Regional League North-East Division

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Regional League North-East Division
Country Thailand Thailand
Founded 2009
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Regional League Division 2
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Thai League Cup
Current champions Udon Thani
(2016)
Website http://www.d2.in.th
2016

Regional League North-East Division is the 3rd Level League in Thailand. It was formed in 2009 along with other four other regional leagues, all playing at the same level. The winner of each regional league enter the Regional League Championships to determine the three teams that will receive promotion to the Thai Division 1 League.

League history[edit]

Formed in 2009, initially 12 clubs applied to be part of the new setup; SongkhlaUnited, Chaiyaphum United, Loei City, Mahasarakham, Mukdahan-Savannakhet, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Udon Thani and Ubon United.

Nakhon Ratchasima and Sakon Nakhon were the only two teams with previous experience in the Thai football league system.

Loei City won the first ever championship and took the Regional League championship allocation, winning the division on the final day of the season.

After round 16 and with only 6 more matchdays to go, Ubon United withdrew from the league and were subsequently banned by FAT for two years due to a dispute with the football federation over standards set off the field of play. This in itself caused confusion within the division itself, as initially 2-0 results were awarded to the opposition, but in the final week of the season it was announced by the football federation that all results would be declared null and void, thus a new league table being drawn up for the final game.

Timeline[edit]

Year Important Events Participating Clubs
2009
  • 1st ever Regional League North-East starts.
  • 4 clubs (Loei City, Ubon United, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima) enters the FA Cup
  • Ubon United withdrew and suspended for 2 years after matchday 16
12
2010
  • League expanded to 16 teams
16

Championship history[edit]

Season Winner Runner Up Third Place
2009 Loei City Nakhon Ratchasima Udon Thani
2010 Loei City Buriram Yasothon United
2011 Roi Et United Loei City Nakhon Ratchasima
2012 Roi Et United Sisaket United Udon Thani
2013 Roi Et United Udon Thani Ubon Ratchathani
2014 Ubon UMT Udon Thani Loei City
2015 Khon Kaen United Ubon UMT United Udon Thani
2016 Udon Thani Ubon Ratchathani Kalasin

Member clubs[edit]

Club Province Years
Buriram Buriram 2009–2010
Chaiyaphum Chaiyaphum 2009–2015
Loei City Loei 2009–2015
Mahasarakham Mahasarakham 2009–present
Mukdahan Lamkhong Mukdahan 2009–present
Nakhon Phanom Nakhon Phanom 2009–present
Nakhon Ratchasima Nakhon Ratchasima 2009–2011
Roi Et United Roi Et 2009–2013, 2015–present
Sakon Nakhon Sakon Nakhon 2009–present
Surin City Surin 2009–present
Udon Thani Udon Thani 2009–present
Ubon United Ubon Ratchathani 2009
Kalasin Kalasin 2010–present
Nong Bua Pitchaya Nong Bua Lamphu 2010–2015
Nong Khai Nong Khai 2010–present
Ubon Ratchathani Ubon Ratchathani 2010–present
Yasothon Yasothon 2010–2013, 2016–present
Amnat Poly United Amnat Charoen 2011–present
Sisaket United Sisaket 2012–present
Khon Kaen Khonkaen 2015–present
Khon Kaen United Khonkaen 2015
Ubon UMT United Ubon Ratchathani 2015