Cambodian Premier league

Cambodian Premier League

Cambodia Football Championship

The Cambodia football championship or its more international name, the "Cambodia Premier League", was founded in 1982. The Cambodian Division 1 football competition administered by the Cambodia Football Federation, constitutes the highest level of football competition in Cambodia with the Cambodia Football Cup. It brings together the 12 to 14 (depending on the season) best first teams of Cambodian national clubs who face each other twice during the competition, at home and away, the title of champion of Cambodia . The season usually runs from February to October, the Cambodian Championship 2022 was ended.

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TOP C-League

Top Scorers

Most titled clubs

Competition level

The C-League is the highest level of Cambodia football championships. This is the equivalent level of competition of the French Ligue 1, the English Premier League, the Spanish Liga, the Italian Serie A, the Belgian Division 1.

Challenge of the competition

Qualification for the AFC Champions League (Asian Football Confederation) and AFF Championship.

Relegation to the second division, the Cambodian League 2.

Status of participants

We can qualify the clubs of this league 1 as professional. From its salaries, 2 to 10 times the average monthly income per capita (+ - $ 120), depending on the level of players and clubs, from the infrastructure, number and quality of workouts.

Regulations for foreign players

List of foreign players playing in C-League. The rules for nationality of Player in 2022: As for its neighbor the Thai League 1, the Cambodian D1 championship limits the number of foreign players per team and per match. Only 4 foreign players (3 + 1 player from the AFC region) can play at the same time in the same club team. Which gives us a maximum of 8 foreign players playing in a match. Cambodian clubs can recruit a maximum of 5 foreign players per first team.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage countries to develop their national talents, to invest in football academies, training centers for young people, instead of buying expensive foreign players.

Other names

What are the other names given to the Cambodia Football Championship?

  • Cambodian Premier League
  • Cambodian League
  • C-P League
  • CPL
  • C-League 1

History of the competition

Foundation of the Championship

Founded in 1982, this very first year of competition saw the coronation of the "Ministry of Commerce" team.

The Top 5

The five most competitive clubs in this Cambodian football championship: Phnom Penh Crown Football Club, Boeung Ket Football Club, Nagaworld Football Club, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng Football Club and Visakha Football Club.

The Derbys of Cambodia

The Cambodian derby, the "clásico", also known as the "Cambodian classic match", is a meeting between football teams from the same city, or even between the two geographically neighboring cities, generally less apart. of 100 km. The matches considered to be a derby are; Phnom Penh Crown FC - Boeung Ket FC and Boeung Ket FC - Phnom Penh Crown FC. The sporting rivalry between the two big clubs of the Kingdom of Cambodia is the most pronounced.

The Derbys of Phnom Penh

The capital derby, Phnom Penh, also known as the “classic capital match”, is a meeting between the premier football teams of the same city, in this case, located within 10 kilometers from each other. The matches considered to be a derby are; Phnom Penh Crown FC - Visakha FC and Visakha FC - Phnom Penh Crown FC. The sporting rivalry between the two clubs in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is the most pronounced.

The Derbys of Angkor

The matches Angkor Tiger FC - Soltilo Angkor FC and Soltilo Angkor FC - Angkor Tiger FC, are the matches, the Siem Reap Derbys, the most popular in this historic province of Cambodia. The derby attracts many media as well as a large number of supporters both in the stands and in front of their television screens.

Record of consecutive victories

Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng Football Club won in the 2019 league season a series of 25 consecutive unbeaten matches. He finished champion with 65 points, 7 points ahead of his runner-up, Visakha FC, 58 points. Out of his 26 games played, he won 20 games, drawn 5 games and only one defeat. Very good results!

Record of invincibility

Undefeated in the 2020 C-League, despite the interruption of competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Boeung Ket has set a new unbeaten record. The club finished champion with 32 points, only 1 small point ahead of the second in the standings, Preah Khan Reach FC, 31 points. Of the only 12 games played this shortened season, he won 10 and made 2 draws.

Colors and logo


The colors are red and blue, traditional colors of the 9th century Khmer Empire. The blue color symbolizes the royalty of Cambodia, the red represents the Nation and the white evokes Religion, mainly Buddhism


metfone cambodia league

Since 2010, Metfone has appeared on the official logo, named after its main sponsor, the Cambodian mobile phone company Metfone.

Cambodian league 2022 New Logo

In 2022, Cambodian League and Cambodian League 2 have new logos. The Logo is simply represented of Cambodian Premier League in short letters of "CPL". The shape of the log is represented in the shape of the map of Cambodia. 

Star players

Iconic footballers

Chan Vathanaka CV11, Cambodia, 37 goals in the 2015 season, Boeung Ket Angkor FC

Nationalities of the most viewed players; Cambodia, Japan, Nigeria, Brazil

Top scorers




Names, Nationalities, number of goals, clubs and season

List of Cambodia Football Championships Top Scorers

  • Marcus Haber, Canada, 25 goals season 2022, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC
  • Marques Marcio, 22 goals season 2021
  • Befolo Mbarga, Cameroon, 16 goals season 2020, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC (12 games played only for this season)
  • Befolo Mbarga, Cameroon, 36 goals season 2019, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC
  • George Bisan, Nigeria, 28 goals 2018 season, Nagaworld FC
  • Atuheire Kipson, Rwanda, 28 goals season 2017, Nagaworld FC
  • Chan Vathanaka, Cambodia, 22 goals season 2016, Boeung Ket Angkor FC
  • Chan Vathanaka, Cambodia, 37 goals season 2015, Boeung Ket Angkor FC
  • Dzarma Bata, Nigeria, 23 goals season 2014, Svay Rieng FC
  • Khoun Laboravy, Cambodia, 20 goals 2013 season, Svay Rieng FC
  • Nwakuna Friday, Nigeria, 20 goals 2012 season, Boeung Ket Rubber Field FC
  • Oiboh Julius, Nigeria, 28 goals 2011 season, Nagacorp FC
  • Ononiwu Chukwuma, Nigeria, 25 goals 2010 season, Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC

Top passers

Nationalities of the smugglers with the most assists; Nigeria, Brazil, Cambodia

Flagship coaches

  • Meas Channa, Cambodia, winner of the Cambodian League season 2018, Nagaworld FC
  • Hao Socheat, Cambodia, winner of the Cambodian League season 2017, Boeung Ket Angkor FC
  • Sam Schweingruber, Switzerland, winner of the Cambodian League season 2015, Phnom Penh Crown FC
  • Sam Schweingruber, Switzerland, winner of the Cambodian League season 2014, Phnom Penh Crown FC


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Training center

Phnom Penh Crown Academy: youth teams from U12 to U21 + female teams Address of the center: Phnom Penh Crown Academy, Toul Kork, 1800 Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Boeung Ket Academy: youth teams from U12 to U21 + women's teams Center address: Boeung Ket Academy, National Road 1, Phum Boeung Chhouk, Sangkat Niroth, 12253 Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Visakha Academy: youth teams from U15 to U19. Center address: Visakha Academy, st.307, Phum khmounh, Sangkat khmounh, khan Sen Sok, 12103 Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodian clubs in Asian and international competitions

  • Phnom Penh Crown FC
  • Boeung Ket FC
  • Nagaworld FC
  • Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
  • Visakha FC


Title holder

Phnom Penh Crown FC (Season 2022)

Most successful clubs

Lists of the most successful Cambodian clubs since 2005.

  • Phnom Penh Crown FC, club with the most titles: (8 Champions titles)
  • Boeung Ket FC (4 Champions titles)
  • Nagaworld FC (3 Champions titles)
  • Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng (2 Champions titles)
  • Khemera (2 Champions titles)

Most titled clubs




Lists of the most successful Cambodian clubs since 1982.

  • Phnom Penh Crown FC (8 Champions titles)
  • Boeung Ket FC (4 Champions titles)
  • Nagaworld FC (3 Champions titles)
  • Ministry of Commerce (3 Champions titles)
  • National Defense Ministry FC (3 Champions titles)

List of Cambodian championship titles from 1982 to 2022

  • 2022: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2021: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2020: Boeung Ket
  • 2019: Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng
  • 2018: Nagaworld
  • 2017: Boeung Ket (Boeung Ket Angkor)
  • 2016: Boeung Ket (Boeung Ket Angkor)
  • 2015: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2014: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2013: Svay Rieng
  • 2012: Boeung Ket (Boeung Ket Angkor Rubber Field)
  • 2011: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2010: Phnom Penh Crown
  • 2009: Naga Corp
  • 2008: Phnom Penh Empire (Phnom Penh Crown)
  • 2007: Naga Corp
  • 2006: Khemera
  • 2005: Khemera Final 3-0 Hello United
  • 2004: no competition for this season
  • 2003: no competition for this season
  • 2002: Samart United (Curent Phnom Penh Crown FC)
  • 2001: no competition for this season
  • 2000: National Police (Nokorbal Cheat)
  • 1999: Royal Dolphins
  • 1998: Royal Dolphins
  • 1997: Body Guards Club
  • 1996: Body Guards Club
  • 1995: Civil Aviation
  • 1994: Civil Aviation
  • 1993: National Defense Ministry FC
  • 1992: Department of Municipal Constructions
  • 1991: Department of Municipal Constructions
  • 1990: Ministry of Transports
  • 1989: Ministry of Transports
  • 1988: Kampong Cham Province FC
  • 1987: Ministry of Health
  • 1986: National Defense Ministry FC
  • 1985: National Defense Ministry FC
  • 1984: Ministry of Commerce
  • 1983: Ministry of Commerce
  • 1982: Ministry of Commerce

Annual awards

List of annual awards received for this competition

Prize money in USD and riel

Champion: $ 37,500 150,000,000 riel.

Finalist: $ 15,000 60,000,000 riels.

Third place: $ 12,500 50,000,000 riels.

Fourth place: $ 12,500 40,000,000 riels.

The media

Media coverage: BTV Cambodia, Kampuchea Thmei, Daily TVK