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The Thai Premier League Chairman Vichit Yamboonruang has announced that a delegation from the Asian Football Confederation will visit Thailand between July 14 and 22. The officials are making the trip to inspect stadiums of the country’s top-flight clubs as part of the governing body’s evaluation process to allocate places in the continents elite club competition for the AFC Champions League next season.
Thailand were handed one automatic spot plus a play-off berth for the ACL’s current season.
Muang Thaong United SCG Stadium and Buri-ram United’s I-Mobile stadium will not be part of the evaluation because they have already passed evaluation. The officials will visit the stadiums at Bangkok United, Chiang Rai United, Suphan Buri, Songkhla united and BEC Tero Sasana which moved to a new ground this season. Vichit is claimed that many stadiums have improved considerably but did not say whether the country will get more ACL places. He said “we should get better scores but I can’t say we will get more places because we don’t know how other countries will fare. It also depends on other factors in deciding the quotas for each country such as the world’s ranking or the number of Fifa-licensed referees.