The Thailand Tigers origins date back to 1993, when four footy blokes would get together for a kick in Lumpini Park. From there the club was officially established in 1996, as the Tigers played host to the touring Hong Kong Dragons and played their first game of “competitive football” Asian style at Kasetsart University.
From there the Thaigers would become an active part of the Asian footy calendar and in 2000 were part of the 4 Nations Cup – Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia – an event that would later be known as the Asian Championships.
Since 2000, the Thaigers have gone from strength to strength on & off the field. The club has been regular participants in the AFL Asian Championships, and hosted in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, and again in 2015.
We also participate in the Indochina Cup and have taken the cup home on four occasions – 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015. Importantly we played a key part in setting up the Indochina Bulldogs, a combined team of indigenous players from the region with guidance from their inaugural coach, the West Coast Eagle premiership player and 2006 Norm Smith Medalist, Andrew Embley.
Undoubtedly the key event on the Thaigers’ calendar is the ANZAC Commemorative Match, held annually at Kanchanaburi Thailand. First held in 2004, the game is played in honour of all the men and women who have defended our nations as an ANZAC, and we are fortunate to have Diggers in attendance at our game, including men who were POWs in Thailand during WWII. Traveling with the Quiet Lions tour group, the Diggers’ participation is the highlight of the event.
2016 is the 20th year anniversary and and the club is still going stronger than ever. Recent on-field success has enhanced the hugely successful social scene that defines the club.
To develop the game of AFL in Thailand, we continue to focus on
New players, supporters and lovers of football are welcome.