C-League
Founded1982; 39 years ago (1982)
CountryCambodia
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams13
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toCambodian Second League
Domestic cup(s)Hun Sen Cup
CNCC Charity Cup
League cup(s)CNCC League Cup
International cup(s)AFC Cup
ASEAN Club Championship
Current championsBoeung Ket (4th title)
(2020)
Most championshipsPhnom Penh Crown (6 titles)
TV partnersBTV Cambodia
National Television of Cambodia
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2021 C-League

The Cambodian League or the C-League (Khmer: លីគកំពូលកម្ពុជា), also known for sponsorship reasons as the Metfone Cambodian League or Metfone C-League,[1] is the highest football division of football in Cambodia, and is run by the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC).[2] Contested by 13 teams in the 2021 season, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Cambodian Second League. Season usually runs from February to October, with each of the 13 teams playing against each other twice which totals to 24 games played per team. Most of the games are played on Saturdays and Sundays afternoons.

History

Big Five

Phnom Penh Crown, Boeung Ket, Nagaworld, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, and newly promoted Visakha are considered the 'big five' of Cambodian football, with the five teams having qualified for AFC Cup football.

Cambodia Derby

Also known as the Cambodian Classic Match, it is given to the rivalry between Phnom Penh Crown and Boeung Ket, with both clubs being the most successful domestically while also establishing names for themselves as representatives for Cambodian football.[3]

Phnom Penh Derby

The rivalry between the most successful club in domestic football, Phnom Penh Crown against the newly promoted team Visakha considered as the derby of the capital, due to the number of notable players that played for both clubs, as well as the geographic location between both home stadiums, which are literally located within 10 kilometers from each other.

Siem Reap Derby

The match between Angkor Tiger FC and Soltilo Angkor FC is the most popular game in this historical province of Cambodia. The derby usually draw many medias attention with a very high number of fans attending the derby.

2019 season

Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng won the 2019 league season with a 25 games run unbeaten streak only to lose its final league game against Nagaworld.

Close call

Although unbeaten, Boeung Ket won the 2020 league season only by head to head record against 2019 league season champion, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, setting up a new record in the Cambodian League.[4]

Sponsorship

Period Sponsor Brand
1982–2004 N/A Cambodian League
2005– Metfone Metfone Cambodian League or Metfone C-League[5][6]

2021 season and teams

Team Location Previous season
Angkor Tiger Siem Reap Province (10th)
Asia Euro United Kandal Province (8th)
Boeung Ket Phnom Penh (1st)
Electricite du Cambodge Phnom Penh (12th)
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey Takeo Province (8th)
Nagaworld Phnom Penh (6th)
National Police Commissary Kandal Province (9th)
Phnom Penh Crown Phnom Penh (3rd)
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng Svay Rieng Province (2nd)
Prey Veng Prey Veng Province Cambodian Second League (1st)
Soltilo Angkor Siem Reap Province (11th)
Tiffy Army Phnom Penh (4th)
Visakha Phnom Penh (5th)

Notable clubs who have competed in the past

List of champions

1982–2004

Cambodian League or C-League (since 2005)

Season Club
2005 Khemera Keila
2006 Khemera Keila
2007 Naga Corp (Nagaworld)
2008 Phnom Penh Empire (Phnom Penh Crown)
2009 Naga Corp (Nagaworld)
2010 Phnom Penh Crown
2011 Phnom Penh Crown
2012 Boeung Ket Rubber Field (Boeung Ket)
2013 Svay Rieng (Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng)
2014 Phnom Penh Crown
2015 Phnom Penh Crown
2016 Boeung Ket Angkor (Boeung Ket)
2017 Boeung Ket Angkor (Boeung Ket)
2018 Nagaworld
2019 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2020 Boeung Ket

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Champions by club

Clubs Championship
Seasons
Phnom Penh Crown 6 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
Boeung Ket 4 2012, 2016, 2017, 2020
Nagaworld 3 2007, 2009, 2018
Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng 2 2013, 2019
Khemara Keila (defunct) 2 2005, 2006
National Police Commissary 1 2000

Awards

Prize money

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Top scorer of the season

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Season Top scorer Club Goals
2020 Cameroon Privat Mbarga Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng 16
2019 Cameroon Privat Mbarga Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng 36
2018 Nigeria George Bisan Nagworld 28
2017 Rwanda Atuheire Kipson Nagworld 28
2016 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Angkor 22
2015 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Angkor 37
2014 Nigeria Dzarma Bata Svay Rieng 23
2013 Cambodia Khoun Laboravy Svay Rieng 20
2012 Nigeria Friday Nwakuna Boeung Ket Rubber Field 20
2011 Nigeria Julius Oiboh Nagworld 28
2010 Nigeria Julius Chukwuma Ononiwu Kirivong 25
2009 Nigeria Justine Uche Prince Spark 21
2008 Cambodia Khim Borey National Defense Ministry 18
2005 Cambodia Hok Sochivorn Hello United 22

Player of the season

Season Player Club
2020 Cambodia Mat Noron Boeung Ket
2019 Cameroon Privat Mbarga Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2018 North Korea Choe Myong-ho Visakha
2017 Cambodia Chrerng Polroth National Defense Ministry
2016 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Angkor
2015 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Angkor
2014 Cambodia Chan Vathanaka Boeung Ket Rubber Field
2013 Cambodia Khoun Laboravy Svay Rieng
2012 Cambodia Keo Sokngon Boeung Ket Rubber Field

Goalkeeper of the season

Season Goalkeeper Club
2020 Cambodia Hul Kimhuy Boeung Ket
2019 Cambodia Aim Sovannarath Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2018 Cambodia Samrith Seiha Nagaworld
2017 Cambodia Sou Yaty Boeung Ket
2016 Cambodia Um Sereyroth National Defense Ministry
2015 Cambodia Keo Soksela Phnom Penh Crown
2014 Cambodia Sou Yaty Phnom Penh Crown
2013 Cambodia Aim Sovannarath Svay Rieng
2012 Cambodia Peng Bunchhay Boeung Ket Rubber Field

Coach of the season

Season Coach Club
2020 Cambodia Kim Pheakdey Boeung Ket
2019 Republic of Ireland Conor Nestor Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
2018 Cambodia Meas Channa Nagaworld
2017 Cambodia Hao Socheat Boeung Ket
2016 Cambodia Tep Longrachana National Defense Ministry
2015 Cambodia Prak Sovannara Boeung Ket Angkor
2014 Cambodia Ung Kanyanith National Police Commissary
2013 Cambodia Sam Vandet Svay Rieng
2012 Cambodia Prak Vuthy Boeung Ket Rubber Field

References

  1. ^ "Summary - C-League - Cambodia - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com.
  2. ^ "Cambodian Premier league Khmer football competition". Cambodia football.
  3. ^ "Phnom Penh Crown beaten at home in the Cambodian Classic Match". March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Last-minute goal lifts Boeung Ket to Cambodian League title - Khmer Times". October 25, 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50885569/cambodian-league-to-resume-this-weekend/
  6. ^ https://www.phnompenhpost.com/sport/boeung-ket-size-naga
  7. ^ "Cambodia - List of Champions". www.rsssf.com.
  8. ^ "សហព័ន្ធកីឡាបាល់ទាត់កម្ពុជា (FFC) និងគណៈកម្មការប្រកួតបាល់ទាត់ជាតិកម្ពុជា (CNCC)៖ ប្រាក់រង្វាន់ពានសម្ដេចតេជោ ហ៊ុន សែន និង មិត្តហ្វូនខេមបូឌានលីគ!". cncc-football.com.