Thai FA Cup

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Thai FA Cup
Country Thailand Thailand
Founded 1980 (1st era)
2009 (2nd era)
Folded 2001 (1st era)
Number of teams 97
Last champions Chainat Hornbill
Chonburi
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
Sukhothai (title shared)
(2016)
Most championships Raj Pracha (5 times)
TV partners TrueVisions
Website http://www.fat.or.th/web/FACup.php
2017 Thai FA Cup

The Thai FA Cup (Thai: ไทยเอฟเอคัพ), known officially as The Football Association of Thailand Cup, is a football cup competition in Thailand.Thai FA Cup is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic football. It was held between 1980 and 2001 until relaunched again in 2009.[1] Bangkok Bank won the first two editions.

In 2009 it was announced that the Thai FA Cup would return to the Thai football calendar. All the teams from the Thai League 1 and Division 1 League were automatically entered and teams from the Division 2 League as well as university and schools teams could apply to enter. The qualifying round took place from 27–30 June. The first round proper will see sixteen qualifiers progress to the second round where they will each meet a Division 1 side. The sixteen TPL teams enter at the third round stage. The final will be played at Suphachalasai Stadium with the winning team receiving 1,000,000 Thai baht. The runners-up will receive 500,000 Thai baht.

Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Football Association of Thailand cancelled the remaining league and cup season for 2016 stating that the FA Cup winners would be determined by a lottery draw. This was at the semi-final stage of the competition and would determine who would represent Thailand in Asian competition.[2][3]

The following day however (15 October), FAT appeared to do a U-turn and announced that further discussions with key stake holders would determine whether the league campaign would continue. These discussions were required as teams that were in the relegation places at the time of the original announcement were voicing their concerns.[4]

After the discussions, FAT decided that the four semi-finalists were awarded 2016 Thai FA Cup co-winners. A draw was held among them to select the team that will participate in 2017 AFC Champions League Play-off[5][6] and was won by Sukhothai, while Chonburi withdrew from the draw.[7]

Competition format[edit]

Overview[edit]

The competition proceeds as a knockout tournament throughout, consisting of five rounds, a semi-final and then a final.There is no seeding, the fixtures in each round being determined by a random draw. Prior to the semi-finals, fixtures ending in a tie are extra time have been decided by penalty shoot-out. The first rounds are qualifiers, with the draws organised on a regional basis. The next rounds are the "proper" rounds where all clubs are in one draw.

Qualification for subsequent competitions[edit]

AFC Champions League[edit]

The Thai FA Cup winners qualify for the following season's AFC Champions League . The Thai FA Cup winners enter the AFC Champions League at the qualifying play-off preliminary round 2.

Thailand Champions Cup[edit]

The Thai FA Cup winners also qualify for the following season's single-match Thailand Champions Cup, the traditional season opener played against the previous season's Thai League 1 champions (or the Thai League runners-up if the Thai FA Cup winners also won the league – the double).

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Sponsor Name
2009–2014 ThailandThaicom Thaicom FA Cup
2015–2020 ThailandChang Chang FA Cup
Since 2009 the FA Cup Final has been held at National Stadium.

Championship history[edit]

Year Champion Result Runner-up Venue
1975 Raj Pracha
1976 Raj Pracha
1977-79 Not Played
1980 Bangkok Bank
1981 Bangkok Bank
1982-83 Not Played
1984 Lopburi
5-1
Chanthaburi
1985 Raj Pracha FC
2-0
Chaiyaphum
1986-91 Not Played
1992 UCOM Raj Pracha
1993 TOT
1994 UCOM Raj Pracha
1995 Royal Thai Air Force
1996 Royal Thai Air Force
1997 Sinthana
1998 Bangkok Bank
1999 Thai Farmers Bank
2-1
Osotsapa
2001 Royal Thai Air Force
2002-08 Not Played
2009 Thai Port
1-1 (5-4 pens)
BEC Tero Sasana National Stadium
2010 Chonburi
2-1
Muangthong United National Stadium
2011 Buriram PEA
1-0
Muangthong United National Stadium
2012 Buriram United
2-1
Army United National Stadium
2013 Buriram United
3-1
Bangkok Glass National Stadium
2014 Bangkok Glass
1-0
Chonburi National Stadium
2015 Buriram United
3-1
Muangthong United National Stadium
2016 Chainat Hornbill
Chonburi
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
Sukhothai
Title Shared

Top-performing clubs[edit]

Club Champions
Raj Pracha 5 (1975, 1976, 1985, 1992, 1994)
Buriram United (1 as Buriram PEA) 4 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Bangkok Bank 3 (1980, 1981, 1998)
Royal Thai Air Force 3 (1995, 1996, 2001)
Chonburi 2 (2010, 20161)
Lopburi 1 (1984)
TOT 1 (1993)
Chula United 1 (1997)
Thai Farmers Bank 1 (1999)
Thai Port 1 (2009)
Bangkok Glass 1 (2014)
Chainat Hornbill 1 (20161)
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol 1 (20161)
Sukhothai 1 (20161)

1 shared title

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