Malaysia FA Cup
The Malaysia FA Cup (Malay: Piala FA), known as Shopee Piala FA for sponsorship reasons, 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.
|Organising body||Malaysia Football League (MFL)|
|Number of teams||59 (from 2019)|
|Qualifier for||AFC Champions League|
|Most successful club(s)||Kedah|
(both 5 titles)
RTM (final only)
|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.
In 2016, FMLLP has taken over the management of the competition from Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). 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.
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.
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. From 2005 to 2010, the Piala FA incorporated the TM brand as part of its logo as the title sponsor. 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. 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. 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
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.
Performance by clubsEdit
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