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Thai soccer targets Asia-wide goals

ASEAN's strongest national team looks to World Cup as league clubs thrive

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Thailand's national football team celebrates their victory against Indonesia in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup at Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok on Dec. 17, 2016.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The 2017 Thailand Premier League soccer season kicks off on Feb. 11 with the local league and the national team firmly established as the strongest football powers in Southeast Asia. While Thailand is yet to make it to the World Cup, the country's ambition now is to become a continental soccer force.

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