Liga Bolasepak Rakyat

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Liga Bolasepak Rakyat
2015 Liga Bolasepak Rakyat Logo.png
Founded 13 September 2015; 3 years ago (13 September 2015)
Country Malaysia Malaysia
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 108
Level on pyramid 4
Promotion to FAM League
Relegation to States League
Current champions Gua Musang (1st title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Kuching (1st title)
Gua Musang (1st title)
Website www.lbr.my
2017–18 Liga Bolasepak Rakyat

Liga Bolasepak Rakyat (English: Malaysia People's Football League) is the fourth-tier football league in Malaysia. The league is managed by Liga Bolasepak Rakyat-Limited Liability Partnership (LBR-LLP) and it is an amateur-level competition. It was established in 2015 to provide an alternative entry point for young players.[1] For 2016–17 season, there are a total of 108 clubs participated in the league to represent their district out of more than 150 possible districts in the country to play in the league.[2] The clubs were divided into 8 zones according to their regional location.[2]

The current champion is Gua Musang, a club from East Zone which won the league in 2016–17 season.[2]

History[edit]

Liga Bolasepak Rakyat is a joint idea of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tengku Mahkota Pahang, with an objective of developing football systematically, besides functioning as an institute to produce talented players for the national side. A total of 111 clubs from all around the country will be joining the amateur-level competition for 2015-16 season, which is divided to 8 zones where 520 matches to be played.[3][4][5] The competition is open to under-28 players, including five under-21 boys.[6]

After a successful early stage of the league during its first season, FAM has approved to give out the right of the league management to LBR-LLP for ten years in order to develop lower league football.[7][8][9][10]

The second season of LBR will start on September 2016 with 125 clubs planned to be competing in the league.[11] On 25 September 2016, it has been confirmed that a total of 108 clubs participated in the league to represent their district in the league for the second season even though ten Johor based clubs pulled from the league.[2][12] LBR-LLP has also announced that a women's league for LBR will commence next year as part of LBR effort to support women's football development in Malaysia.[13][14][15] LBR-LLP also has launched the kits with themes inspired by common region colour according to the zones the clubs participated.[16] The purpose for effort are to fulfil sponsors obligation and to promote the branding for the league and also help clubs to reduce management cost.[16] Even though a common kits has been introduced, clubs are still allowed to use their own kits instead of it.[16]

Clubs[edit]

Currently there are a total of 108 clubs out of more than 150 possible districts in the country participated in the Liga Bolasepak Rakyat for 2016–17 season.[17] The clubs were divided into 8 zones according to regional location.

North Zone[edit]

There are 14 clubs competing in North Zone this season.

West Zone[edit]

There are 14 clubs competing in West Zone this season.

Middle Zone 1 & 2[edit]

There are 29 clubs competing in Middle Zone 1 & 2 this season.

South Zone[edit]

There are nine clubs competing in South Zone this season.

East Zone[edit]

There are 14 clubs competing in East Zone this season.

Borneo Zone 1[edit]

There are 16 clubs competing in Borneo Zone 1 this season.

Borneo Zone 2[edit]

There are 12 clubs competing in Borneo Zone 2 this season.

The italic clubs did not play current season. Listed in bracket is the district the club representing in the league. The bold is the new clubs that play current season.

Missing clubs[edit]

Although some clubs has pulled from the league over the years, there still some other districts located in Malaysia which has never been represented in any forms in the league.[18] Those clubs are listed below:

West Malaysia[edit]

East Malaysia[edit]

Years[edit]

  • 2015–present: as a fourth-tier league competition.

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Score in final
2015/2016 Kuching Padang Besar 3–1
2016/2017 Gua Musang Serian (a) 2–2[a]

Performance by club (2015–present)[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up
Kuching 1 0
Gua Musang 1 0
Padang Besar 0 1
Serian 0 1

Performance by states (2015–present)[edit]

Clubs Winners Runners-up
Sarawak 1 1
Kelantan 1 0
Perlis 0 1
Kedah 0 0
Penang 0 0
Perak 0 0
Selangor 0 0
Negeri Sembilan 0 0
Malacca 0 0
Johor 0 0
Terengganu 0 0
Pahang 0 0
Sabah 0 0
Federal Territories 0 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For the 2016–17 season, the final were played over two legs on a home-and-away format with Serian won 1–0 in the first leg and Gua Musang won 2–1 in the second leg and became the champion on away goals rule.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liga Bola Sepak Rakyat (LBR) to revive interest at district level". Sports247. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Rudi Affendi Khalik. "Kuching buka langkah kanan dalam LBR 2016/17" (in Malay). Stadium Astro. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  3. ^ "LBR beri peluang kepada pemain tercicir". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Liga Bolasepak Rakyat. 25 November 2015. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ Tharshanan Manoharan (14 September 2015). "Liga Bolasepak Rakyat will unearth more talent – Najib Razak". Fourth Official. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "LBR pentas pembangunan bola sepak negara" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ Eric Samuel (28 January 2016). "Liga Bolasepak Rakyat goes into the final swing". The Star. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "FAM serah hak Liga Bola Sepak Rakyat (LBR) untuk 10 tahun" (in Malay). Football Association of Malaysia. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  8. ^ Rizal Hashim (7 March 2016). "Liga Bola Sepak Rakyat untuk anda" (in Malay). Stadium Astro. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ "FAM puas hati penganjuran LBR" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ "FAM serah hak Liga Bolasepak Rakyat untuk 10 tahun" (in Malay). Sports247. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Musim kedua LBR – Liga Bolasepak Rakyat dijadualkan pada 16 September 2016" (in Malay). Malaysian Football Coaches Association. 23 July 2016. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  12. ^ Rudi Affendi Khalik (8 September 2016). "108 pasukan sertai Liga Bolasepak Rakyat 2016" (in Malay). Stadium Astro. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Liga Bolasepak Rakyat to establish brand new league for women's football". Fourth Official. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Liga Bola Sepak Rakyat Untuk Wanita Mulai Tahun Depan" (in Malay). Bernama. 26 September 2016. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  15. ^ "LBR wanita bermula tahun depan" (in Malay). Bernama. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Ridauddin Daud (8 October 2016). "LBR lancar jersi untuk musim 2016/2017" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  17. ^ Rudi Affendi Khalik (24 September 2016). "Sepak mula Liga Bolasepak Rakyat malam ini" (in Malay). Stadium Astro. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Districts of Malaysia". Statoids. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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