Updated: Jun 13, 2020
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today announced the cancellation of three competitions under its management, the Presidential Cup, Youth Cup and Malaysia Premier Futsal League (MPFL) for the 2020 season.
According to the guidelines issued, football has been categorized as a contact sport prohibited by the National Security Council (MKN) and can only be conducted as a recreational activity with a one-meter social incarceration of not more than 10 individuals.However, any organized games or contests are not allowed during the pandemic period.While futsal is other than being categorized as a contact sport, it is also not allowed during the CPPB as all types of indoor sports activities are included in the list of sports activities prohibited by MKN.
As the national football body, FAM wants to ensure that national football and futsal activities and competitions can be resumed safely after being postponed to March 16, 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, the Movement Control Order (CPP) which started on March 18, 2020 is still in phase of the Conditional Movement Control Order (PKPB) until June 9, 2020.
After reviewing the guidelines, for FAM to continue organizing the Presidential Cup, Youth Cup and MPFL for the remainder of the 2020 season, priority should be given to aspects of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for managing training sessions and organizing matches, to ensure the safety and health of all individuals must attend the training venue and the match is guaranteed.
In addition, some teams in the Presidential and Youth Cup competitions used the open field as their venue as hosts, thus making it difficult to control SOP compliance in organizing matches.
Similarly, for MPFL tournaments in which all types of indoor activities are prohibited by MKN, this may result in some obstacles being faced in obtaining approval for SOP management of training sessions and match organizers.
Unsure of whether the CPPB will expire on June 9, 2020 or continue, the FAM will have to make a decision now and cannot wait or postpone this decision as it will only affect the position of the stakeholders.
The decision was made after the FAM conducted research, research and a series of internal discussions, in addition to refining guidelines and SOPs, and advice from the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) especially on organizing the Presidential and Youth Cup matches on the open field and prohibiting sports activities in closed areas (indoor) where it involves an MPFL match.
Therefore, in light of the operational and welfare issues of all football and futsal industry holders, FAM has unanimously decided to cancel the Presidential, Youth and MPFL Cup matches for the 2020 season with immediate effect. fam.org.my.