JOHOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
HISTORY & BACKGROUND
Persatuan Bolasepak Negeri Johor, (Johor Football Association) also simply known as PBNJ, is the governing body of football in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. PBNJ is responsible for coordinating and developing football in the state of Johor and has teamed up with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) as the official governing body of football in Malaysia.
Formed in December 29, 1955, it was initially based in Kluang, Johor. In its early years of establishment, PBNJ was registered under the Societies Act 1966 and subsequently re-registered under the Commissioner of Sports Development Act 1997. Central to the creation of Stadium Tan Sri Haji Hassan Yunos, the association has also been entrusted to organize the first round and quarter-final World Youth Cup competition in 1997 and the Asian Zone World Cup qualifier between Iran and Japan in the same year. The stadium is based at Larkin.
PBNJ starts its football development by forming its first professional football team, Johor FA. Under this period, Johor FA has made several achievements including Malaysia Cup champion in 1985 and 1991, the Razak Cup champions in 1983 and won the first FA Cup in 1998. In 1972, the association build its first professional club team, PKENJ FC, now known as Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C. The club also made several achievements with two consecutive FAM Cup in 1994 and 1995 and winning its first Malaysia Premier League title in 2001. The club now plays in top division side, the Malaysia Super League.
JOHOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Johor Football Association has developed a new structure of managing a football association that goes beyond having a strong team competing for honours, but also being more involved in educating youths in Johor on living a healthy lifestyle. It is designed with the vision of HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, The Crown Prince of Johor, along with the input from legendary footballer Johan Cruyff.
THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES
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.
JOHOR FOOTBALL STRUCTURE
Regarding the footballing structure, the association is adopting the five-team concept, with Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) representing the state of Johor for the Malaysia Super League (the first division league 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 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.
The players who are perform well and show potential in the second team will be promoted to play for Johor Darul Ta’zim, at the discretion of the manager/head coach. This structure that the Johor FA is adopting has already been successfully implemented by top football teams such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan. By implementing this system, we are opening doors for Johorean youths to a career in football, and the chance for them to represent their state. It is also advantageous financial-wise, since it would be unnecessary for the association to pay large transfer fees during the transfer windows. In turn, it will place the association in a more solid financial position and also having more Johoreans representing the state team.