The Malaysia FA Cup (Malay: Piala FA), known as Shopee Piala FA for sponsorship reasons[1], is an annual national knock-out football tournament in Malaysia. The cup was first held in 1990. The competition was previously managed by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) before it was transferred to Football Malaysia LLP (MFL) (now known as Malaysian Football League (MFL)) in the 2016 season.

Malaysia FA Cup
Piala FA 2017 Logo.png
Organising bodyMalaysia Football League (MFL)
Founded1990; 30 years ago (1990)
RegionMalaysia
Number of teams59 (from 2019)
Qualifier forAFC Champions League
Current championsKedah
(5th title)
Most successful club(s)Kedah
Selangor
(both 5 titles)
Television broadcastersiflix
Media Prima
Mycujoo
RTM (final only)
Websitewww.malaysianfootballleague.com
2020 Malaysia FA Cup

The cup is contested among the clubs from the Malaysia Super League, Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia M3 League and Malaysia M4 League. The preliminary and first rounds are played between the clubs that qualified from the M3 and M4 League. The winners advance to the second round and join the rest of the clubs.

The winners of the competition are awarded with a slot to compete in the AFC Cup alongside the champions of the Malaysia Super League. The current title holders are Kedah, which won their fifth title in the 2019 edition.

HistoryEdit

The tournament was introduced during the Liga Semi-Pro era in 1990.[2] The first winner of the competition was Perak who beat Selangor 4–2 in the final at Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

In 2016, FMLLP has taken over the management of the competition from Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).[3] For the 2016 season, there were 32 teams competing in the tournament, with 12 teams each from the Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Premier League, while the other 8 teams were decided with a play-off within Malaysia FAM League teams.[4]

In the 2019 season there were 59 clubs competing in the tournament, with 12 clubs from the Malaysia Super League, nine clubs from the Malaysia Premier League, 14 clubs from Liga M3 and 24 clubs from Liga M4.

Logo evolutionEdit

Since the inception of the league in 1990, numerous logo has been introduced for the cup to reflect the sponsorship purpose. Dunhill was the title sponsor for the competition until the agreement was ended at the end of 2004 season as tobacco advertising was banned in the country.[5] From 2005 to 2010, the Piala FA incorporated the TM brand as part of its logo as the title sponsor.[6] After the end of TM sponsorship for seven consecutive years, FAM has been partnering with Astro Media as strategic partner for Malaysian League starting in 2011 season.[7] In 2012, FAM introduced a new logo which has been used from 2012 until the end of 2015 season. For 2016 season a new logo was introduced as part of the takeover of the league by FMLLP. Superbest Power has become the title sponsor for the tournament for 2016 season.[8][9][10] For 2017 season, FMLLP has introduced a new logo without the title sponsor. FMLLP introduced a new logo with Shopee as the title sponsor from the 2018 season onwards.

Qualification for subsequent competitionsEdit

Asian footballEdit

The Malaysia FA Cup winners qualify for the following season's AFC Champions League or AFC Cup. This Asian place applies even if the team is relegated or is not in the Malaysia top flight but the team must qualified to AFC club licensing rules and regulation. In the past, if the FA Cup winning team also qualified for the following season's Champions League or AFC Cup through their league or Asian performance, then the runner-up of Malaysia Super League were given the Asian berth.

FinalsEdit

 
Kedah supporters at the 2007 FA Cup final
Year Champions Runners–up Score Venue
1990 Perak Selangor 4–2 Merdeka Stadium
1991 Selangor Perak 1–0 Merdeka Stadium
1992 Sarawak Kuala Lumpur 2–0 Merdeka Stadium
1993 Kuala Lumpur Sabah 2–1 Merdeka Stadium
1994 Kuala Lumpur Sabah 3–1 Merdeka Stadium
1995 Sabah Pahang 3–1 Merdeka Stadium
1996 Kedah Sarawak 1–0 Merdeka Stadium
1997 Selangor Pulau Pinang 1–0 Perak Stadium
1998 Johor Sabah 1–0 Likas Stadium
1999 Kuala Lumpur Terengganu 0–0
(5–3 pen.)
Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium
2000 Terengganu Pulau Pinang 1–1
(4–3 pen.)
Batu Kawan Stadium
2001 Selangor Sarawak 1–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2002 Pulau Pinang Perak 1–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2003 Negeri Sembilan Perlis 2–1 Perak Stadium
2004 Perak Terengganu 3–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2005 Selangor Perak 4–2 Shah Alam Stadium
2006 Pahang Perlis 0–0
(4–2 pen.)
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2007 Kedah Perlis 0–0
(4–2 pen.)
Batu Kawan Stadium
2008 Kedah Selangor 3–2 Shah Alam Stadium
2009 Selangor Kelantan 1–1
(4–1 pen.)
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2010 Negeri Sembilan Kedah 1–1
(5–4 pen.)
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2011 Terengganu Kelantan 2–1 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2012 Kelantan Sime Darby 1–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2013 Kelantan Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2014 Pahang Felda United 2–1 Shah Alam Stadium
2015 LionsXII Kelantan 3–1 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2016 Johor Darul Ta'zim PKNS 2–1 Shah Alam Stadium
2017 Kedah Pahang 3–2 Shah Alam Stadium
2018 Pahang Selangor 2–0 Bukit Jalil National Stadium
2019 Kedah Perak 1–0 (a.e.t.) Bukit Jalil National Stadium

Performance by clubsEdit

# Club Wins Runners-up
1 Selangor 5 3
2 Kedah 5 1
3 Pahang 3 2
4 Kuala Lumpur 3 1
5 Perak 2 4
6 Kelantan 2 3
7 Terengganu 2 2
8 Negeri Sembilan 2
9 Sabah 1 3
10 Sarawak 1 2
Pulau Pinang 1 2
12 Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 1
13 Johor 1
LionsXII 1
15 Perlis 3
16 Sime Darby 1
Felda United 1
PKNS 1

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Superbest Power To Sponsor 2016 FA Cup". Bernama. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Malaysia FA Cup 2016 kicks off with Superbest Power title sponsorship". Campaign Asia-Pacific. 12 January 2016. Archived from the original on 14 January 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Superbest Power Ikat Perjanjian Tiga Tahun Sebagai Penaja Utama Piala FA" (in Malay). Football Malaysia LLP. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.