Football Association of Malaysia

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Football Association of Malaysia
AFC
Association crest
Founded 1933
Headquarters Kelana Jaya
FIFA affiliation 1954
AFC affiliation 1956
AFF affiliation 1984
President DYTM Tengku Abdullah
Website Official Website

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) (Malay: Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia) is the governing body for football in Malaysia, responsible for organising the Malaysian national football team and the major football and futsal tournaments within the country. The Football Association of Malaysia main headquarters is located at Wisma FAM.

Football background[edit]

Pre-Independence[edit]

Football arrived in Malaya with the British. The locals soon picked up the game, and before long it was the country's leading sport. Towards the end of the 19th century, football was one of the central pillars of most sports clubs in Malaya. But it was not structured. Even when the Selangor Amateur Football League took shape in 1905 – which ensured proper administration and organisation – the competition was confined only to clubs in the Kuala Lumpur area.

In 1921, a national tournament featuring all the states that made up Malaya was started. The competition, known as the HMS Malaya Cup (later renamed the Malaysia Cup in 1963), has been continuously since then, except during the war years.

In 1926 the Selangor Amateur Football League was established, and in 1936 the Football Association of Selangor was formed. While the Selangor FA was moving towards organised football, and inspiring other states in Malaya to follow suit, the battleship HMS Malaya visited the country in 1920. After engaging local opposition in football and rugby, the officers and men of HMS Malaya decided to commemorate the matches by presenting trophies for annual competitions in both rugby and football in Malaya.

In 1926, the Football Association of Perak, the Football Association of Selangor, the Football Association of Negeri Sembilan, the Football Association of Malacca and the Singapore Amateur Football Association came together to form the Malayan Football Association (MFA), to field a Malayan team against an Australian side that visited Singapore that year.

In 1933, the MFA was revived to form the Football Association of Malaya (FAM). Initially, the FAM was based in Singapore. It was chiefly responsible for the running of the Malaya Cup competition. The annual tournament – played along inter-state lines – was a huge success.

The first president of FAM was Sir Andrew Caldecott, followed by M.B. Shelley, Dr. J.S. Webster, S.D. Scott, R. Williamson and Adrian Clark, who served up until 1940 – before Europe went on a full-scale war with Germany . In 1940, control of the FAM moved from Singapore to Malaya, with A.R. Singham becoming the first Asian secretary in 1941.

The FAM's first president after the war was J. King, to be followed by H. Byson, and then Dr. C Rawson, who served for two years before vacating for the first ever non-British personality to take over the helm. In 1951, Tunku Abdul Rahman (who was to become the first Prime Minister of Malaysia) became the FAM president. It was under Abdul Rahman that football entered in Malaysia entered its next phase, with the FAM taking a much bigger role than just being the backbone in the organisation of the Malaysia Cup.

The FAM was inducted as one of 14 founding members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1954, before becoming a full-fledged member of FIFA two years later.

Criticism[edit]

After the Asian Cup 2007, the FAM president put the blame on the players, while refusing to heed the calls for him to step down and vowed to remain in the position he has occupied since 1984.[1] He defiantly claimed "I will not bow to pressure. I am not a coward. I am a fighter," a comment which some Malaysian football fans deemed misplaced as they didn't question his courage, but rather the stagnant state of Malaysian football and the national team's performance under his leadership.[2][3] He retained the top post of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) at the council's elections on 9 September 2007.[4] There is a growing call for his resignation following Malaysia's dismal result in the Asia Cup 2015 qualifying round.#PFSLJ[5][6]

Competitions[edit]

The Football Association of Malaysia also runs several competitions:

Principals[edit]

Office Name Start yeartime End yeartime
President Sir Andrew Caldecott 1933
M.B. Shelley
Dr. J.S. Webster
S.D. Scott
R. Williamson
Adrian Clark 1940
J. King
H. Byson
Dr. C Rawson
Tunku Abdul Rahman 1951 1974
Tun Abdul Razak 1974 1976
Tan Sri Datuk Seri Raja Hamzah Abu Samah 1976 1984
HRH Ahmad Shah 1984 2014
Tengku Abdullah 2014 present
Secretary A.R. Singham 1941
Datuk Kwok Kin Keng 1951 1980
Datuk Paul Murugasu 1980 1985
Datuk Paul Mony Samuel 1985 2000
Datuk Dell Akbar Khan 2000 2005
Datuk Ibrahim Saad 2005 2007
Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad 2007 2013
YH Dato' Hamidin Bin Hj Mohd Amin 2013 Present

Standing Committees[edit]

Congress[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

  • President: Tengku Abdullah.
  • Deputy President: Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah (Kelantan FA), Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad (Selangor FA).
  • Vice-President: Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin (Perak FA), Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman (Perlis FA), Datuk Sudarsono Osman (Sarawak FA), Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (Malaysian Malays FA).
  • general secretary: Datuk Hamidin Amin.
  • Executive committee members:
    • Datuk Yusof Mahadi (Melaka United SA).
    • Abdul Aziz Yeop Jamaluddin (Perak FA)
    • Datuk S. Sivasundram (Selangor FA)
    • Alijus@Mohd Ali Sipil (Sabah FA)
    • Datuk Osman Salleh (Police FA)
    • Goh Ah Chai (Malaysian Chinese FA)
    • Datuk Mohd Junid Mohd Noor (Penang FA)
    • Datuk Othman Aziz (Kedah FA)
    • Brig. General Datuk Norhuda Ahmad
    • Normala Md Yusof

Emergency[edit]

Finance and Management[edit]

  • Chairman: His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah.
  • Deputy chairman:
  • Members:
    • YB Dato’ Sri Subahan Kamal.
    • YH Dato’ Afandi Hamzah.
    • YB Dato’ Seri Shahidan Kassim.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad.
    • YBM Dato’ Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar.
    • YH Dato’ Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman (Treasurer).

National Teams Management[edit]

Malaysia national football team[edit]

  • Chairman: His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah.
  • Deputy chairman: YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar Haji Musa.
  • Members:
    • YB Dato’ Sri Subahan Kamal.
    • YH Dato’ Afandi Hamzah.
    • YBhg Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz.

Malaysia national under-23 football team[edit]

  • Chairman: His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah.
  • Deputy chairman: YB Dato’ Sri Subahan Kamal.
  • Members:
    • YH Dato’ Hamidin Hj. Mohd Amin.
    • YB Dato’ Takiyuddin Haji Hassan.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Osman Salleh.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Jeferey Low Han Chau.
    • YB Dato’ Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim.
    • YBM Dato’ Seri Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar.

Malaysia National Under-21 Football Team[edit]

  • Chairman: His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah.
  • Deputy chairman: YH Dato’ Afandi Hamzah.
  • Members:
    • YB Dato’ Dr Haji Hamdan Mohd Khalib.
    • YH Dato’ S. Sivasundaram.
    • Lt Col. Abdul Rani Abdul Rahim.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Hj Che Mat Jusoh.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Ling Hee Leong.
    • Tuan Haji Rosmadi Ismail.

Malaysia National Under-19 Football Team[edit]

  • Chairman: His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah.
  • Deputy chairman: YBhg. Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz.
  • Members:
    • YB Dato’ Dr Haji Hamdan Mohd Khalib.
    • YH Dato’ S. Sivasundaram.
    • Lt Col. Abdul Rani Abdul Rahim.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Hj Che Mat Jusoh.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad.
    • YBhg. Dato’ Ling Hee Leong.
    • Tuan Haji Rosmadi Ismail.

Local Competitions[edit]

  • Chairman: YH Dato’ Hamidin Hj Mohd Amin.
  • Deputy chairman: YH Dato’ Afandi Hamzah.
  • Members:
    • YH Dato’ Dr Omar Othman.
    • Tuan Hj Abdullah Salleh.
    • Encik Alijus @ Mohd Ali Hj Sipil.
    • ASP Tuan Mohd Dali Wahid.
    • Encik Rosman Mohd Ibrahim.
    • Encik Zulkefly Alias.
    • Encik Husni Mohd Yusof.
    • Tuan Hj Azlan Hj Johar.

Laws and Regulations[edit]

  • Chairman: YH Dato’ Afandi Hamzah.
  • Deputy chairman: YB Dato’ Haji Takiyuddin Hj Hassan.
  • Members:
    • YDH Dato’ Roslan Ahmad.
    • Tuan Haji Sheikh Ahmad Tajuddin Sheikh Yusuf.
    • Encik Ismail Bin Yaakob.
    • Tuan Hj Othman Zakaria.
    • Encik Osman Bin Omar.

International Competitions[edit]

  • Chairman: KDYTM Tengku Abdullah.
  • Deputy chairman: YB Dato’ Sri Subahan Kamal.
  • Members:
    • YH Dato’ Sri Redzuan Tan Sri Sheikh Ahmad.
    • YBhg Dato’ Harry Baking.
    • Encik B. Sanjeewan.
    • Encik Toh Sen Nee.

F.A.M. Club Licensing System Committee[edit]

See also[edit]

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