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Myanmar National League
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Confederation AFC
Founded 4 March 2009
Number of teams 11
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Myanmar National League Cup
International cup(s) AFC President's Cup
Current champions Yadanabon
(2009)
Most championships Yadanabon
Website myanmarnationalleague
33px 2010 MNL season

The Myanmar National League (MNL) is the premier national professional football league of Myanmar. In 2009, the league replaced the Myanmar Premier League, which consisted only of 14 Yangon-based football clubs, with eight professional clubs representing different regions across the nation.[1] On 16 May 2009, the league launched its inaugural two-month tournament, Myanmar National League Cup 2009 in preparation for the first full season in 2010.[2] Despite its national ambitions, the league held the MNL Cup 2009 matches in the country's two main stadiums in Yangon due to lack of adequate facilities elsewhere. On 5 July 2009, Yadanabon FC defeated Yangon United FC in the MNL Cup final to become the first-ever MNL Champion.

The league has added three clubs for the 2010 season, bringing the total to eleven clubs.

HistoryEdit

Professional football competition in Myanmar has existed only in a limited form. All premier leagues up to this point are made up of Yangon-based football clubs, most of which are outfits of government Ministries. It was only after 1996, when the Premier League (Template:Lang-my) was relaunched as Myanmar Premier League that non-government clubs were invited to join the league. Still, the league was based only in Yangon, and never caught the imagination of Burmese football fans who follow European football with near religious fervor.

The Myanmar Football Federation sought approval from the government to launch a nationwide league in February, 2008, and finally received permission to set up private clubs in December, 2008. Each club will be permitted to sign at most five foreign players and one foreign coach. The government has granted each club tax exemptions for an initial three-year period, while each club owner must provide a minimum of K200 million (approximately US$200,000) for initial investment. It is expected that the annual operating cost for each club will be about K500 million (US$500,000).[1] The investment apparently covers costs such as salaries, transportation and equipment, but does not include the clubs stadiums, which are all nationalized.[3]

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ChampionsEdit

Myanmar Premier League
Year Club
1995/96 Finance and Revenue
1996/97 Finance and Revenue
1997/98 Yangon City Development
1998/99 Finance and Revenue
1999/00 Finance and Revenue
2000/01 Commerce
2001/02 Finance and Revenue
2002/03 Finance and Revenue
2003/04 Finance and Revenue
2004/05 Finance and Revenue
2005/06 Finance and Revenue
2006/07 Finance and Revenue
2007/08 Finance and Revenue
Myanmar National League Cup
Year Club
2009 Yadanabon
Myanmar National League
Year Club
2009/10 Yadanabon
2010 Yadanabon

ClubsEdit

The league started out with eight clubs but has expanded to eleven clubs, starting in the 2010 season. One more club, Rakhapura United shall join MNL starting in 2011 MNL season starting on 15 January 2011.

Club Stadium Best Finish # Championships
Ayeyawady United (formerly Delta United) Pathein Stadium 2nd 0
Kanbawza Taunggyi Stadium 3rd 0
Magway Magway Stadium 3rd 0
Manaw Myay Swomprabom Stadium
Naypyidaw Zabuthiri Stadium
Okktha United Taungoo Stadium 6th 0
Rakhapura United 0
Southern Myanmar United Yamanya Stadium 7th 0
Yadanabon Bahtoo Stadium 1st 2
Yangon United Aung San Stadium 2nd 0
Zeya Shwe Myay Monywa Stadium 5th 0
Zwegabin United Hpa-An Stadium 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:Myanmar National League Seasons

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