Myanmar National League

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Myanmar National League
Myanmar National League logo.png
Founded16 May 2009;15 years ago (16 May 2009)
First season2009
CountryMyanmar
Confederation AFC
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to MNL-2
Domestic cup(s) Charity Cup
League cup(s) Myanmar National League Cup
International cup(s) AFC Challenge League
ASEAN Club Championship
Current champions Shan United
(2023)
Most championships Yangon United
Shan United
(5 titles)
Most appearances David Htan (336)
Top goalscorer Cézar Augusto (118)
TV partners Sky Net
MRTV Sports
MRTV Genius Sports, Eleven Sports, MyCujoo
Website www.themnl.com
Current: 2024 season

The Myanmar National League (Burmese : မြန်မာ နေရှင်နယ် လိဂ်; abbreviated 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, the 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 the 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 Champions.

Contents

The league added three clubs for the 2010 season [3] and one more club joined for the 2011 season, bringing the total to twelve clubs. [4] Two more clubs representing the Chin and Shan States will participate in the MNL season starting in January 2012. [5]

Promotion and relegation will be added by the 2014 season as the MNL looks to expand once again. [6]

History

Origins

In the past, professional football competition in Myanmar has only existed in a limited form. All premier leagues up to this point have been made up of Yangon-based football clubs, most of which were affiliated with government Ministries. It was only after 1996, when the Premier League (Burmese : ပထမတန်း) was relaunched as the 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 was permitted to sign at most five foreign players and one foreign coach. The government granted each club tax exemptions for an initial three-year period, while each club owner must provide a minimum initial investment of Ks.200 million (approximately US$200,000). It was expected that the annual operating cost for each club would be about Ks.500 million (US$500,000). [1] The investment apparently covers costs such as salaries, transportation and equipment, but does not include the club stadiums, which are all nationalized. [7]

Myanmar Derby

Myanmar Derby or The Classic Match of Myanmar is the matchup between Yangon United and Yadanarbon. It is the matchup that presents Myanmar football in the modern era. The name was given to the encounter of two teams due to the hype and massive atmosphere around the match. The first encounter between them happened in the 2009 MNL Cup season. On 18 June 2009, Yadanarbon and Yangon United met at Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon. Before the match, Yadanarbon was the leader in the table after 3 matches of the season while Yangon followed in second with one less point. Yadanarbon made the lead by 2–1 in the first forty-five minutes but Yangon bounced back to draw by the 2–2 result at the end. The match was full of the exciting and dramatic moments. Then, it was considered one of the most classic matches in Myanmar League history. The Yangon United versus Yadanarbon matchup was dubbed as "Myanmar Derby" ever since then.

Yangon Utd dominance

The Yangon Utd Dominance refers to the 2011 to 2013 season, which Yangon United won Myanmar National League in three consecutive seasons as the first club in the league history.

The first invincibles and consecutive titles

In 2019 season, Shan United under U Aung Naing head coach Myanmar, had become the first club in the league history that completed the season with an unbeaten record. Shan United finished at the top of the final standing with 12 wins and 10 draws. They have earned a second invincible season, this time with U Han Win Aung. They have won 15 matches and drew three. Between these two seasons, they had secured the 2020 Myanmar National League as well.

Shan Utd dominance

The Shan Utd Dominance refers to the 2019, 2020 and 2022 season, which Shan United won Myanmar National League in three consecutive seasons as the second club in the league.

Champions

(For Burmese Champions before 2009, see Myanmar Premier League)

#YearWinnersRunners-up
1 2009 Yadanarbon Ayeyawady United
2 2010 Yadanarbon Zeyar Shwe Myay
3 2011 Yangon United Ayeyawady United
4 2012 Yangon United Kanbawza FC
5 2013 Yangon United Nay Pyi Taw
6 2014 Yadanarbon Yangon United
7 2015 Yangon United Yadanarbon
8 2016 Yadanarbon Yangon United
9 2017 Shan United Yangon United
10 2018 Yangon United Shan United
11 2019 Shan United Ayeyawady United
12 2020 Shan United [8] Hanthawaddy United
13 2021 Season cancelled
14 2022 Shan United Yangon United
15 2023 Shan United Yangon United

Wins by club

ClubChampionsRunners-upWinning SeasonsRunners-up Seasons
Yangon United
5
5
2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 2014, 2016, 2017, 2022,2023
Shan United
5
2
2017, 2019, 2020, 2022,2023 2012, 2018
Yadanarbon
4
1
2009, 2010, 2014, 2016 2015
Ayeyawady United
0
3
2009, 2011, 2019
Nay Pyi Taw
0
1
2013
Zeyar Shwe Myay
0
1
2010
Hantharwady United
0
1
2020

The Invincibles

Unbeaten champions:

Clubs

Name changes

Delta United changed their name to Ayeyawady United to represent the Ayeyawady Division. Okkthar United changed their name to Hantharwaddy United to represent the Bago Division. Mahar United changed their name to Sagaing United to represent the Sagaing Division.

Personnel and sponsoring

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamHead coachCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Ayeyawady United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Myo Hlaing Win Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Naing Win Flag of Thailand.svg Pro Sport
Dagon Star Flag of Myanmar.svg U Min Tun Lin Flag of Myanmar.svg Maung Maung Win Flag of Thailand.svg Pro Sport
G.F.A Flag of Myanmar.svg U KB Siang Cung Lian Flag of Myanmar.svg Shwe Win Tun Flag of Myanmar.svg SCM
Hanthawaddy United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Myo Min Tun Flag of Myanmar.svg Ko Ko Naing Flag of Myanmar.svg SCM Flag of Myanmar.svg Grand Royal
I.S.P.E Flag of Myanmar.svg U Chit Naing Flag of Myanmar.svg Aye Chan Thar Flag of Thailand.svg FBT
Kachin United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Kyaw Thu Aung Myint Tun Flag of Myanmar.svg Mung Htoi Aung Flag of Myanmar.svg Ayeyawady Sports
Mahar United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Zaw Linn Tun Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Swar Min Flag of Myanmar.svg M21
Myawady Flag of Myanmar.svg U Maung Maung Aye Flag of Myanmar.svg Wai Yan Oo Flag of Myanmar.svg M21
Rakhine United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Kyaw Lwin Flag of Myanmar.svg Zaw Zaw Naing Flag of Thailand.svg Warrix Sports Flag of Myanmar.svg Rakhapura
Shan United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Han Win Aung Flag of Myanmar.svg Hein Thiha Zaw Flag of Myanmar.svg Pro Sport Flag of Myanmar.svg KBZ Pay
Yadanarbon Flag of Myanmar.svg U Aung Kyaw Moe Flag of Myanmar.svg Hein Nay San Flag of Myanmar.svg M21 Flag of Myanmar.svg Alpine
Yangon United Flag of Myanmar.svg U Kyaw Dun Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Naing Oo Flag of Myanmar.svg M21 Flag of Myanmar.svg FNI

Records

All-time top scorers

As of 31 May 2024
Myanmar League
RankPlayerPeriodGoalsApps
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Cezar Augusto 2012–2015, 2017118111
2 Flag of Myanmar.svg Soe Min Oo 2009–2019109267
3 Flag of Liberia.svg Keith Nah 2014, 2015–2016, 2019–202193127
4 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Ko Ko 2010–201991182
5 Flag of Guinea.svg Sylla Sekou 2014–2019, 202385140
6 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Soe 2015–202177142
7 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Donald Bissa 2016, 2017, 2019–20206474
8 Flag of Nigeria.svg Charles Obi 2010–20135863
9 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Kyaw Htwe 2013–51127
10 Flag of Nigeria.svg Christopher Chizoba 2016–20184272
11 Flag of Myanmar.svg Maung Maung Lwin 2014–202141143
12 Flag of Serbia.svg Saša Ranković 2012–2013,20144070
13 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Kyaw Naing 2013–2017,2018–202136103
14 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thet Naing 2009–35220
15 Flag of Nigeria.svg Emmanuel Uzochukwu 2017–20213561
16 Flag of Brazil.svg Emerson 2014–2015, 2017, 2020–20213478
17 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Thu 2013–202034131
18 Flag of North Macedonia.svg Riste Naumov 2013, 20153344
19 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Zayar Win 2010–2013, 2014–201632146
20 Flag of Myanmar.svg Dway Ko Ko Chit 2014–30102
21 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Tun 2017–20232743
22 Flag of Nigeria.svg Francis Emeka 2019–2015, 20172522
23 Flag of Colombia.svg Edison Fonseca 2014–20162532

Figures for active players (in bold).

All-time appearances

As of 31 May 2024
RankPlayerPositionAppsGoals
1 Flag of Myanmar.svg David Htan 2009–33611
2 Flag of Myanmar.svg Zaw Min Tun 2009–20182718
3 Flag of Myanmar.svg Soe Min Oo 2009–2018267109
4 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thiha Sithu 2009–20202540
5 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Zaw 2009–20212520
6 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Aung Kyaw 2009–20202463
7 Flag of Myanmar.svg Nanda Kyaw 2013–23122
8 Flag of Myanmar.svg Lar Din Maw Yar 2011–2213
9 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thet Naing 2009–22035
10 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Min Htut 2009–20202102
11 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thein Than Win 2009–2088
12 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyi Lin 2009–201918919
13 Flag of Myanmar.svg Khin Maung Lwin 2007–20171875
14 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Ko Ko 2010–201918291
15 Flag of Myanmar.svg Sithu Aung 2012–202317622
16 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Kekere Moukailou 2016–202316411

Figures for active players (in bold) .

Player statistics

All-time multiple hat-tricks

RankCountryPlayerHat-tricks
1 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Soe 8
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Cezar Augusto 6
3 Flag of Cameroon.svg Patrick Edubat3
4 Flag of Ghana.svg Patrick Asare2
Flag of Cameroon.svg Donald Bissa
Flag of Nigeria.svg Christopher Chiboza
Flag of Colombia.svg Edison Fonseca
Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Ko Ko
Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Kyaw Htwe
Flag of Uganda.svg Joseph Mpande
Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Myat Thu
Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Tun
Flag of Nigeria.svg Emmanuel Ozochukwu
Flag of Guinea.svg Sekou Sylla
Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Thu
17Several players1

All-time clean sheets

RankCountryPlayerClean sheets
1 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Zin Phyo 43
2 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thiha Sithu 38
3 Flag of Myanmar.svg San Set Naing 30
4 Flag of Myanmar.svg Van Lal Hruaia 28
5 Flag of Myanmar.svg Ko Ko Naing 26
6 Flag of Myanmar.svg Pyae Phyo Aung 25

All-time Assists

RankCountryPlayerAssists
1 Flag of Myanmar.svg David Htan +23
2 Flag of Myanmar.svg Nanda Kyaw +19
3 Flag of Myanmar.svg Myat Kaung Khant +18
4 Flag of Myanmar.svg Zaw Win Thein +16

Prize money

Awards

Top scorers

YearNationPlayerClubGoal
2023 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Bello Shan United 13
2022 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Kyaw Htwe Ayeyawady United 14
2020 Flag of Nigeria.svg Raphael Success [9] Ayeyawady United 16
2019 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Soe Yadanarbon 18
2018 Flag of Uganda.svg Joseph Mpande Hanthawaddy United 18
2017 Flag of Liberia.svg Keith Martu Nah Ayeyawady United 15
Flag of Nigeria.svg Christopher Chizoba Shan United
2016 Flag of Myanmar.svg Win Naing Soe Yadanarbon 16
Flag of Liberia.svg Keith Martu Nah
Flag of Nigeria.svg Christopher Chizoba Ayeyawady United
2015 Flag of Brazil.svg César Augusto Yangon United 28
2014 Flag of Brazil.svg César Augusto Yangon United 26
2013 Flag of Brazil.svg César Augusto Yangon United 20
2012 Flag of Serbia.svg Saša Ranković Zeya Shwe Myay 20
2011 Flag of Nigeria.svg Charles Obi Yangon United 18
2010 Flag of Cameroon.svg Jean-Roger Lappé-Lappé Hantharwady United 20
2009-10 Flag of Myanmar.svg Soe Min Oo Shan United 12
2009 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Paing Yadanarbon 8

Coach of the Year

SeasonCoachClub
2023 Flag of Myanmar.svg Han Win Aung Shan United
2022 Flag of Myanmar.svg U Maung Maung Aye Myawady
2020 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Naing Shan United
2019 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Naing Shan United
2018 Flag of Myanmar.svg Myo Min Tun Yangon United
2017 Flag of Myanmar.svg Soe Myat Min Shan United
2016 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg René Desaeyere Yadanarbon
2015 Flag of Serbia.svg Saric Yangon United
2014 Flag of Myanmar.svg U Khin Maung Tint Yadanarbon
2013 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eric Williams Yangon United
2012 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Venkov Kolev Yangon United
2011 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eric Williams Yangon United
2010 Flag of France.svg Yoan Girard Yadanarbon
2009 Flag of France.svg Yoan Girard Yadanarbon

Player of the Year

SeasonPlayerClub
2023 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thet Naing Mahar United
2022 Flag of Myanmar.svg Nanda kyaw Shan United
2020 Flag of Myanmar.svg David Htan Shan United
2019 Flag of Myanmar.svg David Htan Shan United
2018 Flag of Myanmar.svg Maung Maung Lwin Yangon United
2017 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Thu Yadanarbon
2016 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Thu Yadanarbon
2015 Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Thu Yadanarbon
2014 Flag of Myanmar.svg Thiha Sithu Yadanarbon
2013 Flag of Brazil.svg César Augusto Yangon United
2012 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyi Lin Yangon United
2011 Flag of Myanmar.svg Kyaw Ko Ko Zayar Shwe Myay
2010 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Assalé Molo Hilaire Yadanarbon
2009 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yan Paing Yadanarbon

Titles won

NoPlayerClubTimes
1 David Htan Yangon United, Shan United 8
2 Yan Aung Kyaw Yangon United 5
Kyi Lin Yangon United
Pyae Phyo Aung Yangon United
Sithu Aung Yangon United, Yadanarbon, Shan United
5 Khin Maung Lwin Yangon United 4
7 Thiha Sithu Yadanarbon, Shan United 3
Yan Aung Win Yangon United, Yadanarbon
Myo Min Tun Yangon United

Managers

Winning managers

ManagerClub(s)WinsWinning years
Flag of France.svg Yoan Yadanarbon 2 2009, 2010
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eric Williams Yangon United 2011, 2013
Flag of Myanmar.svg Aung Naing Shan United 2019, 2020,
Flag of Myanmar.svg Han Win Aung Shan United 2022, 2023
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ivan Kolev Yangon United 1 2012
Flag of Serbia.svg Sarić /
Flag of Myanmar.svg Tin Maung Tun
Yangon United 2015
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg René Desaeyere Yadanarbon 2016
Flag of Myanmar.svg Soe Myat Min Shan United 2017
Flag of Myanmar.svg Myo Min Tun Yangon United 2018

Competition format and sponsorship

Competition

There are 12 clubs in the Myanmar League. During the course of a season, which lasts from January to October, each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 22 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then head-to-head, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the head-to-head, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner. If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank. The two lowest placed teams are relegated into the MNL-2 and the top two teams from the MNL-2 are promoted in their place.

Qualification for Asian competitions

In the past the champions will play in AFC Champions League playoffs and AFC Cup for the champions of General Aung San Shield.

Sponsorship

The Myanmar League has been sponsored since 2009 until 2010 and has been sponsored again since 2015. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:

PeriodSponsorName
2009–2010 Grand Royal Grand Royal Myanmar National League
2010–2014No sponsorMyanmar National League
2015–2016 Ooredoo Ooredoo Myanmar National League
2017 Max Cement Max Cement Myanmar National League
2018–2022 MPT MPT Myanmar National League
2023–2024No sponsorMyanmar National League Youtube Channel
2024–2025--

Since 2013, 100PLUS has been the sponsor of Myanmar Football Federation and MNL. The 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. [10]

Match balls

Youth League

Like the reserve league, the youth league is open to all the youth teams of all professional clubs in Myanmar.

Other tournaments

Domestic tournaments
International tournaments

AFC club ranking

As of 15. 3. 2023. [11]
Current RankPointsTeam
70/14515.581 Yangon United
96/1458.914 Shan United
124/1455.247 Yadanarbon

Broadcasters

TV broadcasters: Sky Net, Channel 9 Myanmar, MNTV Myanmar, Sky Net Sports channels numbered 1 to 6.

Online streaming: MNL YouTube Channel, MNL-2 YouTube Channel, Genius Sports, Eleven Sports, MyCujoo, AI Soccer, Be Soccer, Sky Net DTH YouTube Channel

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