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Football fields are present everywhere in Thailand making football the most popular sport in the country. Thai people generally start their training or friendly football games everyday in the late afternoon when it is much cooler. In addition to the famous International Football 7s held in Bangkok and Phuket, a few local tournaments are organized.
The Phuket tournament is the most in demand as the province is the ideal place for a sport vacation merging leisure and sport. Seven aside football can be played in a week-end, with the opportunity between games to enjoy a swim in the sea, and at night, parties in selected entertainment areas to take pleasure in the most lively night life of the kingdom.
Bangkok is also a good place to join in a tournament as there are several grass fields of outstanding quality. During the tournament, each participant will have not only a taste of this busy metropolis, but also enjoy the night in the many entertainment places. The absence of the beach make it the second most preferred football destination in South East Asia.
These two tournaments have no price money to be won but teams earn a trophy for each level and category: Masters Cup, Masters Plate, Masters Bowl, Open Cup, Open Plate and Open Bowl. Every of the 10 players in each team also earn a medallion they can proudly wear.
Teams are mainly composed of foreigners from many different countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong-Kong and Thailand in South East Asia, but also from Australia, France or the United Kingdom. South East Asian teams are formed of mostly expatriates with a couple of locals as there are no purely local teams participating to these international events.
Contrary to the local football tournaments held on the dirt football field in Patong, the International Phuket Football 7s is held on top quality grass pitches where players can enjoy playing football safely. The playing venue, is changed every year and in the event an injury occurs, an ambulance is in standby with a doctor and nurses from an International class hospital of the province.
Bangkok has lots of grass fields and also many Thai clubs and expat leagues. In addition to well-maintained grass pitches from private sport facilities, football can be played in the few International schools, which have top quality fields. The International Bangkok Football 7s is usually held either in the Pattana International school, or the Arrow International school depending on the availability of the venue.
Another International football 7s took place in Pattaya a few years ago but it seems that despite the seaside and the nightlife, the city only makes it to the third position. Pattaya is conveniently situated at 2 hours from Bangkok by car and is a location that should get more expression of interest by foreign teams.
As a conclusion, Phuket, Thailand’s famous traveler destination, is the football 7s favorite location in South East Asia with three tournaments taking place every year, before Bangkok, which is the second with one tournament.