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A Thai women’s league to help the national team

The Thai women's league will start end of January and will last until May, with 11 teams in contention, including the U-16 and U-19 national teams. Get to know the teams and follow the league on mycujoo !

The U-19 Thai national team won the Women's League in 2017

Women’s football in Thailand is quite on a high after the national team qualified for its second FIFA World Cup in a row. To capitalize on this great performance of the top flight team of the country, the FA now relaunches the League, which will include youth national teams on top of clubs this year again.

The league will run from 26 January until 4 May, and is composed of 11 teams split in two groups, with the U-16 national team in one group and the U-19 one in the other group. Mr. Santi Sai Kaew, Head of the Air Force Club approved this system, saying that "the Thai national football team qualified for the second time for the World Cup, and we are hoping for a good performance. With including these youth teams in the League, the goal is to strengthen the players who will be in the future main national team".

Settling down

If the beautiful game is very popular in Thailand, it has not always been easy to organize a league for women. As a consequence, there’s been no league at all between 2013 and 2016, hence the players could only play for University teams. In 2017, the League already included the U-19 and U-16 national teams, with the former winning the title, three points ahead of Dhurakij Pundit.

A Women's Thai League game in 2017

This season, the format is a regular round robin in the two groups, and the two teams finishing on top of each group will then play semi-finals and the final to determine the champion. Thanaphat Thooptha, Head of Thammasat University, explained that "Thammasat University Club is a new team who just started. In our group, I think the strongest team is Thai national team, but I am confident we will resist and fight for all the games."

One sure thing, the hope to settle down women’s football in Thailand is high, and this league, which will be entirely live streamed on mycujoo, is seen as one more step to do so. And if the 'Chaba Kaew' would perform well in France this summer, then the success would be complete.

"There are women playing football everywhere in my country. There is little resistance in Thailand against women playing football. Our FA has noticed the increasing women’s football population and we will continue to develop the game by arranging more regional competitions through cooperation with local FAs, regional governments and sports schools", told Rumpha Ploy Varaveerakul, the Thais’ general manager, to FIFA.com a few months ago.

Thai Women’s League

Group A
Chonburi FC, Bangkok Club, Lampang Sports School Club, Nakhon Si Lady SS Club, Thammasat University Club, Thai national team U-16

Group B
BG-Asia Graduates Club, Air Force Club, Kasem Bundit University FC Club, Sisaket Sports School Club, Thai national team U-19