The Football Federation of Cambodia is expected to enforce the requirement that all clubs participating in the Metfone C-League have access to their own stadium, bringing an end to clubs using the National Olympic Stadium.
Sources have reported the stadium move is a result of the Federation seeking to modernise the game in Cambodia and bring it up to regional and Asian Football Confederation standards.
Phnom Penh Crown play at the RSN Stadium, while Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng play their home matches at the Svay Rieng Stadium. The Ministry of National Defense are based at the RCAF (Old) Stadium, with Western FC playing at Western Stadium.
Cambodian Tiger have played their home matches in Siem Reap since last season. Meanwhile, the stadiums of Asia Europe United and Electricité du Cambodge are still under construction.
NagaWorld and league champions Boeung Ket, however, are yet to make an announcement on their stadium plans. It is expected that Boeung Ket will continue to use the National Stadium for their home matches in the 2018 AFC Cup qualifying group stage.
They had been using the National Stadium for much of the last two seasons, but are now in negotiations to acquire a stadium in Kampot to host future matches.
After the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting of the Cambodia National Competitions Committee (CNCC) which administers the sport in the kingdom, it has also been reported there would be no increase in the league prizemoney of $15,000 for the 2018 season.
The figure pales in comparison to regional neighbours – in Thailand and Vietnam, the winners can expect to fill their coffers with a reported $300,000 to $500,000, although attendances and sponsorship attract much more.
The new C-League season is pencilled in for a March 3 start with 12 clubs set to take part.