Malaysia

Malaysia FA plans to enhance the youth development structure of the country

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) plans to work with the states football associations and clubs to enhance the youth development structure of the country.

In the FAM Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, FAM President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) pointed out that there is no link between top flight football competitions and grassroots level.

“We have studied the La Liga module, Italy league and in other parts of world, including Thailand…They have youth development in each district, school and teams to encourage more community teams and businessmen to owns club because at the end of the day, the future of Malaysian football will always fall on youth development,” TMJ said, as quoted by the New Straits Times.

“All the competitions around the states and districts need to somehow tally and get the best to qualify to the Division 4 and 5 to be introduced from next year. We (FAM) have to put a lot of energy and dedication to get teams and clubs to embrace our policy and philosophy.”

In the end of 2017, Malaysia national team plunged to the lowest ranking ever in FIFA rankings, which drew massive criticism from the public and the demands to reconstruct the national football system.