The Toyota Thai League 1 and 2 seasons will resume on 6 February, the league’s Chairman has announced.

Last year, the league was paused for six months as a result of the coronavirus outbreak before resuming again in September. However, football was suspended the following month after the country saw an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The acting Chairman of the Thai League, Korrawee Pritsananantakul, confirmed that the 2020/21 season will begin again next month after consulting with Thai League 1 and 2 clubs. The campaign will conclude on 28 March.

“Matches will be held behind closed doors and under strict COVID-19 rules with a maximum of 180 people, including players, allowed at the stadium for each game,” Korrawee told the Bangkok Post.

Some teams still have up to 14 games left to play due to the disruption caused by the pandemic. BG Pathum United are currently leading the pack in the top flight, unbeaten in the league since the season started, whilst Trat FC sit at the foot of the table, level on points with Rayong FC.

Many clubs are facing a dip in revenue streams after being forced to reduce sponsorship fees and change policies.

The Football Association of Thailand’s President, Somyot Poompunmuang, added that the suspension of the season has affected clubs’ income ‘to the extent that some clubs face difficulties to continue their teams’.