Football Association of Thailand
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) or the full name is the Football Association of Thailand under Patronage of His Majesty the King (Thai: สมาคมฟุตบอลแห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์) is the governing body of football in Thailand. It was founded in 25 April 1916 and then joined FIFA in 23 June 1925 and AFC in 1954.
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 1954.
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.)
- Thai FA Cup - an annual match of football clubs in Thailand.
- Thai 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 Premier League and the champions Thai FA Cup or runner-ups of the Premier League
- King's Cup - an annual international football competition for national teams.
List of Presidents of FAT
The following is a list of presidents of Football Association of Thailand (FAT).
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The following are the sponsors of FAT (named "FAT Partners"):
- Grand Sport
- Bangkok Hospital
- I fly Thai
- LG Electronics
- McDonald's Corporation
- Thai AirAsia
- Football in Thailand
- Thai football records and statistics
- Thailand national football team
- Thailand women's national football team
- Thai Premier League
- "ASIAN SOCCER FINALS IN SINGAPORE May be used as Olympic series". The Singapore Free Press. 5 October 1954."Singapore to Meet Indonesia in Asian Soccer Tourney". The Straits Times. 14 June 1955.
- The Nation (3 May 2012). "AirAsia to sponsor national volleyball team". The Nation (Bangkok).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Football in Thailand.|
- Official Football Association of Thailand website (Thai)
- Football Association of Thailand at AFC site
- Thailand at FIFA site