KUALA LUMPUR: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have reduced the annual grant for teams to make them more hungry to go for success in the M-League next season.
Last year, the state teams received an annual grant of RM1.5 million to run their professional league teams and for their youth development programme.
But after a council meeting here yesterday, the FAM announced that the grant would be reduced to RM900,000 – a cut of RM600,000.
The only way for teams to make up for the deficit is by winning titles in the M-League.
Under the new scheme, the maximum grant a state team can receive if they also compete in the President's Cup (Under Under-20) and Youth Cup (Under Under-17) is RM900,000.
The state teams in the inaugural Super League are Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Sabah, Pahang, Penang and Sarawak.
Club side Selangor Public Bank complete the eight-team cast in the Super League.
All the teams in the elite league will receive RM550,000.
But the state teams will get an additional RM200,000 for the President's Cup and another RM150,000 for the Youth Cup.
The prize money purse is bigger and the FAM have also decided to award cash rewards for the Malaysia Cup competition for the first time.
In the Super League, the champions will win RM500,000 and the runners-up will get RM300,000.
The third-placed team will receive RM200,000.
The FA Cup winners will pocket RM100,000 and the runners-up will take home RM50,000.
Teams who make it to the semi-finals of the Malaysia Cup will win prize money.
The losing semi-finalists will get RM50,000 each and the finalists will receive RM100,000 each.
For the 18-team Premier League, the nine state sides will receive RM450,000 each while the nine clubs will be given RM200,000 each.
The Premier League will be played in two groups with the winners contesting the final.
The Premier League champions will earn RM250,000 while the runners-up will get RM100,000. The two runners-up in the groups will receive RM50,000 each.
The FAM also announced that the start list of 18 players next season in the M-League must have at least one Under-21 player.
All players in the M-League also have to pass a fitness test – completing 3,000m within 12 minutes instead of 2,800m.
The FAM also said that they would be receiving a US$400,000 grant from FIFA to lay an artificial pitch next to the Bukit Jalil Sports School.