BANGKOK (26 April 2011) – The Thai Women’s Premier League starts this weekend with two big clubs – Rattana Bundit and BG-CAS Khon Kaen – set to dominate.
The Thai women’s league was first played in 2009 with just one division but last year due to the strong response from the fraternity, it was expanded to two divisions.
And this year, the 2011 edition will also see eight teams playing in the higher Thai Women’s Premier League and another eight teams battling it out in the lower First Division.
Other than Rattana Bundit and BG-CAS Khon Kaen, the other teams in the Thai Women’s Premier League are Bangkok Thonburi FC, Sisaket FC, North Bangkok FC, Khon Kaen Sports School, Surat Thani FC and Chonburi FC.
The champions of the Thai Women’s Premier League will receive THB600,000 (USD20,000), the runners-up THB300,000 (USD10,000) and the third-placed team THB150,000 (USD5,000).
Teams in Division One are Ang Thong FC, Ayutthaya FC, Sanamchan FC, Buriram-Rajabhat-University, Bangkok FC, Chonburi Sports School, Thung Song School, Nonthaburi and Trang United.
At the end of the season, the champion team and the runners-up of Division One will earn a direct promotion into the Thai Women’s Premier League.
The third and fourth ranked teams will have to fight for promotion in play-off games against the seventh and eighth-ranked teams from the Premier League.