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Teams across the country are gearing up for Cambodia’s football season as both the Premier League and the Premier League 2 are set to kick off early next month
PHNOM PENH---Cambodia’s Second Tier Football League, popularly known as League 2 and formerly known as the Cambodian Second League, will kick off next month, with the 2022 season launching on March 6, according to the league’s organizing committee.
The top league, which is also called Cambodian Premier League (CPL), will start a day earlier on March. 5, 2022.
The CPL, under the leadership of CEO Satoshi Saito, cut down the number of clubs playing in the top-flight league to eight after implementing a new set of rules and regulations, including club licensing.
“There would be a lot of resistance, but we should overcome them to become better,” Saito said. “We need to change. If we can continue with this, we will be successful.”
The eight remaining clubs in the CPL are Boeung Ket FC, Tiffy Army FC, Visakha FC, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC, Angkor Tiger FC, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, NagaWorld FC, and Phnom Penh Crown FC, the defending champions.
According to the list released by the CPL, the company that runs Cambodia’s professional football leagues, there are 12 clubs that will compete in the upcoming season of the CPL 2.
The new company is also in charge of the CPL, Hun Sen Cup and Women’s League.
Five of them are coming from the old Metfone Cambodian League, including National Police Commissary FC, Asia Euro United FC, Soltilo Angkor FC, Electricite du Cambodge FC and Prey Veng FC.
The other seven teams are Koh Kong FC, ISI Dangkor Sen Chey FC, Banteay Meanchey FC, Siem Reap FC, National Football Academy (Bati Youth), Next Step FC and Tboung Khmum FC.
Koh Kong FC won the provincial leg of the Hun Sen Cup, Cambodia’s premier knockout tournament, last year. The club was also part of the old Cambodian Second League.
A newcomer to Cambodia’s football scene, Next Step FC, which is based in Siem Reap Province, is being run by Darren “Charlie” Pomroy, former head coach of Soltilo Angkor FC.
The draw for CPL 2 was held on Feb 15.