Thai Premier League

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Thai Premier League
Toyota Thai Premier League logo.png
Country Thailand Thailand
Confederation AFC
Founded 1996
Number of teams 20
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Yamaha League-1
Domestic cup(s) Thai FA Cup
Thai League Cup
Kor Royal Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Buriram United
(2013)
Most championships Muangthong United 3 Times
TV partners Thailand True Visions
Website thaipremierleague.co.th
2014 season

The Thai Premier League (Thai: ไทยพรีเมียร์ลีก) is a Thai professional league for association football clubs. At the top of the Thai football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Thai Division 1 League. The Thai Premier League is a corporation in which the 18 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from March to October, with teams playing 34 games each totalling 306 games in the season. It is sponsored by Toyota and therefore officially known as the Toyota Thai Premier League. In the Thai Premier League, most of the games are played during Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during the weekdays.

History[edit]

Before the inception of Thai Premier League, the highest level of club football was the Kor Royal Cup (Thai: ถ้วย ก.) which was contested in a tournament format from 1916 to 1995. Thai Premier League was introduced in 1996 by the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), with 18 clubs who earlier competed for the Kor Royal Cup, in a double round robin league system.[1]

The Thai Premier league originally had 10 to 12 clubs each season until 2007, when it was expanded to 16 clubs. At the end of each season, three bottom placed clubs are relegated to the Thai Division 1 League.

And also in 2007, Thai Premier League was combined with Provincial League completely. Chonburi was the first club from Provincial League that was the champion of Thai Premier League in 2007 season.

Thai Premier League champions

Titles by season[edit]

1996-2013

# Year Winners Runners-up
1 1996–97 Bangkok Bank Stock Exchange of Thailand
2 1997 Royal Thai Air Force Sinthana
3 1998 Sinthana Royal Thai Air Force
4 1999 Royal Thai Air Force Port Authority
5 2000 BEC Tero Sasana Royal Thai Air Force
6 2001–02 BEC Tero Sasana Osotsapa
7 2002–03 Krung Thai Bank BEC Tero Sasana
8 2003–04 Krung Thai Bank BEC Tero Sasana
9 2004–05 Tobacco Monopoly PEA
10 2006 Bangkok University Osotsapa
11 2007 Chonburi Krung Thai Bank
12 2008 PEA Chonburi
13 2009 Muangthong United Chonburi
14 2010 Muangthong United Buriram PEA
15 2011 Buriram United Chonburi
16 2012 Muangthong United Chonburi
17 2013 Buriram United Muangthong United

Titles by club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-Up Winning Seasons Runners-Up Seasons
Muangthong United
3
1
2009, 2010, 2012 2013
Buriram United
2
2
2011, 2013 2004–05, 2010
BEC Tero Sasana
2
2
2000, 2001–02 2002–03, 2003–04
Air Force Central
2
2
1997, 1999 1998, 2000
Krung Thai Bank
2
1
2002–03, 2003–04 2007
Chonburi
1
4
2007 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
BBCU
1
1
1998 1997
Bangkok Bank
1
0
1996–97
TTM Lopburi
1
0
2004–05
Bangkok United
1
0
2006
Osotspa Saraburi
0
2
2001–02, 2006
Stock Exchange of Thailand
0
1
1996–97
Singhtarua
0
1
1999