PETALING JAYA: There will be no rewards for the mediocre in the new eight-team Super League next year. But, in turn, there is big money in store for those who do well – up to three times as much as before.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM), in their bid to raise the standard of the local game, have decided to do away with the cash incentive scheme.
Instead, the RM1.3 million that was used for incentives has been channelled into prize money. The Super League winner stands to win RM500,000, up RM350,000 from the RM150,000 the Premier I winner took home last season.
The runner-up will get RM300,000, compared to RM100,000 last season, while the third-placed team will get RM200,000, RM125,000 more than last season.
The total prize money for the league, comprising the Super League and Premier League, has been increased almost three-fold to RM1.45million.
Last year, the FAM paid out RM475,000 in prize money for the Premier I and Premier II teams. The incentives accounted for another RM525,000.
The eight teams who will see participation in the Super League are Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Sabah, Pahang, Penang, Sarawak and Selangor Public Bank.
Datuk Yap Nyim Keong, the assistant secretary of the FAM, said the game had been elevated to a higher playing level and thus only the best teams deserved to win the prizes.
“The bigger prize money is to make the league more exciting,” said Nyim Keong.
There will also be goodies up for grabs for the 18-team Premier League, which replaces Premier II. Only the top four teams are eligible for the total prize money worth RM450,000. The league will be divided into two groups of nine. The group champions will play each other, with the winner getting RM250,000 and the loser RM100,000. The second-placed teams in the two groups will each get RM50,000.
Meanwhile, the FAM in their bid to inject more professionalism in their organisation of the domestic competitions want team officials to be well versed with the rules and regulations.
For a start, they have made it compulsory for all team officials to attend a one-day briefing next month to know the dos and don'ts of the local game.