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Thailand Football & the Reason Why They are Faithful to Liverpool FC

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

People worldwide can attest that football “is more than just a game; it’s a lifestyle.” In countries around the world, football (American Soccer) is played in the streets, on school grounds, in stadiums, and wherever someone can pick up an old newspaper and crunch it into a paper ball.



More than 2 billion people watched the World Cup Final this passed year. It’s hard to believe that a fourth of our world’s population watched a single sporting event. The statistic undeniably shows why football is the mother of all sports.


Thailand is no different. Football is the most popular sport to play and to watch. It doesn’t mean Thais are necessarily talented players, but it is clear they find as much joy in ‘the beautiful game’ as everywhere else in the world.


Playing

You’ll see people playing with a ball wherever you are in the country, from the Chiang Rai mountains in Northern Thailand to the paradise beaches on stunning islands. All ages play. Whether they are young elementary school players learning basic skills, or experienced adults who need to stretch for hours before standing on two feet and kicking a ball. There are many organized leagues to choose from- youth leagues, indoor leagues, adult Sunday leagues, weekend tournaments, and more.


As a foreign teacher, the best way to get touches on the ball is to play after school. The school fields are open til sunset and you best be sure, students will be there playing til they no longer can play anymore. It’s a good opportunity to get competitive with the students that often cause you headaches in the classroom.


Watching

Thailand has a national league called the Thai League 1, which is comprised of 18 teams. The league is in its 23rd season. The 2019 season began in mid February and will finish at the end of October. Buriram United, a team located 3 hours East of Bangkok, are the 2018 defending champions. Locals are die-hard fans and often travel long distances to support their team at important away matches. The matches are always aired on local TV, and often on national TV too.