Koh Panyi’s claim to fame is its floating football pitch, an amazing story widely known in Thailand. Nearly the entire community of the island sits atop stilts rising over the sea. Not exactly the kind of place where you expect to find a football team.
The island’s youngsters, struck by football fever during the 1986 World Cup, decided to construct their own small pitch out of scrap wood and rafts. After honing their ball skills on the small makeshift pitch, they took a leap of faith and entered a tournament on the mainland. To the village’s pride, the Koh Panyi team made a magnificent showing. With continued dedication over the years, they have achieved success as one of southern Thailand’s best youth teams.
Check out the video above for the fascinating story of the Panyee Football Club.