Chairman – MFL
HRH Tunku Ismail Idris
Tunku Ismail Idris is the Tunku Mahkota of Johor (Crown Prince) to which he was appointed on January 2010 and due to both his family sides. His mother side being of the Perak Royal family and from his paternal side blood from the Johor Royal Family, which makes him direct successor to the Crown, and one of the most eligible Royals from the Muslim world.
As a sport enthusiast, the Price enjoys practicing polo, where he has gained many trophies, as well as football. This passion for football led him to become President of the Malaysian Football Super League in 2014, President of the FAM from 2017-2018, owner of Johor Southern Tigers FC and chairman of the Malaysia Football League (MFL) which is the new name for FMLLP.
The Johor Southern Tigers are also famous for having signed Argentinian former midfielder Pablo Aimar during the 2013-2014 season and for winning 7 football tournaments. In their webpage they describe their club management vision model – one of the center topics discussed in WFS 2016 – as the following: “The blueprint of the Johor football project is made of three main objectives. The first objective is to have a quality football team. Secondly is to be financially strong, and to be recognized as a football force throughout Asia and the world. The third objective is to unite the Johorean people, regardless of race or religion, and encouraging youths to live a healthy lifestyle.”
On the other hand, the Johor Football Association is structured upon the 5-team concept with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) representing the state of Johor for the Malaysia Super League (1st Division in Malaysia) and JDT II for Premier League.
Johor Darul Ta’zim is the first team, and JDT II is the second team designed to groom and form young Johorean players who will be representing the first team in the future. Other teams playing in the M-League include JDT III for the FAM League, JDT IV for the President Cup & JDT V for the Youth Cup.