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The Brunei Super League (Liga Super Brunei in Malay) or DST Super League for sponsorship reasons, is a Bruneian professional league for association football. It is at the top flight of the Bruneian football league system and it is managed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD). The league is contested between several teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Brunei Premier League. The clubs participating in this top flight league need to pass a set of requirements and verification process, particularly related to professionalism and infrastructure feasibility.

Brunei Super League
Founded2012; 7 years ago (2012)
CountryBrunei
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBrunei Premier League
Domestic cup(s)Brunei FA Cup
Brunei Super Cup
Current championsMS ABDB
(2018–19)
Most championshipsMS ABDB
(4 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
2018–19 Brunei Super League

The championship winner will receive B$14,000 ($10,000 USD) as prize money, as well as being eligible for the AFC Cup as Brunei's representative, provided that the club conforms to AFC's Club Licence criteria. The runners-up will get B$10,000 ($7,000 USD) while the top scorer will get B$400 ($290 USD).

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HistoryEdit

There has been a football competition in Brunei since 1985 which was organised by the Brunei Football Association (BAFA). BAFA introduced a league competition known then as the Proton B-League in 2002.[1]

In 2008, the Brunei government de-registered BAFA from its Register of Societies, and acknowledged a new football federation, the Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD).[2][3][4] This irked international football's governing body FIFA to suspend Brunei's membership in September 2009 due to government interference.[5] FIFA reinstated Brunei in May 2011, recognizing another football association, the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) as its representative to Brunei.[6] This resulted in the abandonment of the 2011 Brunei Premier League which was organized by FFBD.[7]

The NFABD reorganized the Brunei football league system, establishing a "super" league as the competition's top tier (thus mirroring the current league naming system of the Malaysians) which will be played after a preliminary competition which will decide the teams that will be in the new league. This became the 2011–12 Brunei National Football League, where 32 teams in 4 groups qualify for 10 places in the Brunei Super League.[8]

The founding members of the Brunei Super League are: Indera FC, Jerudong FC, Kilanas FC, LLRC FT, Majra United FC, MS ABDB, MS PDB, Najip FC, QAF FC and Wijaya FC.[9]

Current formatEdit

For the 2018-19 season, the league will be split into two rounds. In other words, each team faces the other teams twice. At the end of the season the champion is crowned. Tiebreaker in the standings are in descending order: Points, goal difference, goals for, number of wins (each in all matches), if still tied same tiebreakers are used on matches between tied teams, if teams are still tied, better fair play record and eventually drawing of lots will decide the finishing position.

TeamsEdit

VenuesEdit

ChampionshipEdit

RecordsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Season Players Teams/clubs Goals
2012–13 Azwan Ali Rahman[16] Indera SC 17
2014 Zulkhairy Razali[17] Indera SC 11
2015 Hardi Bujang Jerudong FC 18
2016 Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman MS ABDB 8
2017–18 Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman MS ABDB 28
2018–19 Hanif Aiman Adanan[18] Kasuka FC 16

Best player awardEdit

Season Player Club
2012–13 No award n/a
2014 Mazazizi Mazlan[19] MS ABDB
2015 Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman MS ABDB
2016 Tarmizi Johari[20] MS ABDB
2017–18 Haimie Anak Nyaring[21] Indera SC
2018–19 Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri Kota Ranger FC

All-time goalscoring recordEdit

As of 15 April 2019

Players in bold are still playing in the Super League.
Players in italics are no longer active.

# Name Period Club(s) Goals
1 Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman 2012–2018 MS ABDB 62
2 Hamizan Aziz Sulaiman 2012– Indera SC 49
3 Asri Aspar 2012– Indera SC 48
4 Razimie Ramlli 2015–2019 MS ABDB 44
5 Anaqi Sufi Omar Baki 2012– Wijaya FC 40
6 Abu Bakar Mahari 2012–2014, 2016– Jerudong FC, QAF FC, Kota Ranger 39
7 Hardi Bujang 2012– QAF FC, Jerudong FC, Indera SC, Kota Ranger 33
8 Esmendy Ibrahim 2012–2014, 2016– Jerudong FC, Najip I-Team, Kasuka FC, Kota Ranger 27
9 Mardi Mirza Abdullah 2012– QAF FC, Jerudong FC, Kasuka FC 25
10 Marhazif Ahad 2012– Wijaya FC 24

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brunei 2002". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 9 January 2005. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Bafa's Fate Up To Home Ministry". Borneo Bulletin. 23 December 2008. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Appeal fails, BAFA sinks". Borneo Bulletin. 25 December 2008. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Fans take over Brunei soccer". Borneo Bulletin. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  5. ^ "FIFA ban Brunei". ESPN. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ "FIFA LIFT BAN ON BRUNEI; EXTEND DEADLINE FOR INDONESIA". ASEAN Football Federation. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  7. ^ "FFBD-organised competitions to be discontinued". The Brunei Times. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  8. ^ "NFABD KICK OFF NEW BRUNEI LEAGUE". ASEAN Football Federation. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  9. ^ "TEN TEAMS TO BATTLE FOR BRUNEI SUPER LEAGUE IN DECEMBER". ASEAN Football Federation. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  10. ^ Brunei 2012/13 Archived April 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Brunei 2014 Archived April 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Brunei 2015 Archived April 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Brunei 2016". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Brunei 2017/18". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Brunei 2018/19". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Indera SC take home the hardware". The Brunei Times. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Indera FC juara Liga Super DST 2014". Pelita Brunei. 15 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Kasuka FC's forward Box V4 scoops Super League top scorer award". Borneo Bulletin. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Indera lose battle but win war". The Brunei Times. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  20. ^ "MS ABDB crowned DST Super League champs". Borneo Bulletin. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  21. ^ "MS ABDB pertahankan kejuaraan Liga Super DST". Pelita Brunei. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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