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 Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, The Crown Prince of Johor, along with the input from legendary footballer Johan Cruyff.

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.

Regarding the footballing structure, the association is adopting the two teams concept which is Johor Darul Ta’zim representing the state of Johor for the Malaysia Super League and Johor for Premier League. Johor Darul Ta’zim is the first team, and Johor is the second team designed to groom young Johorean players who will be representing the first team in the future.

The players who are performing 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 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.

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