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The tie-up is the third such partnership that Japan's professional football league has made with southeast Asian countries this year following agreements with Thailand and Vietnam

The J-League on Monday announced a partnership with the Myanmar National League, the third such agreement it has made this year.

A statement released on the organisation's official website declared that the the agreement would allow the two leagues to cooperate on matters ranging from marketing and communication to the operation of academies as well as player and personnel exchanges.

The announcement, made by Myanmar Football Federation president U. Zaw Zaw and J-League president Kazumi Ohigashi, marks another step in the Japanese league's expansion into southeast Asia following similar agreements with the Thai Premier League and Vietnam's V-League.

In addition to those countries, the J-League also began broadcasts earlier this year in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Myanmar National League, consisting of 14 clubs from across the country, began its third season in January. It replaced the Myanmar Premier League, which ran between 1996 and 2009.

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