian League (Khmer: ខេមបូឌៀលីក) is the top division of the Cambodian Football Federation. It is a Cambodia professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Cambodia football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 12 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Cambodia Division 1 League. With 12 teams playing 22 games each totaling 132 games in the season. With the new comer Abilrex Niigata[1] from Japan. However, Albirex has announced that they won't participate in 2015 Cambodian League due to financial crisis and replaced by CMAC United.

Overview[edit]

Competition format[edit]

  • The new 2014 series of Metfone C-League will feature the very first home and away fixtures in Cambodia football history. With the play-offs abolished, the FFC will introduce an end of season cup competition in its place. The King Cup will likely involve the top four finishers in the championship race playing-off for this new cup to add a bit of spice to the end of the campaign, while the teams below will play-off for the FFC Challenge Cup under the same format.
  • At the end of the season, the club with the most points is crowned champion.
  • Teams are ranked by total points, head-to-head, goal difference and goals scored.
  • Top team is qualified for AFC Cup qualifying round.
  • Bottom two teams will be relegated to Cambodian Second League.

Rules on foreign players[edit]

Clubs are only allowed to register five foreign players per season, one of whom must be Asian (4+1), and only three of them can be on the game sheet in each game.

2015 match fixing allegations[edit]

The end of the season was mired in match-fixing claims by Phnom Penh Crown who claimed that several players of the club had under performed. They announced these claims with only the two legged playoff final remaining.[2][3][4]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Asia Europe United Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium 50,000
Boeung Ket Angkor Kampong Cham RCAF Old Stadium 10,000
Cambodian Tiger Phnom Penh Western Stadium 1,000
CMAC United Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium 50,000
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey Takéo Kirivong Stadium 2,000
Nagaworld Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium 50,000
National Defense Ministry Phnom Penh RCAF Old Stadium 10,000
National Police Commissary Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium 50,000
Phnom Penh Crown Phnom Penh RSN Stadium 10,000
Svay Rieng Svay Rieng Svay Rieng Stadium 1,500
Western Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Western Stadium 1,000

Previous winners[edit]

Previous champions are:[5]

Seasons top scorers[edit]

Season Nationality Name Club Goals
2008 Cambodia Khim Borey National Defense Ministry 18
2009 Nigeria Justine Uche Prince Phnom Penh Crown 21
2010 Nigeria Julius Ononiwu Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 25
2011 Nigeria Julius Oiboh Nagacorp 28
2012 Nigeria Nwakuna Friday Boeung Ket Rubber Field 20
2013 Cambodia Khoun Laboravy Svay Rieng 20
2014 Nigeria Dzarma Bata Svay Rieng 23
2015 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Angkor 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albirex Niigata Phnom Penh FC for 2014". Goal Singapore. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Club Statement". Phnom Penh Crown Official Website. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Phnom Penh Crown suspend players over ‘match-fixing’". Aseanfootball.org. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Coach in Crown crisis to seek legal advice". Aseanfootball.org. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cambodia - List of Champions". RSSSF. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

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