Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) may cancel this year's FAM Cup competition if there were not enough teams to participate.
"We need at least eight teams but so far only four have fulfil FAM's conditions to participate in this tournament," said FAM Vice President, Datuk Che Mat Jusoh, who is also chairman of its local competitions committee.
Eight other teams had indicated their interest to join but had yet meet the conditions, including paying a RM30,000 deposit. The deadline for entries is Feb 8.
Meanwhile, the possibility of failing to have enough teams for FAM Cup is not a problem, as far as FAM is concerned and they are planning to send the national under-23 squad to train at Everton Football Academy.
FAM secretary-general Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, who accompanied Youth and Sports Minister, Ahmad Shabery in his visit to Everton Youth Academy, said discussion were held with Everton FC on the possibility of getting their assistance in the national football development programme.
"We have also made a request for our under-23 squad to train with the club," said Azzuddin when met at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya.
On the Everton Youth Academy, he said it had a successful football development programme, starting at the tender age of eight.
"It has produced many top-notched players like Manchester United's Wayne Rooney," added Azzuddin.