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Wed, 13 Nov 2013
Youth development is a key priority for the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and we have, over the years, been committed to enhancing the players’ pathway, under which a young player will be groomed and developed systematically through the Junior Centre of Excellence (JCOE), Centre of Excellence (COE) and National Football Academy (NFA) systems before progressing to the Prime League, Courts Young Lions, S.League, LionsXII and the National Team.

Tue, 29 Oct 2013
The safety of fans, players, and officials is of paramount importance to us, and we take a serious stand against any forbidden object that may put any individual at risk. We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that a safe environment is provided for all to enjoy football.

Sat, 19 Oct 2013
FAS will undertake a rigorous recruitment process aimed at selecting the best available person who will fulfil both the Association’s and team’s objectives for 2014 and beyond. The job advertisement for the post was published last Saturday and we invite all interested and qualified applicants to submit their application. An announcement on the appointment will be made in due course.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013
Singapore Football contributes S$200 million to our economy annually. This amount is derived from various income streams including but not limited to sponsorship, clubhouse, operations, fundraising activities, gaming income, gate receipts and advertising revenue. The Singapore football industry also contributes to various employment opportunities. Apart from football-specific jobs such as professional players, coaches, referees, fitness instructors and physiotherapists, the industry contributes to employment in other capacities including marketing, management, accounting, administration, sales, communications, F&B and media.

Tue, 01 Oct 2013
“We have always maintained that we would like to renew Coach V. Sundramoorthy’s contract which would expire in late December 2013, and we had earlier offered him a competitive and attractive package aimed at renewing his contract. Coach Sundram had earlier informed us that he will let us know of his decision by the end of September. However, he has since requested for another week to consider the offer. Coach Sundram is one the key members of our technical team which has been tasked to prepare the Under-23 team for the year-end SEA Games competition since January this year. As National Teams Head Coach, Bernd Stange has also been working closely with the SEA Games 2013 technical team, including Sundram, since his appointment in mid-May.

Wed, 25 Sep 2013
Singapore has experience in hosting major sporting events including the inaugural editions of Asian Youth Games in 2009 and Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and we believe that will give us confidence that we could and should aspire to host a FIFA Youth World Cup. We have been in communication with FIFA where we have expressed our desire to host the Youth World Cup in 2019. We had also invited a FIFA official in December last year who advised us on the requirements needed to host a Youth World Cup. We will work closely with our partners to submit our bid. Further, with the proposed completion of the Sports Hub in 2014, we will have a few options to consider when selecting football venues. More details will be announced at an appropriate time.

Wed, 18 Sep 2013
Match fixing of any form has no place in society. Like the authorities, FAS takes a serious view of any corrupt practices in Singapore and we will always support, and work with, the relevant agencies to combat match-fixing which is today a global problem.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013
The S.League’s competition rules stipulate that the Top Scorer Award will be awarded to the player who scored the most number of goals over a total of 27 matches in the 2013 season. As for the Player of the Year Award, it will be awarded based on the player’s consistent performance throughout the season and is not affected by the change in the format of the fixtures.

Sat, 07 Sep 2013
In line with our FAS Strategic Plan, FAS is always looking at ways to further raise the capabilities and capacities of our players and coaches – and this includes attachment stints and mentorship programmes. The appointment of technical advisers for our NFA teams is to aid the development of our staff coaches through mentorship by experienced personnel. This is an important step not just for overseas competitions but also for the development of the respective teams in the domestic competitions, which includes both on field and off-the-pitch preparations. An example of our mentorship programme aimed at benefiting our youth teams and coaches is the recent AFF Under-15 and AYG competitions for which the Technical Advisers were officially appointed during the preparatory phase which took place a few weeks before the commencement of the respective tournament. Our mentorship programme is part of our on-going efforts which aim to provide opportunities for our local coaches to expand their capabilities and capacities by learning from experienced coaches. Our NFA coaches have consistently provided positive feedback on the effect of these appointments. Coach development is a long and continuous process and like any forward-looking organisation, we have in place a rigorous evaluation process including an annual performance appraisal system, among others, aimed at regularly reviewing the performances of our coaches and determining their suitability for the post and ability to fulfil the job requirements. Our review process will also enable both the organisation and the coaches in identifying the areas for improvement which will in turn facilitate their development.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013
Coach Stephen Ng was seconded to FAS earlier this year, following the withdrawal of Gombak United FC from the 2013 S.League and Prime League competitions. His contract began in March this year and would expire on 31 December 2013. Since he joined us earlier this year, he was tasked, among others, to support the NFA Under-14 team as they prepare for the Asian Youth Games which recently concluded. Stephen informed us earlier this week that he had received a good overseas opportunity, and that he would be keen to take up the challenge. We accepted his request taking into consideration that the team is not participating in any other international tournaments this year. While it is not our policy to comment on contractual details, it suffices to say that any resigning employee has to fulfill the terms stipulated in the letter of employment. Coach development is a key priority for us and we are pleased to note that Stephen has been appointed to a challenging post and we wish him the best in his new post. We are encouraged by the progress of our coaches in recent years and are heartened that more coaches have been offered overseas coaching opportunities. Going forward, we will continue to groom and develop our coaches which will further raise the level of footballing standards in Singapore.

Fri, 30 Aug 2013
The Football Association of Singapore and LionsXII head coach V Sundramoorthy are in discussion on the renewal of his contract. While it is not our policy to reveal any details of the individual remuneration packages of our employees, it suffices to say we had earlier offered coach Sundram a competitive and attractive package, and that we would like to retain his services for the SEA Games 2013 and beyond. Coach Sundram has informed FAS that he will revert next week.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013
The Football Association of Singapore welcomes Australia into the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) family. We believe that the inclusion of the Football Federation Australia will help raise the standards of football in the ASEAN region both on and off the field, and we look forward to working closely with Football Federation Australia in the years to come. FAS understands that the Football Federation Australia will undertake a phased approach towards their involvement in AFF tournaments, beginning with their participation in AFF youth tournaments.

Wed, 07 Aug 2013
I refer to the article "Nazri leaves training abruptly" (TNP, August 4) and would like to take this opportunity to clarify several points carried in the article. I welcome and appreciate the decision by the Technical Department to appoint Mike Wong as a technical adviser on a part-time basis. I have known Mike for a long time, and his experience and expertise in coaching will benefit both my team and I as we prepare for the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) age-group competitions.

Sun, 04 Aug 2013
In line with the FAS Strategic Plan, we are always looking at ways to further raise the standards of our teams and coaches - whether through attachment stints or mentorship programmes. As part of our preparations for the upcoming AFF and AFC age-group competitions, FAS has engaged Mike Wong, who is a qualified Coaching Instructor, as a Technical Adviser on a short-term contract to support NFA Under-15 head coach Nazri Nasir.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013
The development of strong national teams remains one of FAS’ key objectives. Our coaches, including our national head coach Bernd Stange, who was appointed in May this year, are well aware of the association’s goals. Preparation for the national teams for upcoming tournaments has been in place since national coach Bernd Stange’s appointment and it takes into account any probable overlap that our coaches might face. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has always been clear in our objectives which includes developing football at all levels and we view the teams’ participation in the various selected tournaments as a necessary step towards this goal. Both head coaches of the senior national team and the U23 team are in agreement with this common goal.

Fri, 12 Jul 2013
“The upcoming game against Indonesia is a crucial game that will determine our qualification for the SEA Games in Myanmar at the end of this year. There are several other gifted and skilled players beyond this current squad, including the talented Adam Swandi who is part of our provisional list of 39 players for the SEA Games. All players eligible for the 2013 SEA Games will be considered for friendly matches in the lead-up to the competition in December, before we decide on the final squad..."

Fri, 12 Jul 2013
One of our goals in the FAS Strategic Plan is to prepare our National U-23 team to win the 2015 SEA Games gold medal. We are taking a phased approach in preparing for the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games. Our focus at present is to prepare and send a strong and competitive team to the 2013 SEA Games, and preparations for this squad began a few years ago. Out of 39 players in our provisional 2013 SEA Games squad, there are 20 players eligible for the 2015 edition of the SEA Games. In addition, we are also pleased by the emergence of several promising young talents in our National Football Academy Under-16 and Under-15 teams – as highlighted by several leading coaches whose teams had participated in recent editions of the Canon Lion City Cup. This will further expand our pool of players who will be considered for the 2015 edition of the SEA Games.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013
“It was agreed between both Football Associations before the signing of the four-year Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 that we will review the partnership agreement in 2015. "It would not be appropriate for us to comment on a hypothetical situation although it suffices to say that we are pleased with the partnership agreement. At the same time, we are happy to note that the Football Association of Malaysia has commended the LionsXII for bringing added value to, and increasing the popularity of, their league. FAM’s Assistant Secretary-General Ahmad Fuad Daud was also quoted as saying that the LionsXII’s achievements ‘will definitely fire up and spur the other teams’ and that this ‘can only be good’ for their tournaments.

Mon, 10 Jun 2013
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is pleased to announce that our national Under-14 team have been selected by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) to participate in the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Nanjing, China this year. Youth development is one of the key pillars of our Strategic Plan, and it is always an honour and great privilege for our young players to represent Singapore in international competitions, including the AYG. We would like to thank SNOC for their support, as we believe that the AYG will enable our Under-14 team players to further develop their capabilities and capacities while competing against the top youth teams in Asia.

Sun, 02 Jun 2013
"We are delighted that our Vice-President, Lim Kia Tong has been elected as Deputy Chairmen of FIFA Disciplinary Committee. Mr Lim, like other committed volunteers and dedicated staff,are one of the key reasons why Singapore is well-respected for our management capability and capacity in the international football arena..."

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