Thursday, October 19, 2006

More U-21 players in Malaysian Super League

Malaysian Super League sides will have to include at least two U-21 players one of whom should be in the starting line-up, according to new Football Association of Malaysia rules. The new requirement is to give more exposure to young players. If the U-21 players is injured during the match, then he can be replaced by only another U-21 player but if the second player is also injured then he can be replaced by anyone else on the bench. The FAM has also told the Super League sides to name 20 players from this season instead of the previous 16, AFCMedia reported.

The Super League season, which kicks off in December, will have 13 teams - defending champions Negri Sembilan, Malacca Telekom, Perak, Penang, Kedah, Malacca, Selangor, Terengganu, Perlis, Sarawak, Pahang, Johor FC and Brunei - after the exit of Petaling Jaya Municipal Council. Previously, eight teams were in the top flight.

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