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Cure your M-League withdrawal with these FAM Cup, youth (and WCQ) matches

3:44 PM GMT+8 01/10/2017
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Look our for these competitive matches, which will be held in Malaysia, while the M-League takes another break. One even includes Asia's best teams!

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


With the international fixtures period taking place at the moment, the M-League has taken yet another break.

For ocal football fans suffering from top level football withdrawal, it may be compounded by the recent decision of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to yet again postpone the contentious Asian Cup qualification tie between DPR Korea and Malaysia, which had originally been rescheduled to take place on October 5.

With the postponement, fans have only the October 10 away qualifiers tie to Hong Kong to look forward to, during the M-League break.

However, there will still be local matches taking place during the break, in the third tier and at the youth level, and Goal will help you find these matches.

But be warned that these matches may not be shown live on television, and the only way for you to catch them is by going to the venues yourselves.

FAM Cup

The playoff campaign of Malaysia's third tier has reached the semi-final stage, and the first leg matches are set to take place on Monday, October 2. The first match will be between Shahzan Muda and UKM FC; at the Temerloh Municipal Council Stadium. Shahzan Muda last played in the second tier; the Malaysia Premier League in the 2010 season, while university side UKM are looking to gain promotion to the second tier for the first time ever; following in the footsteps of the other university side in the Malaysian football pyramid; UiTM FC.

The other semi-final match up is between two corporation-backed sides; Felcra FC and Sime Darby at the UM Arena, Kuala Lumpur. Felcra are looking for their first ever promotion; while Sime Darby had been a Super League up until the 2015 season; even reaching the 2012 FA Cup final.

Both first leg ties will kick off at 8.45 pm.

The return fixtures will be held at 4.15pm on Sunday October 8; at the UKM Mini Stadium, Bangi, and the Bukit Jelutong pitch, Shah Alam respectively.

All four matches are free-entrance.

President's Cup

The country's Under 21 competition too have reached the semi-final stage. The first leg match between East Coast rivals Terengganu and Kelantan will be held at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, Kuala Terengganu on Sunday, October 1 at 4.45pm, while the other semi-final fixture; between Selangor and Kedah will be held on Monday, October 2, 4.45pm at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium. Both matches are free entrance.

The return fixtures will take place on Friday October 6; with the Kedah-Selangor match to be held at 8.45pm at the Darul Aman Stadium, and the Kelantan-Terengganu clash to take place at 4.15pm at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium.

Youth Cup

The first leg matches of the Youth Cup; the country's Under-19 competition had taken place on Saturday. The U17 SSTMI side lost 2-0 at home to SSMP U17, while Kedah lost 1-0 at home to Terengganu.

The return fixtures will be held on Thursday, October 5. SSMP will host SSTMI at the SSMP Mini Stadium, Gambang, while Terengganu will take on Kedah at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium. Both matches will kick-off at 4.15pm.

Syria vs Australia WCQ play-off

On top of these lower tier and youth matches, in case you haven't noticed, the first leg of the Syria vs Australia World Cup play-off match will be held in Malaysia, at the Hang Jebat Stadium on Thursday, October 5 at 8.30pm. The cheapest ticket price is RM 50 (around USD 12).

The match is likely to be broadcast on television, but this is your chance to catch two of the continent's best sides duke it out for a spot in the best football tournament in the world, in person without having to spend money on airfare!