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Thai League 1 to resume on September 12

Football Association of Thailand president, Police General (Rtd.) Somyot Poonpanmoung at the workshop in Bangkok on October 8, 2019. (Football Association of Thailand)

The Football Association of Thailand has announced that the country’s top football league, Thai League 1, will restart on September 12, 2020, and the season will run until May 15, 2021.

The league’s season has traditionally taken place within a calendar year. FAT president Somyot Poompunmuang had said last month that the league was considering permanently switching to a schedule that straddled two years, mirroring football seasons in Europe.

Somyot confirmed the coming season’s schedule following its approval by the association’s executive board.

Somyot also announced that the top four teams at the halfway point of the season will qualify for the 2021 AFC Champions League.

Only four rounds of matches were completed in the 2020 Thai League 1 season before it was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bangkok Post reported that Thai league officials recently had a video conference with Germany’s Bundesliga to discuss the Covid-19 measures the German league put in place for its restart. FAT director Benjamin Tan said the Thai governing body would choose its own measures as the two leagues are very different.

South Korea’s K League is the only league in East Asia to have returned to action. The Chinese Super League is planning to return in late June or early July. In Australia, the A-League is working towards a restart by the end of July. The Japanese J League has yet to set a date for its resumption.

Elsewhere in Asia, Turkmenistan’s Super League has returned to action, and the Iranian and Palestinian leagues have announced plans to do so.