The 2020 season Toyota Thai League is finally set to return on September 12 after months of hiatus following the COVID-19 global pandemic. As Thailand continues to recover from the crisis rapidly, the KBU SPORT POLL, founded by the Center of Innovation for Human Capital Development (CIHCD) of Kasem Bundit University, set out to understand the current views of Thai football fans on the situations regarding the “new normal” Thai League.
The online poll took place on August 24-26, gathering responses from 1,148 individuals aged 18 and over who claim to be interested in and subscribe to sports news with 614 (53.49%) males, and 534 (46.51%) females.
The polling results are as follows:
Which club do you think will come out as champions or be in the top 5 of the final league standings?
A close one between Port FC and BG Pathum United as the poll reveals 23.12% rooting for the prior and 21.49% for the latter. Running in third is Buriram United at 19.37%, followed by True Bangkok United at 16.95% and SCG Muangthong United at 14.53%.
As a football fan, which aspect of the competition would you like to see most?
At 26.17%, the majority would like to see “exhilarating football matches,” while approximately 1/4 of the fans are looking for “match officials that are fair and can keep up with the game.” 17.93% claims to be looking for “the establishment of a new department dedicated to promoting and enhancing the competition to an international standard.” Furthermore, 15.63% want to see “more sensational skill moves and tricks from the players,” and 11.92% would like to see “more active Thai League fans in general.”
As a football fan, what problems would you like to not see happen in Thai football?
Over 25% of fans don’t want to see unfair competition, while up to 20.41% would not appreciate football players who don’t respect and follow referees’ decisions. 17.94% of fans mentioned altercations caused by the fans in the stadiums themselves, and 11.62% would not want to be affected by the uncertainty surrounding live broadcasting.
As it stands, Port F.C. is currently 3rd on the Thai League 1 tables with an impressive unbeaten run, yielding 10 points in four matches. Over the break, the club had made several exciting signings, including Nelson Bonilla, Adisorn Promrak, Thithatorn Aksornsri, and Thithawee Aksornsri.