KUALA LUMPUR: The inaugural Celcom National Futsal League (NFL) has drawn the participation of 33 team and the preliminary rounds will be played in four zones.
The league begins on Jan 6 and the top two teams from the competitions in the North (Penang), East (Kuantan), South (Johor Baru) and Central (Kuala Lumpur) zones will qualify for the Finals.
The zone competitions will be played in two groups and the top two qualify for the crossover semi-finals to decide the teams to play in the Finals.
The FAM general secretary, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, said at the launch of the league at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium here yesterday: “Our aim is build a stronger national team.
“Previously there was only a knockout tournament involving state teams. The NFL will provide a bigger pool of players for national selection.”
n NORTH ZONE
Group A: Persatuan Melayu Perlis, Pendang, UiTM, Penang FA Bagan.
Group B: JKR, Bukhara Perlis, MBAS, Penang.
n CENTRAL ZONE
Group A: Perak DBI, Navy, Hyundai Sime FC, DBKL, MPSJ.
Group B: Kosas, KWSP, Teluk Intan Municipal Council, PBD Tapah.
n SOUTH ZONE
Group A: Selangor Sukses FC (Umno), A. Forces, Police, JFA Jitu Jati.
Group B: Masum, Johor Baru MC, AOB-Teras Selatan, Army.
n EAST ZONE
Group A: Norlin-Terengganu, Melayu PB, MPK, Kelantan B.
Group B: Kelantan C, Pahang Junior, Norlin-Pahang, Kelantan A.