PETALING JAYA, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is calling on state football associations to set up league competition at Under- 21 (U-21) and Under-19 (U-19) levels from next year.
FAM deputy president Datuk Mohd Yusoff Mahadi said it was aimed at empowering the youth football development system which would benefit teams in the Youth Cup (U-19) and President Cup ((U-21) in each state when the total number of young players in competitive action would increase.
Mohd Yusoff explained that the effort could be made as a platform for the young players who were not selected for the Youth Cup and President Cup respectively to prove their capabilities.
“We do not want to miss out talented young players or have their opportunities curb after failing to make it to the Youth Cup and President Cup squads,” he said after the 9th FAM Executive Committee meeting 2017-2021 at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, today.
FAM is also targeting state league competition for the Under-17 (U-17) and Under-15 (U-15) levels to be implemented in 2022 and 2024 respectively.
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According to Mohd Yusoff, a detailed briefing for all state associations on the organising mechanism of the leagues will be held in January.
Meanwhile, FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said the window for player transfer would be carried out to enable players in state leagues to be absorbed into Youth Cup and President Cup squads.
“There will be a player transfer window between Youth and President teams with state league teams to provide the space for players to move up and down and motivate players in Youth and President squads to work harder,” said Stuart.
In another matter, Stuart confirmed the format of Youth Cup and President Cup competition will be divided into two zones; North and South without reducing the number of matches for each team.
He said Sabah, Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will compete in south zone while Terengganu and Kelantan will compete in the north zone.
“This has been finalised to reduce the cost of travelling and accommodation for each team taking part,” he said.