Malaysia Premier League

This article is about the present-day second-tier division Malaysia Premier League. For former top-tier division Malaysia Premier League that was active from 1994 to 1997, see Malaysia Premier League (1994–97).
Malaysia Premier League
Country Malaysia Malaysia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2004 (2004)
Divisions 2
Number of teams 12 (from 2010)
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Malaysia Super League
Relegation to Malaysia FAM League
Domestic cup(s) Malaysia FA Cup
League cup(s) Malaysia Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup (via domestic cups)
Current champions Melaka United
Most championships Kedah
(2 titles)
Website Official Website
2016 Malaysia Premier League

Malaysia Premier League (MPL) (Malay: Liga Premier Malaysia) is the current second-tier football league in Malaysia. The league replaced the former second-tier league Malaysia Premier League 2 in Malaysian football league system.

Malaysia Premier League is contested by 12 clubs. Seasons run from February to October. The season starts in early February and lasts until late October, with a Ramadan break for a month. Teams play 22 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 132 matches in the season.[1] Most games are played on Fridays, with a few games played during weekdays.

The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Malaysia Super League for promotion and Malaysia FAM League for relegation.

In 2015, Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) was created in the course of privatisation of the Malaysian football league system. The partnership saw all 24 teams of Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Premier League including FAM as the Managing Partner and MP & Silva as a special partner (FAM's global media and commercial advisor) to become stakeholders in the company.[2][3] FMLLP owns, operates and runs five entities in Malaysian football under its jurisdiction, which include Malaysia Super League (MSL), the Malaysia Premier League (MPL), the Malaysia FA Cup, the Malaysia Cup and the Charity Shield. It aims to transform and move Malaysian football forward.

For 2016 season, the league is known as 100PLUS Liga Premier Malaysia for sponsorship reason.[4]

The current champion is Melaka United which won the league in 10 September 2016.[5]



Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) decided to privatise the Malaysian League in 2004 season onwards where Malaysia Super League was formed. Teams in Malaysia Premier League 1 and Malaysia Premier League 2 was then was put through a qualification and playoff to be promoted into Malaysia Super League. Teams that failed the qualification was put into now a second-tier league Malaysia Premier League (Liga Premier in Malay).

The Malaysia Premier League 1 was the nation's top-tier league from 1994 until 2003 when it was succeeded by the formations of professional football league, Malaysia Super League in 2004 by Football Association of Malaysia. The Malaysia Premier League 2 then was replaced by the new Malaysia Premier League where the teams was divided into two different groups.

The inaugural season for the new second-tier league started in 2004 with 18 teams divided into 2 groups.[6]

Between 2004 and 2006, Malaysia Premier League was divided into two groups of 8 teams:

At the end of the season, the top team from each group of the Premier League was promoted to the Malaysia Super League. The teams which finished bottom of each group were relegated to the Malaysia FAM League. The two group champions also faced-off to determine the Malaysia Premier League championship.

2007 league revamp as a single group

For the 2006-07 season, the Malaysia Premier League was reorganised into a single league of 11 teams instead of being a competition involving two separate groups of teams. There were less amount of teams due to more teams was promoted to Malaysia Super League as part of the league expansion and some other withdrew from Malaysia Premier League.

For 2007 onwards, Malaysia Premier League was combined into one single league.

2010 league season with 12 teams

Over the years since its formation, the league has witnessed numerous changes to its format in order to accommodate the changes to rules and number of teams competing in the league where only since 2010 the number of teams competing has been stabilized with 12 teams.

In 2015, Football Malaysia LLP was created in the course of privatisation of the Malaysian football league system. The partnership saw all 24 teams of Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Premier League including FAM as the Managing Partner and MP & Silva as a special partner (FAM's global media and commercial advisor) to become stakeholders in the company.[2] The company owns, operates and runs five entities in Malaysian football under its jurisdiction, which include Malaysia Super League, the Malaysia Premier League, the Malaysia FA Cup, the Malaysia Cup and the Charity Shield. It aims to transform and move Malaysian football forward.

Club Licensing Regulations

Every team in the Malaysia Premier League must have a licence to play in the league, or else they are relegated. To obtain a licence, teams must be financially healthy and meet certain standards of conduct as organisations. As part of privation effort for the league, all clubs compete in MSL and MPL will be required to obtained FAM Club Licensing.[7][8]

As a preliminary preparation towards the total privatisation of the league, FAM Club Licensing Regulation is being created with the hope of it being enforced throughout MSL fully by the end of 2018 and MPL by end of 2019.[7][8]

Privatisation of league football clubs

In November 2016, Melaka United Soccer Association became the third FAM affiliates to separate itself from the management of football team with the privatisation of its football team as separate entity called as Melaka United Football Club for 2017 Malaysia Super League season onwards. The other two are Pahang Football Association with Pahang F.C. and Johor Football Association with Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. in early 2016.[9]

The state Football Association such as Johor Football Association will now changing its focus to state football development and managing state league.

Logo evolution

Since the inception of the league as the second-tier league in 2004, numerous logo has been introduced for the league to reflect the sponsorship purpose. From 2004 to 2010, the Malaysia Premier League incorporated the TM brand as part of its logo as the title sponsor.[10] After the end of TM sponsorship for seven consecutive years, FAM launched a new logo for the 2011 season where it has been partnering with Astro Media as strategic partner for MSL marketing.[11] The Astro brand was only incorporated as part of the MSL logo from 2012 season until the end of 2014 season. In 2015 season, no title sponsor was incorporated when the league was sponsored by MP & Silva.[12] For 2016 season a new logo was introduced as part of the takeover of the league by FMLLP where 100PLUS has been announced as title sponsor.[4]


Season Sponsors League Name
2004–11 TM[10][11] TM Liga Premier
2012–14 Astro Media[11] Astro Liga Premier Malaysia
2015 MP & Silva[12][13] Liga Premier Malaysia
2016 100PLUS[4] 100PLUS Liga Premier Malaysia


The FMLLP will introduce the merit-point system starting in 2016 season. Points will be awarded based on a team’s league position, progress in the Cup competitions (FA Cup and Malaysia Cup) and the number of live matches shown. A point in season’s Malaysian League will be worth RM41,000.[1]

The money will be distribute twice per season. First during early season where the team will received a basic payment out of that particular year league sponsorship and the second payment will be received at the end of the season where all merit-point has been calculated.[14] For 2016 season, the first basic payment will consist of 30 percent cut out of RM 70 Million league sponsorship that equal to RM 21 million which will be distributed among 24 teams of Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Premier League.[14]

Team in Malaysian league has quite often involved in financial problem as their spending is more than their revenue. The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) is one of the active member in pursuing the issue of unpaid salaries. In January 2016, PFAM president's suggest a couple solutions to promote financial sustainability on the competing team's part where the team's should make long-term investments by operating according to their budgets and requiring teams wage bills to be no bigger than 60 percent of their total spending. Other suggestion including for the salaries to be deducted directly from team grants and winning prizes, for points to be deducted from teams experiencing payment issues, and a ruling that requires teams to settle all their late salary payments before the start of every new season.[15]

In response to this issues, FMLLP decided starting 2016 season, football clubs would be given warnings with the deduction of three league points if they failed to pay player's salary.[16][17] If the problem persists, it will affect the licence of the clubs. When the club licence is withdrawn, the team will not be able to compete next season. If the team don't adopt the right structure, they will be left behind and club licensing will be a problem for them, and the team will drop out from competing in the league.[16][17]

Other than this, each teams do raise revenue from sponsorship from local, regional and international sponsors for their team.[18][19][20][21] [22]

Media Coverage

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), a free-to-air channel has been broadcasting Malaysian league for a years even before the formation of Malaysia Super League. They continued to broadcast the league most of the times exclusively until end of 2010 where Astro Media was announced as sponsors and to manage the broadcasting right of the league for four years spanning from 2011 until 2014 season.[23] During this time, the league was broadcast on one of the cable channel of Astro Media, which is Astro Arena alongside the RTM for the free-to-air broadcast. In 2015, Astro lost the broadcasting right for the league where the right was given to Media Prima, a parent company of multiple free-to-air channel alongside the broadcast with RTM.[24][25][26] The broadcasting right for 2016 season has been given to Media Prima for 3 years with a maximum of three games in each gameweek will be shown live on television.[27]

Although the broadcasting rights were held by the broadcasters, the Malaysia Premier League has not shown live matches for quite some time as most of the production has been fully utilised for the Malaysia Super League matches. As a result, most of the time, matches from Malaysia Premier League were only shown as highlights for the sports news segment.

Season TV Broadcasters
2004–10 RTM
2011–14 Astro Arena,[23][24] RTM
2015 Media Prima[24][25] (TV3, NTV7, TV9), RTM[26]
2016–18 Media Prima[27]


Sime Darby were relegated to 2016 Malaysia Premier League after finished bottom places in 2015 Malaysia Super League. Meanwhile, ATM (11th places) also relegated after losing the play-off for Malaysia Super League.

Melaka United and Perlis was promoted to Malaysia Premier League after securing place as champions and runners-up in 2015 Malaysia FAM League.

Stadiums and locations

Team States Home Ground Capacity
ATM Temerloh Mini Stadium, Temerloh, Pahang 10,000
DRB-HICOM Kuala Lumpur Proton City Stadium, Tanjung Malim, Perak 3,000
Johor Darul Ta'zim II Johor Pasir Gudang Stadium, Pasir Gudang, Johor 15,000
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Selayang Stadium, Selayang, Selangor 20,000
Kuantan Pahang Darul Makmur Stadium, Kuantan, Pahang 40,000
Melaka United Malacca Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong, Malacca 40,000
Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Paroi, Negeri Sembilan 40,000
Perlis Perlis Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium, Kangar, Perlis 20,000
PKNS Selangor Petaling Jaya Stadium, Petaling Jaya, Selangor 25,000
Sabah Sabah Likas Stadium, Likas, Sabah 35,000
Sime Darby Kuala Lumpur Selayang Stadium, Selayang, Selangor 20,000
UiTM Selangor UiTM Stadium, Shah Alam, Selangor 6,000


Since Malaysia Premier League inception as second-tier league in 2004, Kedah has become the most winners of Malaysia Premier League with two titles.

Season Champions Runners-up
2004 Selangor MPPJ Malacca TMFC
2005 Selangor Selangor Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan
2005–06 Kedah Kedah Malacca Malacca
2006–07 PDRM Kuala Lumpur MyTeam
2007–08 Kedah KM Naza Kuala Lumpur KL PLUS
2009 Malaysia Harimau Muda A Terengganu T-Team
2010 Kuala Lumpur FELDA United Sabah Sabah
2011 Selangor PKNS Sarawak Sarawak
2012 ATM Pahang Pahang
2013 Sarawak Sarawak Kuala Lumpur Sime Darby
2014 PDRM Kuala Lumpur FELDA United
2015 Kedah Kedah Penang Penang
2016 Malacca Melaka United Selangor PKNS

Best performing teams

Table below is the list of number of championship wins by winners since 2004.

1Kedah Kedah2
3Selangor MPPJ1
4Selangor Selangor1
5Kedah KM Naza1
6Malaysia Harimau Muda A1
7Kuala Lumpur FELDA United1
8Selangor PKNS1
9 ATM1
10Sarawak Sarawak1
11Malacca Melaka United1

Great Honours

Great honours for Premier League are titled for the team who won 2 trophies (double) and 3 trophies (treble) in the same season. It covers Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.


Year Teams Titles
2005 SelangorSelangor Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup & Malaysia Cup


Golden Boot Winners

Below is the list of golden boot winners of Malaysia Premier League since its inception as second-tier league in 2004.

Season Players Clubs Goals
2004 Argentina Brian Diego Fuentes Selangor Selangor 25
2005 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas Selangor Selangor 23
2005–06 Argentina Gustavo Fuentes Malacca Malacca 18
2006–07 Croatia Marin Mikac Selangor UPB-MyTeam 13
2008 Senegal Mohamed Moustapha N'diaye Kelantan Kelantan 27
2009 Malaysia Mohd Haris Safwan Mohd Kamal Terengganu T-Team 24
2010 Malaysia Mohammad Zamri Hassan Selangor PKNS 11
2011 Malaysia Mohd Fitri Omar Johor Muar 16
2012 Malaysia Khairul Izuan Abdullah PDRM 27
2013 Croatia Karlo Primorac Federal Territory (Malaysia) Sime Darby 24
2014 Republic of Ireland Billy Mehmet Kedah Kedah 23
2015 Liberia Francis Doe Negeri Sembilan NS Matrix 17
2016 Montenegro Ilija Spasojević Malacca Melaka United 24

Foreign players

Foreign players policy has changed multiple times since the league inception.[28] In 2009, FAM took a drastic measure when they change the foreign players policy when they were banned from playing in the league until 2011.[28] Foreign players were only allowed be back to the league starting from the 2012 season onwards.[28]

All foreign players must obtain International Transfer Certificate from their previous national football governing body that their previous clubs affiliated before they can be register with FAM in order to play in Malaysia Premier League.[28]

See also


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  3. A media briefing and workshop was conducted by FAM, FMLLP and MPS to give a clearer picture on what we can expect in Malaysian football
  4. 1 2 3
  6. Saingan tiga pusingan 2004 -- Liga Super, Perdana lebih kompetitif
  7. 1 2
  8. 1 2 Why Club Licensing? - footballmalaysia
  9. MUSA kini dikenali sebagai MUFC
  10. 1 2 Liga M dapat tajaan lumayan RM220 juta
  11. 1 2 3 Logo baru Liga M dilancar Rabu
  12. 1 2 MP & Silva in for the long term, says Managing Director
  13. MP & SILVA appointed as Football Association Of Malaysia Global Advisor For Media & Commercial Rights until 2030
  14. 1 2 FMLLP jamin bayaran pertama selesai Februari
  15. Hai-O claims FMLLP neglects player salary issues
  16. 1 2 FAs warned over non-payment of salary.
  17. 1 2 Gaji Tertunggak, FMLLP Sedia Potong Mata Pasukan
  23. 1 2 Fox Sports Asia eyeing M-League rights?
  24. 1 2 3 Media Prima insider defends their M-League telecasts
  25. 1 2 Plans underway to improve Media Prima's match telecasts
  26. 1 2 National broadcasting station Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will be telecasting the Malaysia Super League opener this weekend
  27. 1 2 "MEDIA PRIMA RAIH HAK PENYIARAN LIGA BOLA SEPAK UNTUK 3 TAHUN". Football Malaysia LLP. 11 February 2016.
  28. 1 2 3 4 Sejarah Perubahan Format & Peraturan Liga Bola Sepak Malaysia Dari 1982 Hingga 2016
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