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MPFL can set benchmark for future professional Futsal Leagues - FIFA

Last update: 20/02/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- World football governing body FIFA have described the Malaysia Premier Futsal League (MPFL) as the best stage towards introducing a professional futsal league in the future.

FIFA Development Project Regional Office co-ordinator Niko Nhouvannasak said the world governing body always encouraged their affiliates to organise more such tournaments to raise the quality of futsal.

“FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) are the best example as they have started to invest in the tournament and infrastructure.

“The MPFL has the potential to set a benchmark for professional futsal leagues. We hope their efforts will encourage and attract more players and coaches to join futsal in the future,” FIFA said in a statement issued by FAM today.

Niko also stressed on the importance of having sound financial funds to ensure tournaments like MPFL remain sustainable, especially in terms of development.

“However, I believe that with the support from FIFA and AFC (Asian Football Confederation), FAM will be able to meet the necessary criteria in ensuring the futsal league remains in Malaysia,” he said.

FAM launched the MPFL recently with the aim of ensuring the league would head towards the professional era, in line with FAM’s roadmap, or F-30, which was launched last year.

Ten men’s team and five women’s sides will compete in the inaugural six-month long MPFL, which is scheduled to begin in April.

-- BERNAMA



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