New Laos league season kicks off in October

Defending champions Vientiane FC meet second-placed MCTPC FC in the inaugural match of the new Laos League season at the National Stadium on 1 October, AFC Media reports.

Last season's third-placed team National Public Security FC will take on Lao-American College FC, which stood fourth in the league table last season, on the same day. The matches of Army versus Bank FC and Laos Journalists’ Association versus National University will be played the following day.

Laos Football Federation Vice-President Phouvane Vongsouthi dismissed talk of delaying the league saying, “This year’s season will not be delayed. If we delay the start, it could lead to many problems as the season has to continue through the rainy season. Any delay to the start of the tournament could mean that the season will not end on schedule."

This year’s Laos League will have breaks during the November SEA Games in Manila and the National Games in December.