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Club based football league in the country may become a reality with Malaysia’s participation in a new programme by the AFC, aimed at developing clubs and leagues in the continent

Eleven countries have been made pilot member associations who will take part in a new development programme of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and Malaysia is one of them.

In March, the governing body of association football in Asia decided to launch the new programme that will focus on the development of clubs and leagues at national level.

Malaysia, together with ten other nations (Bangladesh,Iran, Jordan, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, UAE and Yemen) have applied to join the programme.

AFC Head of Development Kaita Sugihara said that the vision of the new programme is to strengthen the member associations by improving the level of league and club management.

“The programme focuses on raising the level of management of national league and participating clubs through the delivery of tailor-made services,” he told

With recent calls made by certain quarters within the local football fraternity to abandon the state football association based league in Malaysia, this programme could well sow the seeds for a future new look league involving only professional football clubs in this country.

The following are the 10 services in the programme:

1 - Strategic Planning for ACL/AFC Cup Criteria

2 - League Management/Governance Consultation

3 - League Marketing Mentoring Program

4 - Event Management Mentoring Program

5 - Club Sponsorship Seminar

6 - Club Fan Development Seminar

7 - Club Team Management Seminar

8 - Club Development Seminar

9 - Professional Player Seminar

10 - AFC Executive's visit