Southeast Asian club league in the pipeline

Monday, 21 Mar 2016
Julius Manicad - Chief Correspondent - @JCManicad
Thai powerhouses Bangkok Glass may soon find themselves competing against the best of the PSL in the Southeast Asian League

A regional Southeast Asian League for top volleyball clubs is in the works and is expected to take off any time this year.

Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) top executive and Philippine Superliga (PSL) president Ramon Suzara revealed that four nations in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines are seriously talking about the formation of a women’s club tourney that aims to uplift the state of volleyball in the Southeast Asian region.

The planned league was first broached when AVC secretary-general Shanrit Wongprasert of Thailand sat down with top officials of the Philippine volleyball federation, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI), in Manila in 2013.

It has a home-and-away format to give fans a chance to know more about the volleyball heroes in the region like Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong and Nootsara Tomkom of Thailand, Aprilia Manganang of Indonesia, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa of Vietnam and Rachel Anne Daquis of the Philippines.

By having a regional league, countries will get a chance to get updated, be exposed and learn more about volleyball in their neighboring countries. This is our way to further improve the brand of women’s volleyball in the region

Suzara, who is also a distinguished member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), will meet with Wongrapsert and other top Thai volleyball officials in Bangkok to further discuss the proposed project.

PSL to spearhead Southeast Asian League?

So far, the PSL has taken the lead by sending the Petron-PSL All-Stars to the prestigious Thai-Denmark Super League in Bangkok where topnotch club teams like Bangkok Glass, 3BB Nakhonnont and Idea Khonkaen will be seeing action.

The PSL also invited Thailand’s National Team B to compete in the final round of the PSL Invitational Conference against RC Cola-Army, Petron and F2 Logistics in Manila from April 7 to 9.

This could be the start. We will use the opportunity to further explore the business and technical sides of this regional league and learn how can we get the ball rolling. Everybody is fully committed.

Thailand remains the top women’s volleyball squad in the region after ruling the 28th Southeast Asian Games. Vietnam came in second while Indonesia and Singapore settled for the bronze medal.