By THE NATION
Twelve local teams led by Thai League 1 champions Chiangrai United and four foreign sides including four-time J-League winners Cerezo Ozaka will participate in the tournament which offers Bt3 million in prize money.
The competition will take place in eight provinces: Khao Plong Stadium in Chai Nat, SAT Udonthani Stadium in Udonthani, SCG Stadium in Nonthaburi, Singha Stadium in Chiang Rai, Leo Stadium in Pathum Thani, PAT Stadium in Bangkok, Sam Ao Stadium in Prachuab Khiri Khan, Khon Kaen and Provincial Stadium in Khon Kaen.
All 16 teams will compete in a knock-out format with the final round at Leo Stadium on February 1 at 6.30pm.
Apart from BG Pathum United, the champions of top-flight league, League 2 champions, FA Cup winners, Port and League Cup winners Prachuab, will also be in the fray.
Other local teams include Muangthong United, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chainat Hornbill, Chiangmai, Rayong, Udonthani, Khon Kaen and Nongbua Pitchaya.
The three foreign teams are Tampines Rovers from Singapore, Lao Toyota from Laos and Phnom Pehn Crown from Cambodia.