Myanmar National League

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Myanmar National League
Myanmar National League logo.png
Founded 4 March 2009
First season 2009
Country  Myanmar
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to MNL-2
Domestic cup(s) Charity Cup
League cup(s) General Aung San Shield
International cup(s) AFC Cup
AFC Champions League
Mekong Club Championship
Current champions Shan United
Most championships Yangon United
(4 titles each)
TV partners

For Sport (Live)
Channel-7 (Highlights)

MRTV (FTA) 11Sport (Online Media)
2018 season

The MPT 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.

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]



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 K200 million (approximately US$200,000). It was expected that the annual operating cost for each club would be about K500 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[edit]

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 as 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[edit]

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.


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

# Year Winners Runners-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

Wins by club[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Yangon United
2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 2014, 2016, 2017
2009, 2010, 2014, 2016 2015
Shan United
2017 2012
Ayeyawady United
2009, 2011
Nay Pyi Taw
Zeyar Shwe Myay


Name Change[edit]

Mahar United changed their name to Sagaing United to represent the Sagaing Division.


Club Home City Stadium Capacity
Ayeyawady United Pathein Ayar Stadium 6,000
Hantharwady United Bago Grand Royal Stadium 4,000
Magwe Magway Magway Stadium* 3,000
Myawady Nay Pyi Taw Wunna Theikdi Stadium 30,000
Rakhine United Sittwe Weithali Stadium 7,000
Sagaing United Monywa Monywa Stadium 5,000
Shan United Taunggyi Taunggyi Stadium 7,000
Southern Myanmar Mawlamyaing Ramanya Stadium 10,000
Yadanarbon Mandalay Mandalarthiri Stadium 30,000
Yangon United Yangon Yangon United Sports Complex 3,500
G.F.A Chin Thu Wanna Stadium *
Zwegapin United Hpa-An Aung Than Lwin Stadium * 3,000

(*) - not ready to play. MNL clubs that have not had their home stadia ready to host home matches currently use Aung San Stadium and Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.[8]


All-time top scorers[edit]

As of 6 January 2018
Myanmar League
Rank Player Period Goals Apps
1 Myanmar Soe Min Oo 2009– 109 136
2 Brazil Cezar Augusto 2012–2015, 2017 95 90
3 Myanmar Kyaw Ko Ko 2010– 40 110

Figures for active players (in bold).

Most appearances[edit]

As of 13 March 2017
Rank Player Position Apps Goals

Figures for active players (in bold) .

Player statistics[edit]


Prize money[edit]

  • Champion: 100,000,000 Kyats
  • Runner-up: 75,000,000 Kyats
  • Third Place: 50,000,000 Kyats

Top scorers[edit]

Year Nation Player Club Goal
2017 Liberia Keith Martu Nah Ayeyawady United 15
Nigeria Christopher Chizoba Shan United
2016 Myanmar Win Naing Soe Yadanarbon 16
Liberia Keith Martu Nah
Nigeria Christopher Chizoba Ayeyawady United
2015 Brazil César Augusto Yangon United 28
2014 Brazil César Augusto Yangon United 26
2013 Brazil César Augusto Yangon United 20
2012 Serbia Saša Ranković Zeya Shwe Myay 20
2011 Nigeria Charles Obi Yangon United 18
2010 Cameroon Jean-Roger Lappé-Lappé Hantharwady United 20
2009-10 Myanmar Soe Min Oo Shan United 12
2009 Myanmar Yan Paing Yadanarbon 8

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Coach Club
2017 MyanmarSoe Myat Min Shan United
2016 BelgiumRené Desaeyere Yadanarbon
2015 Serbia Saric Yangon United
2014 Myanmar U Khin Maung Tint Yadanarbon
2013 Australia Eric Williams Yangon United
2012 Bulgaria Ivan Venkov Kolev Yangon United
2011 Australia Eric Williams Yangon United
2010 France Yoan Yadanarbon
2009 France Yoan Yadanarbon

Player of the Year[edit]

Season Player Club
2017 MyanmarYan Naing Oo Shan United
2016 MyanmarAung Thu Yadanarbon
2015 MyanmarAung Thu Yadanarbon
2014 Myanmar Thiha Sithu Yadanarbon
2013 Brazil César Augusto Yangon United
2012 Myanmar Kyi Lin Yangon United
2011 Myanmar Kyaw Ko Ko Zayar Shwe Myay
2009 Myanmar Yan Paing Yadanarbon


Winning managers[edit]

Manager Club(s) Wins Winning years
France Yoan Yadanarbon 2 2009, 2010
Australia Eric Williams Yangon United 2011, 2013
Bulgaria Ivan Kolev Yangon United 1 2012
Serbia Saric /
Myanmar Tin Maung Tun
Yangon United 2015
Belgium René Desaeyere Yadanarbon 2016
Myanmar Soe Myat Min Shan United 2017

2018 MPT MNL managers list[edit]

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Myanmar Kyaw Lwin Ayeyawady United
Myanmar Thar Kyaw G.F.A
Myanmar Ngwe Tun Hantharwady United
Myanmar Aung Zaw Myo Magwe
Myanmar Zin Htoo Myawady
Myanmar Soe Thein Rakhine United
Myanmar Zaw Lin Tun Sagaing United
Myanmar Soe Myat Min Shan United
Myanmar Kyaw Min Southern Myanmar
Myanmar Aung Kyaw Moe Yadanarbon
Myanmar Myo Min Tun Yangon United
Myanmar Min Tun Lin Zwekapin United

Competition format and sponsorship[edit]


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[edit]

In the past the champions will play in AFC Champions League playoffs and AFC Cup for the champions of General Aung San Shield. Due to reforms from the AFC for the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup format, there will be no more a direct qualification spot for the AFC Champions League for that Myanmar Champion, for the time being.


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:

Period Sponsor Name
2009-2010 Grand Royal Grand Royal Myanmar National League
2010-2014 No sponsor Myanmar National League
2015–2016 Ooredoo Ooredoo Myanmar National League
2017 Max Cement Max Cement Myanmar National League
2018-2020 MPT MPT Myanmar National League

Match balls[edit]

The 2009–2020 season uses the Nike.

Youth League[edit]

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

Other tournaments[edit]

Domestic tournaments
International tournaments

Ranking Asian[edit]

AFC Club Ranking[edit]

As of 02 July 2017.[9]
Current Rank Points Team
90 11.712 Yangon United
95 9.878 Ayeyawady United
100 9.378 Yadanarbon
140 3.212 Magwe

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Han Oo Khin (March 9–15, 2009). "New era for football". The Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Han Oo Khin (March 30 – April 5, 2009). "MFF announces May domestic cup competition". The Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "MNL season opens in style". Myanmar Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "MNL expands ahead of 2011 season launch". Myanmar Times. January 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "၂၀၁၂ ပြိုင်ပွဲတွင် ချင်းကိုယ်စားပြု အသင်းတစ်သင်း ပါဝင် ယှဉ်ပြိုင်မည်". Soccer Myanmar. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "MNL TO INTRODUCE PROMOTION-RELEGATION SYSTEM BY 2014". ASEAN Football. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Min Lwin (2009-04-20). "Burmese Soccer League an Election Ploy?". The Irrawaddy. 
  8. ^ MNL, MFF (21 September 2016). "Eight seasons in for MNL, three teams drop out". Stdium. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "AFC Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". 

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