PETALING JAYA: Only seven teams are eligible to play in the Super League next year.
Of the 12 teams, only Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), Pahang, Perak, PKNS, Penang, Selangor and T-Team have met all the requirements under the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) club licensing regulations.
Of the seven teams, four – JDT, Pahang, PKNS and Selangor – have also complied with the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) requirements to be eligible for the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup, if they qualify next year.
The fate of the other five Super League teams who failed to meet the FAM’s club licensing criteria is pending following their appeals. The five teams are Felda United, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka and Sarawak.
All Super League teams need to have a club licence by October to compete in next year’s Super League and AFC-level competitions.
Based on the club licensing requirements, all teams must go private by 2018 as there will be no State FA-run teams.
To obtain the club licence, teams have to meet several criteria, including providing documents of their financial reports, budget, expenditure, infrastructure and administration.