Football Association of Selangor or better known as FA Selangor (FAS) (now known as Selangor FC) is a professional football club representing the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Nicknamed as the Red Giants, Gergasi Merah or Merah Kuning (Red and Yellow), the association was established on 22nd February 1936 when two football entities; Selangor Association Football League (SAFL) and Selangor Football Association (SFA) merged to form a new club.
The FA’s crest is represented by a shield in Selangor’s traditional red and yellow color. The red color symbolizes bravery while the latter represents the sovereignty of the King. Both of these colors are also very peculiar in the state flag which follows the identity of Selangor. The logo is then completed by featuring the state’s blazon on the top of it.
As old as its history, the Selangor football team is laden with titles and trophies, winning numerous games and tournaments in Malaysia’s football scene. With that being said, many local football legends also came from this club and used to don the Red and Yellow kit, with the club’s crest on their chest.
Formidable icons and legendary national players such as Mokhtar Dahari, R. Arumugam, Santokh Singh, Rusdi Suparman, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Mohd Amri Yahyah, Abdul Ghani Minhat, Soh Chin Ann, and Arthur Koh to name a few, used to play for this great club.
Selangor is arguably the most successful football team in Malaysia as they have won Malaysia Cup 33 times, 7 times league titles, 5 FA Cups, and lifted the Community Shield for 8 times.
In 2005, for the first time in the Red Giants history, FA Selangor managed to win a treble under the guidance of Dollah Salleh after they won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Malaysia Cup in one calendar year.
Selangor is also the only team in Malaysia history to play in the final of the Asian Champion Club Tournament (now known as AFC Champions League) for its inaugural edition back in 1967- bringing Malaysia’s club name to the Asian level.
Since 1985, FA Selangor has partnered with many great business brands and entities as their main sponsor such as Dunhill, EON. Celcom Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS), Telekom Malaysia (TM), Menteri Besar Selangor Incorperated (MBI) and PKNS. At the same time, Selangor has been wearing numerous brands of kit such as Admiral, PUMA, Adidas, Lotto, Kappa, and the latest one, Joma.
Throughout the years, Selangor has called many notable places as their home like TCPA Stadium (1951-1957) and Stadium Merdeka (1957-1994), before moving to state-of-the-art Stadium Shah Alam in 1995. Since Stadium Shah Alam is currently undergoing renovation, Selangor moved to Stadium UiTM in 2020, then to Stadium MBPJ as their home venue for the 2021 season.
At the same time, the remerging of the FA Selangor was spearheaded by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, as well as the first president of the association.
In 2018, FAS reached a new milestone when Raja Muda Selangor, DYTM Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah took over the top management row of the club and started a new revolution in order to bring the club onto another level, restoring its glory and preparing the club towards sustainability.
A couple of years later, the team who was formerly known as the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) is being separated from the association as it is recognized as a professional football club, Selangor Football Club (SFC) using an almost identical same crest.
Both football association and football club now have their own vision and mission but synergized to uplift the football level in Selangor state as a whole.
The association will focus mostly on state-level league management, grass-root empowerment, and officials training, while the club will concentrate on competition and sustainability of the club on the professional level.