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Thai League 4 ( th, ไทยลีก 4), commonly known as the T4, is the Fourth Level League in Thailand. In 2009, it was divided into five groups by geographic region. Each group contained 16 clubs except for the Southern Region group which contained 13 clubs. It was sponsored by AIS and therefore officially known as the AIS Regional League Division 2. In 2016, Khor Royal Cup became a trophy for Regional League Division 2. In 2017, Football Association of Thailand rebranded the league to Thai League 4.


League History

The 3rd Level League was formed in 2006 with 10 member clubs. The league was created so that clubs from regional leagues could come together and play in a national league with the onus being on
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so clubs could easily move up the Thai football system ladder depending on performances on the football pitch rather than performances behind the scenes. The league was also created so it would combat against the rival Provincial League. With future growth moving the Pro League to join the 2nd Division. The league suffered another contraction after 2016 season, as 31 teams joined the newly created Thai League Championship. It also moved a tier down the pyramid, making it 4th Level League since 2017. In 2006, the first season, 10 clubs played each other twice, with promotion going to the championship winner Chula-Sinthana FC. No relegation occurred in 2006. In 2007, the league was expanded to 12 clubs, with the top two in the championship achieving promotion ( Mueang Thong NongJork United and PTT FC) and the bottom two clubs getting relegated (Thai Christian Sports Club and Thai Department of Agriculture). In 2008, although two clubs were relegated at the end of the 2007 season, the league was again expanded the following year, to 22 clubs. 2 Groups would be created. 11 clubs in Group A and 11 clubs in Group B. At the end of the season, 2 clubs from each group would be promoted with the league receiving four relegated teams from the Thailand Division 1 League. At the end of the season, the four clubs who achieved promotion would play off in an end of year competition to determine the overall league winner. No clubs would be relegated due to re-structuring of the league system again for the 2009 season. But all clubs who wish to play at this level were asked to re-submit to the league and each club would be graded such items as club structure and ground stadium. Each club was expected to have certain criteria in place to achieve league status. In 2009, 52 clubs played Division 2 League was combined with Provincial League by Football Association of Thailand. The league was again split from 2 groups into 5 groups covering the North of Thailand, North East (Isan) region, Central East Zone, Bangkok central zone and South of Thailand. The league was also renamed as the ''Regional League Division 2''. 5 group winners would enter a championship round to determine which three teams would gain promotion to the Thai Division 1 League. Raj Pracha duly won the championship stage and were promoted with Chiangrai United of the Northern League and Narathiwat of the Southern League. 75 teams were confirmed to play in the Regional League for the 2010 season. The number of teams in each region were as follows: North Region - 16 Teams, North East Region - 16 Teams, Central Region - 16 Teams, Southern Region - 14 Teams, Bangkok Region - 13 Teams Four teams would automatically be promoted to Division 1. The four promoted teams would be decided by two mini leagues at the conclusion of the regular season. The total number of teams competing in the mini leagues will be 12, they will be made up of the top two from each league with the best two 3rd placed teams from the Northern, North-east and Central-East leagues The top two from each mini league will gain promotion. The sides coming in 3rd and 4th position in the mini leagues would again play playoff matches against the bottom four clubs of Division 1 in order to gain promotion. 94 teams were confirmed to play in the Regional League for the 2016 season. The number of teams in each region were as follows: North Region - 12 Teams, North East Region - 14 Teams, East Region - 12 Teams, West Region - 12 Teams, South Region - 12 Teams, Bangkok Region - 11 Teams, Bangkok-East Region - 10 Teams, Central Region - 11 Teams In 2017, FA Thailand rebranding the Regional League into Thai League 4 and separate into 6 zones are northern region, northeastern region, eastern region, western region, Bangkok metropolitan region and southern region. In 2020, due to the epidemic of Coronavirus disease 2019 or also known as COVID-19, the season must be postponed to start in late 2020 and end in early 2021. In addition, the Thai League 4 had combined with the Thai League 3 and compete as Thai League 3 since this season.


Promotion and Relegation


2008 Promotion and Relegation

The top Two sides at the end of the 2008 season from A & B will be promoted to Thai Division 1 League. No teams would be relegated due to a re-structuring process.


2009 Promotion and Relegation

The league winner of the five groups (North-east, Northern, Central & East, Bangkok Metropolitan, Southern) entered a final round group, Regional League Championships 2009, played on a home and away basis. The top three teams of this championship group will achieve promotion to Thai Division 1 League. No teams would be relegated.


2010 Promotion and Relegation

The league winners and runners up of the five regional groups (North-east, Northern, Central & East, Bangkok Metropolitan, Southern) along with the two best 3rd placed teams from the North, North-east and Central/East would enter the 2010 Regional League Division 2, championships stage. From here, the top 2 teams from two groups of 5 would be promoted, the teams finishing in 3rd and 4th place would enter another round of playoffs with the bottom four clubs of the 2010 Thai Division 1 League to determine if any more clubs would be promoted. No teams would be relegated.


2016 Promotion and Relegation

The league winners and runners up of the eight regional groups (16 team) entered a final round group Regional League Championships Knockout 3 team best promotion to the Thai Division 1 League and 4-5 team best of the eight regional Promotion to the Thai League Championship. Team worst of the eight regional groups (8 team) relegated to the Thai Football Division 3.


2017 Promotion and Relegation

The league winners of the six regional groups and runners up of North-east, Central, East, Bangkok Metropolitan and third place of North-east and playoff winner with runners up of Northern-Southern (12 teams) entered a Champions League Knockout stage, The best five team in this stage will promoted to Thai League 3. Team worst of all regional groups relegated to the Thailand Amateur League.


Thailand League Division 2 Seasons

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2006


2007


2008


Regional League Division 2 Seasons


2009


2010


2011


2012


2013


2014


2015


2016


Thai League 4 Seasons

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2017


2018


2019


Champions History


Champions of the 3rd tier Thai football league system (Division 2)


Champions of the 4th tier Thai football league system (Thai League 4)


Regional League Winners

* Broken down into regional leagues which started in 2009


See also

* Football records in Thailand


References


2008 League Fixtures


External links


Official website

Football Association of Thailand

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