Myanmar Football Federation
AFC
Myanmar Football Federation.png
Founded1947; 75 years ago (1947)
(as Burma Football Federation)
HeadquartersYangon
FIFA affiliation1952
AFC affiliation1954
AFF affiliation1996
PresidentZaw Zaw
Websitethe-mff.org

The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) (Burmese: မြန်မာနိုင်ငံ ဘောလုံး အဖွဲ့ချုပ်) is the governing body of football in Myanmar. The MFF oversees the Burmese men's national team, the women's national team, and youth national teams as well as national football championships and professional club competitions.

MFF Headquarters
MFF Headquarters

History

Reportedly introduced during the British colonial era by James George Scott, a British colonial administrator,[1] football has been the most popular sport in the country. The Burma Football Federation was founded in 1947, a year before the country's independence from the United Kingdom. The BFF joined FIFA in 1952, and the AFC in 1954.[2]

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The federation launched the first States and Divisions Football Championship in 1952.[2] The highly popular annual competition became the main venue from which to draw out talented players from around the country. This rudimentary level of talent development seemed sufficient for a while. Burma was a top Asian football power, along with Iran and South Korea, in the 1960s and early 1970s, winning two Asian Games tournaments (1966, 1970) and then unprecedented five South East Asian Games tournaments (1965–1973) as well as coming in second in the 1968 Asian Cup tournament.[2] During a ten-year span between 1961 and 1970, Burma thoroughly dominated the U-19/U-20 Asian Cup, reaching the finals nine times and winning the tournament seven times.[3]

Starting from the mid-1970s, the country's football success—a source of much national pride—also declined rapidly, along with the country's precipitous economic decline. (Aside from a few regional tournament wins, the Burmese men's national team has not won any major football competition since 1973.) The federation did (or could do) little to promote development of football, or nurture the talent through professional league competitions. Until 1996, the country's main football league consisted of Yangon-based clubs run by government ministries and known for corruption. Although private football clubs were allowed to join the Myanmar Premier League in 1996, the league still did not attract much following by Burmese public. In December 2008, the MFF announced the formation a new national professional league, Myanmar National League, which will start its first full season in 2010.

In accordance with FIFA regulations, the MFF reportedly became an independent organization, free of government control, in March 2009.[4]

Competitions run by the MFF

Programmes

Together with Youri Djorkaeff, Aung San Suu Kyi meets the school kids at FIFA Football For Schools launching ceremony.
Together with Youri Djorkaeff, Aung San Suu Kyi meets the school kids at FIFA Football For Schools launching ceremony.

The MFF has launched the FIFA Football for Schools project with the support of the FIFA Foundation on 31 January 2020. The event, hosted by MFF President Zaw Zaw, was attended by the State Counsellor H. E. Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister for the Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff, together with guests, presidents and secretaries from local township football associations.[5]

Association staff

Name Position Source
Myanmar Zaw Zaw President [6][7]
Myanmar Pye Phyo Tayza Vice President [6][7]
Myanmar Sai Sam Htun 2nd Vice President [6][7]
Myanmar Ko Ko Thein General Secretary [6][7]
Myanmar Than Zaw Treasurer [6]
Tin Myint Aung Technical Director
Germany Antoine Hey Team Coach (Men's) [6][7]
Myanmar Thet Thet Win Team Coach (Women's) [6][7]
Myanmar Zaw Minn Htike Media/Communications Manager [6]
Myanmar Ye Win Tun Local Competition Department Director [6]
Myanmar Hla Min Referee Department Director [6]

Sponsorships

Since 2013, 100PLUS has been the sponsor of MFF and Myanmar National League. 100PLUS' sponsorship is extended to 2020 to support major football events in the country, the various football teams within the national setup, football tournaments for youth development and the local professional competitions.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Donald M. Seekins (2006). Historical dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 416. ISBN 9780810854765.
  2. ^ a b c "History of MFF". Myanmar Football Federation. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Asian U-19/U-20 Championship". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
  4. ^ Han Oo Khin (9–15 March 2009). "New era for football". The Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Myanmar launches FIFA Football for Schools project". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j FIFA.com. "Member Association - Myanmar - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 1 November 2020.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d e f "The AFC.com – The Asian Football Confederation". The AFC. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  8. ^ "100PLUS Renews Hydration Partnership with MFF and MNL till 2020". Myanmar Business Today. Retrieved 6 February 2019.