Football Tribe SEA Editor
The Thai League is set to be postponed until September, as a result of the most recent meeting between the competition officials yesterday.
Football around the world has been on indefinite hiatus due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), forcing leagues to reschedule their fixtures.
Having first set tentative restart dates of April 19th and May 2nd for games played behind closed doors, the Thai League has finally decided for a major shift in plans and anticipates restarting only in September.
This move will reportedly be the impetus for a permanent switch to a ‘European style’ September to May schedule for the league going forward.
The move has proved divisive as fans debate the merits of the new scheduling, and how clubs will manage their finances with no revenue streams for the coming months.
Additionally, the league has ruled that whichever sides finish the first leg of the season in the top 4 will earn their places in the 2021 AFC Champions League.
Many questions are yet to be answered, such as the fate of the two domestic cups and how the league will cope with international tournaments such as the AFF Cup and SEA Games in the coming seasons.