Sivasundram said the Selangor Under-19 squad had benefited by playing in the competitive Football Association of Selangor league.
“The highly intense competition in the Super division was the telling factor contributing to Selangor winning the National Youth Cup. Five players, from the Selangor Under-19 squad, were also called to the Harimau C squad.
“So, we decided to have two teams in the Super division this year,’’ said Sivasundram.
Belia Selangor A will comprise players preparing for this year’s National Youth Cup while Belia Selangor B will have players aged from 16 to 18. Belia Selangor A will be in Group A while Belia Selangor B in Group B.
The Super division, offering RM20,000 to the champions and RM10,000 to the runners-up, will have 19 teams. Defending champions Emkay-NPNG are in Group A with Megah Murni, Belia Selangor A, Proton, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Prisons, Sultan Sulaiman Club, UMW and Selangor Indian Association.
Group B has Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Anak Kalumpang, Belia Selangor B, TLDM, Hong Chin, PNSB, Kuala Langat District Football Association, Smart Focus-MPNA and PKNS.
After the preliminary rounds, the top four teams, from each group, will qualify for the quarter-finals. Last year there were no quarter-finals but the top two teams , from each group, advanced to the semi-finals.
Sivasundram said they opted to have the quarter-finals for the new season due to request from the teams.
“The teams felt the quarter-finals will make the Super division more exciting and interesting. We hope to see some exciting matches as the teams are committed towards making an impact in the league,’’ said Sivasundram.
Besides the Super division, the Football Association of Selangor also has the Premier and Division One. Both the Premier and Division One have four groups.
The FA Cup will be an open affair for all the participating teams. Emkay-NPNG manager Michael Palani said the season would be an interesting one.
“All the teams have started intensive training as they want to dislodge us. We have started the season on a winning note by lifting the Charity Shield. We are looking forward to the season with confidence,’’ said Michael.
Group A: Emkay-NPNG, Megah Murni, Belia Selangor A, Proton, Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Prisons, Sultan Sulaiman Club, UMW, Selangor Indian Association
Group B: Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Anak Kalumpang, Belia Selangor B, TLDM, Hong Chin, PNSB, Kuala Langat District Football Association, Smart Focus-MPNA, PKNS.
Group A: Hallo-Hallo Melevar, Shah Alam City Council, Suriavilla, Puchong Hunters, Selangor Chinese Recreation Club, Selangor Indian Football Association, Cemerlang-PJU, KHAFF, Rising Star
Group B: Putra Subang, Sharpees, Seranta, UiTM, PBIKL-BTS Young Star, Samudra-KHC, BBPJ, Horizon, Klang Gate
Group C: Frenz United, Putra Perwira, Wira, MPKE, Sari Dee, Victoria, Tanjung Medan Harmoni, SS-Kundang All Stars
Group D: Port Rangers, Puchong Rangers, Kenari Subang, Darul Affiah, Nilam Puri Dengkil, Sri Remaja, DB-Mawar, Kulitkraf-HTC
Group A: Sg Buaya, Puchong Rovers, Setia Jaya-HKC, LS-MAFT, Mutiara KD, Rovers, Anggerek, Klang United, Lighthouse, AU2, Lembaga Zakat, SB-My World, Kelisa-Atai, FRIM
Group B: Nusantara, Pemuda Pandamaran Jaya, Rose-Optimus, Damansura, SS Putra, Setia Kelana, Starbrite, Padang Jawa, Waja, Klang District Football Association, Vulcans, BRB-KUIS, Iman
Group C: KC-Al Falah, PNMB, Petaling District Football Association, AAB FC, Sentullian-Semangat Baru, ATM-31 Rad, SL Zabag, Gen Pro-MMU, TC-KPJ, IC-NADI, Armada, SI-Bukit Kuda, Pos Selangor
Group D: Meru Bkt Kapar, Selayang, PBHL-Taman Berjaya, NR-Sekh Selangor, Bukit Lanchong, Red Giants, Sukaramai, Perisai, Batu Caves, Sunday Cowboys, Tamilians Physical Cultural Association, TURI, Pendamai Putra
*Sumber Dari The Star