FAM changes limit on foreign players

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has announced that all four foreign players of every team are permitted to be on the field at the same time.

The new rule was confirmed with immediate effect for the new 2015 season after an FAM Executive Committee extraordinary meeting in Kelana Jaya on Friday.

Until last season, all Malaysian teams were allowed to sign a maximum of four foreigners, in which only three can be fielded for a match.

According to Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, President of the FAM, the decision was made to make the M-League more competitive.

"For the first time, we are allowing all four foreign players from each team to appear on the pitch at the same time,” he told the media after the meeting.

“It means that the local players have to try harder to compete for a spot in the starting eleven.”

He also revealed that the majority of the teams in Malaysia were in favour of the new rule.

However, it is not applicable for Malaysian Super League side LionsXII, who can only field an all-Singaporean line-up as per the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011.

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