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(Stock image for illustration purposes) Previously, football calendars were released, either by MFL or the FA of Malaysia (FAM), just before the start of the new season. NSTP/ Saddam Yusoff

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Football League (MFL) have recorded a significant first in the history of football in the country by releasing the 2019 and 2020 M-League calendars in advance.

Previously, football calendars were released, either by MFL or the FA of Malaysia (FAM), just before the start of the new season.

“By circulating the calendars early, we hope it will help teams to plan ahead pertaining registration of participation and players, and also the submission of necessary documents,” read the statement on Saturday.

“The calendars were finalised after consulting the national senior and youth coaches to ensure they are given sufficient time to prepare their teams for competitions.”

MFL added that the 2021 calendar will be released by the end of the 2019 season.

“We see this as a move to assist sponsors to plan in advance and also help in increasing their revenues.

“However, match schedules will be released a month before the season kicks off.”

Based on the 2019 M-League calendar, the Charity Shield match is scheduled on Feb 2 with Super League and Premier League matches to commerce a day earlier.

The FA Cup final will be staged on July 27 while the preliminary round of the Malaysia Cup starts early August.

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