Malaysia Premier League
|Number of teams||12|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Super League|
|Relegation to||FAM League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Malaysia Cup
Malaysia FA Cup
Malaysia Charity Shield
|International cup(s)||AFC Cup
(via domestic cups)
|2014 Malaysia Premier League|
The Malaysian Premier League (Liga Perdana Malaysia) is the second-tier football league in Malaysia. The league is currently named Astro Malaysia Premier League (Astro Liga Perdana Malaysia in Malay) for sponsorship purposes. The league was previously called the TM Malaysia Premier League because of the sponsorship of Telekom Malaysia, But it was changed after Astro became the league sponsors replacing Telekom Malaysia.
Between 1998 to 2003, the second-tier league existed as the Malaysia Premier Two League, below the top-flight Malaysia Premier One League. In 2004, it was relaunched as the Malaysia Premier League, and the top-tier league was renamed the Malaysia Super League.
Between 2004 and 2006, the professional football league in Malaysia was divided into three groups:
- First Division: Malaysia Super League
- Second Division: Malaysia Premier League Group A
- Second Division: Malaysia Premier League Group B
At the end of the season, the top team from each group of the Premier League was promoted to the Malaysia Super League. The teams which finished bottom of each group were relegated to the National League Malaysia. The two group champions also faced-off to determine the Malaysia Premier League Championship.
For the 2006-07 season, the Malaysia Premier League was reorganised into a single league of 11 teams instead of being a competition involving two separate groups of teams.
These were price money for the 2012 competition.
- RM 300,000 for the league champion
- RM 150,000 for the second place
- RM 75,000 for third place
However FAM's Malaysia National under 21 team, the Harimau Muda were not given the prize money. The money were kept by the organiser (FAM). But for the 2010s league, Harimau Muda B will keep their prize money (unlike their brother last year).
|2005||Selangor||Negeri Sembilan FA|
|2007–08||KM Naza||PLUS FC|
|2009||Harimau Muda A||T-Team|
Pre-2004 Malaysian football league second-tier champions
|1982–88||no second-tier league|
|1989||Division 2: Perlis|
|1990||Division 2: Terengganu|
|1991||Division 2: N.Sembilan|
|1992||Division 2: Kedah|
|1993||Division 2: Selangor|
|1994–97||no second-tier league|
|1998||Premier 2: Terengganu|
|1999||Premier 2: Johor|
|2000||Premier 2: Kelantan|
|2001||Premier 2: Johor FC|
|2002||Premier 2: Kedah|
|2003||Premier 2: Public Bank|
Best performing teams
|13||Harimau Muda A||1|
|2005||Selangor||Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup & Malaysia Cup|
Golden Boot Winners
|1991||Marshall Soper||Penang FA||11|
|1993||Alistair Edwards||Singapore FA|
|1998||Seidu Issifu||Terengganu FA||8|
|1999||Rusdi Suparman||Selangor FA||15|
|2000||Anuar Abu Bakar||Kelantan FA||12|
|2001|| Suharmin Yusuf
Shahrin Abdul Majid
|2002||Issac Kuffour||TM FC||22|
|2003||Juan Manuel Arostegui||MPPJ FC||33|
|2004||Brian Diego Fuentes||Selangor FA||25|
|2005||Bambang Pamungkas||Selangor FA||23|
|2006||Gustavo Fuentes||Malacca FA||18|
|2007||Marin Mikac||UPB MyTeam FC||13|
|2008||Mohamed Moustapha N'diaye||Kelantan FA||27|
|2009||Mohd Haris Safwan Mohd Kamal||T-Team||24|
|2010||Mohammad Zamri Hassan||PKNS FC||11|
|2011||Mohd Fitri Omar||Muar FC||16|
|2012||Khairul Izuan Abdullah||PDRM FA||27|
|2013||Karlo Primorac||Sime Darby FC||24|
|2014||Billy Mehmet||Kedah FA||23|
The professionalism of some teams have also been questioned. Most teams view foreign players as a necessity and as a result, most teams usually fill up their rosters with unknown foreigners. Teams usually sign foreigners based on their performances in pre-season trials. It is not uncommon for foreign players to be released after just two or three matches or be kept on the sidelines for an entire season.
The last case of unprofessional conduct involved Ivan Ziga, a Slovakian player who plays for Sarawak FA. Ivan Ziga claims his contract was terminated nine-months early without any explanation. He also claimed he was not paid. He took his plight to the Football Association of Malaysia but received no reply until Ivan Ziga threatened to take the case to FIFA.
Ivan Ziga's case is not uncommon in Malaysia, with most other cases involving African players who are either not paid or left stranded when their contracts are terminated early without any proper explanation given by teams.
Foreign players are to come back to the league starting from the 2012 season onwards. All foreign players must obtain International Transfer Certificate from their previous national football/soccer governing body that their previous clubs affiliated before they can be register with FAM to plays in Malaysia Premier League.
The early editions of Division 2 League, M-League, Premier 2 League and Malaysia Premier League used the same format for foreign players as the previous edition of second layer league in Malaysia, which allows club to have three foreign players from any countries without further restrictions. Further up, clubs can employ as many as four foreign players and only three of them are allowed to play together in a match.
Guidelines exist on the hiring of "Foreign Players".
- MSL perkenal dua logo baru Liga M (MALAY) Retrieved at 31 December 2011
- Malaysia Premier League
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- RSSSF.com: Malaysia - List of Second Level Champions
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