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Thai League 1
Thai League T1 Logo.svg
Founded 1996; 22 years ago (1996)
First season 1996–97
Country Thailand
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Thai League 2
Domestic cup(s) Thai FA Cup
Champions Cup
League cup(s) Thai League Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Mekong Club Championship
Current champions Buriram United (6th title)
Most championships Buriram United (6 titles)
TV partners TrueVisions
2018 Thai League 1

The Thai League 1 (Thai: ไทยลีก 1), commonly known as the T1, is a Thai professional league for Football Association of Thailand clubs. At the top of the Thai football league system, it is the country's premier football competition. Contested by 18 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Thai League 2. The Thai League is a corporation in which the 18 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from February to October, with teams playing 34 games each with a total of 306 games in the season. It is sponsored by Toyota and therefore officially known as the Toyota Thai League. In the Thai League, most of the games are played during Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played on Wednesdays and Fridays.



Before the inception of the Thai 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 League was introduced in 1996 by the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) under the name Thailand Soccer League. Eighteen clubs who earlier competed for the Kor Royal Cup were registered to play in the first edition of a double round-robin league system.[1] Thai Farmers Bank was crowned as the first champion of the 1996–97 Thailand Soccer League.

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

Leagues integration (2007)[edit]

Most of Thai League clubs in that time were the organisation of government authorities club that based in Greater Bangkok and Metropolitan. Meanwhile, the other local clubs had competed in the semi-pro league called the Provincial League. Thai Premier League faced the issue of low attendance and lack of local loyalties while the Provincial league suffered the financial issue. In 2007, Thai League was integrated with Provincial League completely. Chonburi from the Provincial League was the first champion of the new Thailand Premier League in 2007 season.

Modern era (2009)[edit]

In 2009 season, there were significant changes in the lead to the new era of the Thai Premier League. Asian Football Confederation declared the regulations for the associations that have the intention to send the clubs to compete in AFC Champions League starting from 2011.[2] Football Association of Thailand had to establish Thai Premier League and forced the clubs in the top league to complete AFC Club License Criteria[3] otherwise Thai clubs will not eligible to play in the Champions League. Clubs were forced to separate themselves from the parent organisations and registered as the independent football authorities.

The massive changes occurred in that season. Thailand Premier League renamed to Thai Premier League. Two times league champion Krung Thai Bank failed to complete the new regulations. The organisation decided to sell the club. The club was acquired by Boon Rawd and rebranded to be Bangkok Glass. Bangkok University had expelled their football club section. The club rebrand itself to Bangkok United since then. The organisation-based clubs had to relocate to find the local supporters to backup the clubs. Osotspa changed their home stadium to Saraburi Province, TOT moved to play in Kanchanaburi, Royal Navy played in Rayong Province while Thailand Tobacco Monopoly integrated to Samut Sakhon Province and rebranded to TTM Samut Sakhon.

Muangthong United were promoted from Thai Division 1 League in that season and won Thai Premier League in their first year in the top league.

Thailand Clasico[edit]

Thailand Clasico or The Classic Match of Thailand is the matchup between Muangthong United and Chonburi. It is the matchup that presents Thai football in the modern era. The name was given to the encounter of two teams due to the hype and massive atmosphere around the match. The first encounter between them happened in the 2009 Thai Premier League season. On 30 May 2009, Chonburi that was regarded as the best club in Thailand at that moment hosted the new powerhouse who were just promoted from Division 1 Muangthong United. The match was played at Nong Prue Stadium, Pattaya. Before the match, Chonburi was the leader in the table after 10 matches of the season while Muangthong followed in second with one less point. Chonburi made the lead by 2–0 in the first thirty minutes but Muangthong bounced back to win by the 5–2 result at the end. The match was full of the exciting and dramatic moments. Then, it was considered as one of the most classic matches in Thai League history. The Muangthong versus Chonburi matchup was dubbed as "Thailand Clasico" ever since then.

The first invincible[edit]

In 2012 season, Muangthong United under Serbian head coach Slaviša Jokanović, had become the first club in the league history that completed the season with an unbeaten record. Muangthong finished at the top of the final standing with 25 wins and 9 draws.

Buriram dominance[edit]

The Buriram Dominance refers to the 2013 to 2015 season, which Buriram United won Thai Premier League in three consecutive seasons as the first club in the league history. The three titles in that period included two invincible titles which Buriram United completed Thai Premier League campaign unbeaten in 2013 and 2015 season.

Rebranding (2017)[edit]

In 2017, Football Association of Thailand decided to rebranded Thai Premier League into Thai League 1. Since its inception in 1996 brand image of Thai League is always attached to the sponsor but this re-branding is built a identity for the Thai League to be clearly and become international professional football league with the modernise of competition management and design new appearance of the league such as logo that also flexible to use on a variety of media, trophy, fonts to become more modern styled.[4][5] This rebranding earned the Good Design Award in the Brand Identity branch from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.[6]


# 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 Osotspa M-150 Samut Prakan
7 2002–03 Krung Thai Bank BEC Tero Sasana
8 2003–04 Krung Thai Bank BEC Tero Sasana
9 2004–05 Thailand Tobacco Monopoly PEA
10 2006 Bangkok University Osotspa M-150 Samut Prakan
11 2007 Chonburi Krung Thai Bank
12 2008 PEA Chonburi
13 2009 Muangthong United Chonburi
14 2010 Muangthong United Buriram PEA
15 2011 Buriram PEA Chonburi
16 2012 SCG Muangthong United Chonburi
17 2013 Buriram United SCG Muangthong United
18 2014 Buriram United Chonburi
19 2015 Buriram United SCG Muangthong United
20 2016 SCG Muangthong United Bangkok United
21 2017 Buriram United SCG Muangthong United
22 2018

Wins by club[edit]

Rank Club Wins Winning years
1 Buriram United
2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
2 SCG Muangthong United
2009, 2010, 2012, 2016
3 Air Force Central
1997, 1999
Police Tero 2000, 2001–02
Krung Thai Bank 2002–03, 2003–04
6 Bangkok Bank
True Bangkok United 2006
BBCU 1998
Chonburi 2007
TTM FC 2004–05

The Invincibles[edit]

Unbeatable champions:



Thai Honda Ladkrabang, Sisaket and Super Power Samut Prakan were relegated to the 2018 Thai League 2 after finishing the 2017 season in the bottom three places.

They were replaced by Chainat Hornbill, Air Force Central and PT Prachuap from Thai League 2.

Stadiums and location (2018)[edit]

Team Province Stadium Capacity
Air Force Central Pathum Thani Thupatemee Stadium 20,000
Bangkok Glass Pathum Thani Leo Stadium 16,014
Bangkok United Pathum Thani Thammasat Stadium 25,000
Buriram United Buriram Chang Arena 32,600
Chainat Hornbill Chai Nat Khao Plong Stadium 12,000
Chiangrai United Chiang Rai Singha Stadium 11,354
Chonburi Chonburi Chonburi Stadium 8,680
Muangthong United Nonthaburi SCG Stadium 15,000
Nakhon Ratchasima Nakhon Ratchasima 80th Birthday Stadium 24,641
Navy Chonburi Sattahip Navy Stadium 6,000
Pattaya United Chonburi Nong Prue Stadium 5,500
Police Tero Bangkok Boonyachinda Stadium 3,550
Port Bangkok PAT Stadium 12,000
PT Prachuap Prachuap Khiri Khan Sam Ao Stadium 5,000
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol Ratchaburi Mitr Phol Stadium 10,000
Sukhothai Sukhothai Thalay Luang Stadium 8,000
Suphanburi Suphan Buri Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium 25,000
Ubon UMT United Ubon Ratchathani UMT Stadium 6,000

Stadiums (2018)[edit]

Air Force Central Bangkok Glass Bangkok United Buriram United Chainat Hornbill Chiangrai United
Thupatemi Stadium Leo Stadium Thammasat Stadium Chang Arena Khao Plong Stadium Singha Stadium
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 16,014 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 32,600 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 11,354
Thupatemee Stadium.jpg LEO Stadium 2017.jpg Thammasat Stadium.jpg Isan, Mueang Buri Ram District, Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - panoramio (6).jpg Khaopong Stadium.jpg Chiangrai Stadium.jpg
Chonburi Muangthong United Nakhon Ratchasima Navy Pattaya United Port
Chonburi Stadium SCG Stadium 80th Birthday Stadium Sattahip Navy Stadium Nong Prue Stadium PAT Stadium
Capacity: 8,680 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 24,641 Capacity: 6,000 Capacity: 6,000 Capacity: 12,000
Chonburi Stadium.jpg SCG Stadium 2017.jpg Korat v Thailand XI.JPG NavyStadium.jpg Pattaya United Stadium 2016.jpg Thai Port Stadium 2016.jpg
Police Tero PT Prachuap Ratchaburi Mitr Phol Sukhothai Suphanburi Ubon UMT United
Boonyachinda Stadium Sam Ao Stadium Mitr Phol Stadium Thalay Luang Stadium Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium UMT Stadium
Capacity: 3,550 Capacity: 2,700 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 6,000
Boonyachinda Stadium 20180303 02.jpg Sam-Ao Mainstand.jpg Mitr Phol Stadium 2017.jpg Thung Thalay Luang Stadium 2016.jpg FC Suphamburi Stadium.jpg


All-time top scorers[edit]

As of 14 April 2018
Thai League
Rank Player Period Goals Apps
1 Cleiton Silva 2010–2014, 2015–2017, 2018– 119 179
2 Teerasil Dangda 2009–2014, 2015–2017 111 247
3 Pipob On-Mo 2006– 108 404
4 Sarayuth Chaikamdee 2001–2004, 2007–2012, 2013–2014 101 233
5 Mario Gjurovski 2012– 88 178
6 Dragan Boškovic 2013– 87 134
Mohamed Koné 2003–2007, 2009, 2010–2014 87 177
7 Heberty 2014–2016, 2017– 83 116
8 Anon Sangsanoi 2006–2016 79 177
9 Diogo 2015– 74 78
10 Teeratep Winothai 2006–2008, 2009–2014, 2016– 67 240

Figures for active players (in bold).

Most appearances[edit]

As of 13 March 2017
Rank Player Position Apps Goals
1 Rangsan Viwatchaichok MF 439 49
2 Pipob On-Mo FW 402 108
3 Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool GK 353 1
4 Siwarak Tedsungnoen GK 336 0
5 Nattaporn Phanrit DF 335 19
6 Pichitphong Choeichiu MF 324 62
7 Narit Taweekul GK 315 1
8 Apichet Puttan DF 262 7
9 Kittisak Rawangpa GK 254 0
10 Jetsada Jitsawad DF 253 4

Figures for active players (in bold) .

Player statistics[edit]


Thai League trophy from 2011 to 2016

Prize money[edit]

  • Champion: 10,000,000 Baht
  • Runner-up: 2,000,000
  • Third place: 1,500,000
  • Fourth place: 800,000


  • 2011 – 2016 trophy: In 2010, Football Association of Thailand and Thai Premier League Co. Ltd considered to improve the image of Thai Premier League Trophy. The trophy itself was designed by Glue Creative from England and produced by British Silverware of Sheffield. The trophy was crafted by silver with the European style of a crown. Three divas are holding up the trophy and three golden elephants are standing on the base. The trophy is 75 cm tall and weighs more than 30 kg. The production used 250-man hours of work and the finished trophy worth 2 million baht.
  • 2017 – current trophy: In 2017, Football Association of Thailand order the trophy produced from England that was created by Royal Jewellers Asprey of London to be new champions trophy. The trophy reflecting Thai identity by the use of Kranok pattern mixed with modern pattern and sculpt it pieces by piece.[7][8]

Top scorers[edit]

Thai League 1
Season Top scorer Club Goals
2017 Dragan Bošković Bangkok United 38
2016 Cleiton Silva Muangthong United 27
2015 Diogo Buriram United 33
2014 Heberty Ratchaburi Mitr Phol 26
2013 Carmelo González Buriram United 23
2012 Teerasil Dangda
Cleiton Silva
Muangthong United
BEC Tero Sasana
2011 Franck Ohandza Buriram PEA 19
2010 Ludovick Takam Pattaya United 17
2009 Anon Sangsanoi BEC Tero Sasana 18
2008 Anon Sangsanoi BEC Tero Sasana 20
2007 Ney Fabiano Thailand Tobacco Monopoly 18
2006 Pipat Thonkanya BEC Tero Sasana 12
2004–05 Supakit Jinajai
Sarayoot Chaikamdee
Provincial Electricity Authority
Port Authority of Thailand
2003–04 Vimol Jankam Osotsapa 14
2002–03 Sarayoot Chaikamdee Port Authority of Thailand 12
2001–02 Worrawoot Srimaka
Pitipong Kuldilok
BEC Tero Sasana
Port Authority of Thailand
2000 Sutee Suksomkit Thai Farmer Bank 16
1999 Sutee Suksomkit Thai Farmer Bank 13
1998 Ronnachai Sayomchai Port Authority of Thailand 23
1997 Worrawoot Srimaka BEC Tero Sasana 17
1996–97 Amporn Amparnsuwan TOT 21

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Coach Club
2017 Totchtawan Sripan Muangthong United
2015 Alexandre Gama Buriram United
2014 Masahiro Wada Chonburi
2013 Attaphol Buspakom Bangkok Glass
2012 Slaviša Jokanović Muangthong United
2011 Chalermwoot Sa-ngapol Pattaya United
2010 René Desaeyere Muangthong United
2009 Attaphol Buspakom Muangthong United
2008 Prapol Pongpanich Provincial Electricity Authority
2007 Jadet Meelarp Chonburi
2006 Somchai Subpherm Bangkok University
2004–05 Jose Alves Borges Thailand Tobacco Monopoly
2003–04 Worrawoot Dangsamer Krung Thai Bank
2002–03 Narong Suwannachot Krung Thai Bank
2001–02 Attaphol Buspakom BEC Tero Sasana
2000 Pichai Pituwong BEC Tero Sasana
1999 Piyapong Piew-on Royal Thai Air Force
1998 Karoon Narksawat Sinthana
1997 Piyapong Pue-on Royal Thai Air Force
1996–97 Withaya Laohakul Bangkok Bank

Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Club
2017 Jakkaphan Kaewprom Buriram United
2015 Diogo Luís Santo Buriram United
2014 Suchao Nuchnum Buriram United
2013 Theerathon Bunmathan Buriram United
2012 Teerasil Dangda SCG Muangthong United
2011 Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool Chonburi
2010 Datsakorn Thonglao Muangthong United
2009 Jetsada Jitsawad (Defender)
Kittipol Paphunga (Midfielder)
Pipat Thonkanya (Striker)
Muangthong United
BEC Tero Sasana
Thai Port
2008 Narongchai Vachiraban Provincial Electricity Authority
2007 Pipob On-Mo Chonburi
2006 Punnarat Klinsukon Bangkok University
2004–05 José Carlos da Silva Thailand Tobacco Monopoly
2003–04 Pichitphong Choeichiu Krung Thai Bank
2002–03 Cumpee Pintrakul Bangkok Bank
2001–02 Apichad Thaveechalermdit Bangkok Bank
2000 Anurak Srikerd BEC Tero Sasana
1998 Niweat Siriwong Sinthana
1997 Seksan Piturat Sinthana
1996–97 Amporn Amparnsuwan TOT

Competition format and sponsorship[edit]


There are 18 clubs in the Thai League. During the course of a season, which lasts from February to October, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 34 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then head-to-head, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the head-to-head, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Thai League 2 and the top three teams from the Thai League 2 are promoted in their place.

Qualification for Asian competitions[edit]

In the past the champions will play in AFC Champions League playoffs and AFC Cup for the champions of Thai FA Cup. Due to reforms from the AFC for the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup format, there will be no more a direct qualification spot for the AFC Champions League for that Thai Champion, for the time being.[9] From 2012 Thai clubs has 1 automatic spot to the group stage and 1 playoff spot for the Thai FA Cup Winners and 1 playoff spot for the thai league runner-up.

Thai League All-Star Exhibition game[edit]


The Thai League has been sponsored since 1996 until 2003 and has been sponsored again since 2010. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

  • 1996–1997: Johnnie Walker (Johnnie Walker Thailand Soccer League)
  • 1998–2000: Caltex (Caltex Premier League)
  • 2001–2003: Advanced Info Service (GSM Thai League)
  • 2003–2005: None (Thai League)
  • 2006–2008: None (Thailand Premier League)
  • 2009: None (Thai Premier League)
  • 2010–2012: Sponsor (Sponsor Thai Premier League)
  • 2013–present: Toyota (Toyota Thai Premier League in 2013–2015, Toyota Thai League in 2016–present )

Match balls[edit]

The 2016–2020 season uses the Grand Sport.

Youth League[edit]

Like the reserve league, the youth league is open to all the youth teams of all professional clubs in Thailand.

Other tournaments[edit]

Domestic tournaments
International tournaments
Defunct tournaments

Ranking Asian[edit]

Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking[edit]

As of 4 June 2018.[10]
Current Rank Points Team
12 1534 Buriram United
17 1508 SCG Muangthong United
42 1423 Chonburi
47 1414 True Bangkok United
66 1384 Bangkok Glass
88 1351 Singha Chiangrai United
89 1350 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
104 1332 Port
106 1330 Suphanburi
114 1322 Police Tero

See also[edit]


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