Thai FA Cup

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Thai FA Cup
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Organising body Football Association of Thailand
Founded 1980; 39 years ago (1980)
Region Thailand
Number of teams 736 (2016–17)
Domestic cup(s) Thailand Champions Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Chiangrai United (2 titles)
Most successful club(s) Rajpracha (5 titles)
Television broadcasters TrueVisions
Website FA Cup
2018 Thai FA Cup

The Thai FA Cup (Thai: ไทยเอฟเอคัพ), known officially as The Football Association of Thailand Cup, is a football cup competition in Thailand.Thai FA Cup is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic football. It was held between 1980 and 2001 and relaunched in 2009.[1] Bangkok Bank won the first two editions.

In 2009 it was announced that the Thai FA Cup would return to the Thai football calendar. All the teams from the Thai League 1 and Division 1 League were automatically entered and teams from the Division 2 League as well as university and schools teams could apply to enter. The qualifying round took place from 27–30 June. The first round proper will see sixteen qualifiers progress to the second round where they will each meet a Division 1 side. The sixteen TPL teams enter at the third round stage. The final will be played at National Stadium with the winning team receiving 1,000,000 Thai baht. The runners-up will receive 500,000 Thai baht.

Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Football Association of Thailand cancelled the remaining league and cup season for 2016 stating that the FA Cup winners would be determined by a lottery draw. This was at the semi-final stage of the competition and would determine who would represent Thailand in Asian competition.[2][3]

The following day however (15 October), FAT appeared to do a U-turn and announced that further discussions with key stake holders would determine whether the league campaign would continue. These discussions were required as teams that were in the relegation places at the time of the original announcement were voicing their concerns.[4]

After the discussions, FAT decided that the four semi-finalists were awarded 2016 Thai FA Cup co-winners. A draw was held among them to select the team that will participate in 2017 AFC Champions League Play-off[5][6] and was won by Sukhothai, while Chonburi withdrew from the draw.[7]

Competition format


The competition proceeds as a knockout tournament throughout, consisting of five rounds, a semi-final and then a final.There is no seeding, the fixtures in each round being determined by a random draw. Prior to the semi-finals, fixtures ending in a tie are extra time have been decided by penalty shoot-out. The first rounds are qualifiers, with the draws organised on a regional basis. The next rounds are the "proper" rounds where all clubs are in one draw.

Qualification for subsequent competitions

AFC Champions League

The Thai FA Cup winners qualify for the following season's AFC Champions League . The Thai FA Cup winners enter the AFC Champions League at the qualifying play-off preliminary round 2.

Thailand Champions Cup

The Thai FA Cup winners also qualify for the following season's single-match Thailand Champions Cup, the traditional season opener played against the previous season's Thai League 1 champions (or the Thai League runners-up if the Thai FA Cup winners also won the league – the double).


Period Sponsor Name
2009–2014 Thailand Thaicom Thaicom FA Cup
2015–2020 Thailand Chang Chang FA Cup
Since 2009 the FA Cup Final has been held at National Stadium.

Championship history

Year Champion Result Runner-up Venue
1975 Rajpracha
1976 Rajpracha
1977–79 Not Played
1980 Bangkok Bank
1981 Bangkok Bank
1982–83 Not Played
1984 Lopburi
1985 Rajpracha
Chaiyaphum United
1986–91 Not Played
1992 UCOM Rajpracha
1993 TOT
1994 UCOM Rajpracha
1995 Royal Thai Air Force
1996 Royal Thai Air Force
1997 Sinthana
1998 Bangkok Bank
1999 Thai Farmers Bank
2000 Not Played
2001 Royal Thai Air Force
2002–08 Not Played
2009 Thai Port
1–1 (5–4 pens)
BEC Tero Sasana Supachalasai Stadium
2010 Chonburi
Muangthong United Supachalasai Stadium
2011 Buriram PEA
Muangthong United Supachalasai Stadium
2012 Buriram United
Army United Supachalasai Stadium
2013 Buriram United
Bangkok Glass Supachalasai Stadium
2014 Bangkok Glass
Chonburi Supachalasai Stadium
2015 Buriram United
Muangthong United Supachalasai Stadium
2016 Chainat Hornbill, Chonburi, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol, and Sukhothai (shared title)
2017 Chiangrai United
Bangkok United Supachalasai Stadium
2018 Chiangrai United
Buriram United Supachalasai Stadium
2019 Supachalasai Stadium

Top-performing clubs

Club Champions
Rajpracha 5 (1975, 1976, 1985, 1992, 1994)
Buriram United 4 (20111, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Bangkok Bank 3 (1980, 1981, 1998)
Royal Thai Air Force 3 (1995, 1996, 2001)
Chonburi 2 (2010, 20162)
Chiangrai United 2 (2017, 2018)
Lopburi 1 (1984)
TOT 1 (1993)
Chula United 1 (1997)
Thai Farmers Bank 1 (1999)
Thai Port 1 (2009)
Bangkok Glass 1 (2014)
Chainat Hornbill 1 (20162)
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol 1 (20162)
Sukhothai 1 (20162)

1 as Buriram PEA
2 shared title

See also


  1. ^ "Thailand - List of Cup Winners".
  2. ^ "ประกาศ : เรื่องยุติการแข่งขันกีฬาฟุตบอล ฟุตซอล ฟุตบอลชายหาด ประจำฤดูกาล ๒๕๕๙". October 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Premier League Thailand". Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  4. ^ "Thai clubs on edge as FAT ponders U-turn". Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  5. ^ "มติเอกฉันท์ยุติฤดูกาล2559-ยึด18ทีมชัยนาท,อาร์มี่ตกชั้น". 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Goal Recap : สรุปประเด็นจับฉลากบอลไทย 20 ตุลาคม 2016". 20 October 2016.
  7. ^ "OFFICIAL : สุโขทัยจับสลากได้สิทธิ์ลุย ACL 2017". 20 October 2016.

External links

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