On August 30, the Football Association of Thailand declared that the local leagues are embarking on a “new era”, four days before the commencement of the 2021-22 season.

Read along on this sports news to find out the latest news in the Thai football scene.

Rebranding

According to FAT head, Somyot Poompunmuang, the top tier league of Thai football – Thai League 1 –  has been rebranded into the Revo Thai League. However, Toyota Motor Thailand will remain as its major sponsor.

Somyot also added that the matches of the season will be aired live on the TV channels, PPTV and Channel 5. On the digital side, the matches will be streamed live on online and mobile platforms via AIS Play.

The latest season will commence on Friday and he said that it will start with a “bang”. 

Somyot revealed in a virtual press meeting, “The teams will fiercely fight for the title and give happiness to fans.”

The opening of the season has been delayed two times because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

When the latest season commences, all of the matches will be held indoors while the clubs who came from the “dark-red zone provinces” including Bangkok will play their home games on areas in green or yellow zones.

New Era of Thai Football

Korrawee Pritsananantakul, CEO of the Thai League, declared that Thai football is entering a “new era”. 

He said that Opta Sports Analytics, a British company known for analyzing international matches by gathering real-time data, is tasked to collect and วิเคราะห์บอล data so that the fans will have access to information on players, clubs, and other interesting things related to Thai football.

He also announced that they will have a revamping of Thai football by encouraging all the clubs in their respective leagues to gain proper licenses to elevate the Thai football standard.

The Revo Thai League champions and the winners of the FA Cup will automatically gain a spot in the group stage of the AFC Champions League. On the other hand, those who fell in the second and third place in the top flight will compete in the ACL championship.

Current Champions

In the last season of the Thai League 1, BG Pathum United won their first-ever top-tier title in front of Port and Buriram. Former manager of the Rabbits, Dusit Chalernsam departed the team to join Rajpracha and Port after leading the team to their first Thai League 1 title.

Currently, Pathum is now managed by Australian coach Aurelio Vidmar who aided them to land on the elimination stages of the AFC Champions League.

The promoted clubs to the next level are Chiangmai United, Nongbua Pitchaya, and Khon Kaen United.

2021 AFC Champions League

Recently, BG Pathum lost to Korean team Ulsan Hyundai in the final match of the F Group. Both teams will advance to the Round of 16 stages that will start from September 23 to November this year.

In the knockout stage, BG Pathum will battle against Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC for the East Region match on September 15. 

Thai football club Ratchaburi Mitr Phol lost to Nagoya Grampus in the Group G match and also to Pohang Steelers in July 2021. Both the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus and Korean club Pohang Steelers will advance to the knockout stage.

As for Chiangrai United, despite winning against Singaporean club Tampines Rovers on July 10, they still lost to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and will not advance to the knockout stage. 

The knockout stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League will commence on September 13 and will close on November 23, 2021. All of the 16 winners from the previous stage will battle to snatch the title of 2021 AFC Champions League winners.

The remaining representative of Thailand that will compete on the knockout stage is BG Pathum United and they will face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the East Region match that will be held on September 15.