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AFL chairman Datuk Yusoff Mahadi. NSTP PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: The Amateur Football League (AFL) will become a semi-professional tournament in 2021.

This year, 20 teams in the M3 League, which is part of the AFL, will be separated into two groups.

In 2021, only 12 teams with strong financial backings will be allowed to play in the M3 League while only eight will compete in the M4 League.

AFL chairman Datuk Yusoff Mahadi also announced that state-level and privately run leagues will be absorbed into M5 League in 2021.

“We need to fix the M3 League structure as AFL want to ensure the league standard doesn’t fall too far behind the Premier League. We want teams to be more prepared for the promotion,” he said.

AFL also hope two or four slots will be allocated to M3 League teams for the Challenge Cup.

However, it is subject to the Malaysian Football League’s (MFL) approval.

The Challenge Cup is a competition for teams who do not qualify for the Malaysia Cup.

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