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Mon, 07 Apr 2014
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) recognises that it is an honour and a great privilege for our young players to represent our country in international competitions, including the Asian Games where football is an Under-23 tournament with a maximum of three over-aged players allowed. As it is part of our youth development plans to expose more young players to top class competitions, we are keen to participate in the Asian Games 2014. As such, we will be submitting an official appeal by this week. We hope that the Singapore National Olympic Council will approve our appeal to participate in this competition, which will enable our top young players to compete against the top youth teams in Asia. In addition to the appeal, we are working closely with all stakeholders to organise matches against top international opponents, whom we have identified, for our team. We will make an announcement at an appropriate time.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014
As per our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Referee’s Department carries out regular review processes to assess our referees’ performances based on the feedback provided by the referee assessors. The referee assessors comprise retired former FIFA referees & assistant referees who are present at matches to evaluate the referees’ performances. Areas highlighted by the referee assessors will be reviewed by the FAS Referees' Department. Following the review, the Referees' Department may highlight some of these issues to the Referees’ Committee, headed by Chairman Mr Lim Tong Hai. As part of the FAS Strategic Plan, FAS is always looking at various ways to enhance the capabilities of our referees such as sending them for overseas attachments and seminars. For example, three referees and one referee instructor went to Nyon, Switzerland last year attending the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) Programme, and had the chance to officiate in games over there. As a forward-looking organisation, we are also always looking to recruit and train young referees. Currently, there are 32 referees officiating in the S.League, out of which 15 are FIFA referees and assistant referees, and 17 are Class One referees. Of the 17 Class One referees, only two of them are over 45 years old.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014
The Under-23 International Friendly match between Singapore and Indonesia was organised as part of our ongoing preparations for the 2015 SEA Games. More competitions and matches, such as last night’s match, are being lined up for these players, and details will be announced at a later date. "The friendly match last night was a good opportunity for many of our young players, who are eligible for the SEA Games, to be tested in a high intensity match against a top regional opponent. We also wish to share that the match was originally scheduled for 1st April to avoid clashing with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup match between Home United FC and Churchill Brothers. The match was rearranged to be held on 2nd April due to a request by the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI). The Football Association of Singapore has a progressive approach to the competitions we enter our teams in, and we view all competitions we are participating in very seriously. We wish to again highlight that last night’s match was part of our ongoing SEA Games preparations.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014
"The Football Association of Singapore has, in recent years, invited several international football officials from FIFA, UEFA and leading member associations including French Football Federation and Austrian Football Association, to Singapore. In addition to seeking their views and assessments of our existing footballing programmes, we are always looking to tap on their respective areas of expertise and learn from, and adopt, the best practices in modern football.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014
“The health and well-being of our stakeholders, including our fans, players and officials, are of paramount importance to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the S.League management. We have implemented Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which was reviewed last year, with regards to bad weather conditions including haze. As a guiding principle for S.League matches, should the PSI levels surpass 150, a decision will be made by the match officials on whether or not to continue the S.League match. The same principle applies to training sessions for S.League teams, who have been advised to halt training when PSI goes past 150. Should the haze reach ‘hazardous’ levels, matches will be postponed and rescheduled till a later date.”

Thu, 13 Mar 2014
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) places a lot of emphasis on youth development, which is a key component of the FAS Strategic Plan. As part of our developmental pathway, our youth players and teams would compete against older and stronger opponents in local competitions with the key objective of facilitating their development. This, coupled with a series of youth development-related initiatives and programmes, has resulted in the positive development and progress of our boys and teams across all age-groups, from the NFA Under-13 to the Courts Young Lions, over the years.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014
“The FAS is pleased to note that a new funding programme will be established to support National Sports Associations which embark on game-changing initiatives. This reflects the Government’s continuous commitment to further enhancing the Singapore sports scene, and will also further encourage and facilitate an innovative culture within the NSAs which will ultimately benefit the respective associations and sports in general. “In view of the ever-evolving environment, FAS will continue to work on new initiatives and work towards generating added value for both football and the sports industry. ”

Fri, 07 Mar 2014
“In following with Standard Operating Procedures, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) sent an email to Kelantan FA early last week on match arrangements, which include asking them whether they require supporting documents for the visa applications of their foreign players. Despite late submissions of documents from Kelantan FA, we sent out the supporting letters on the very next day after receiving the documents. “This afternoon, as soon as we were informed by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Kelantan FA that they have encountered some issues with the visa applications for two of their foreign players, we began working closely with all relevant authorities to resolve the matter, and we have since secured the visa approvals for these players and are now working on getting the visas to the players so as to facilitate their availability for tomorrow’s match. “We have kept both the Kelantan FA and the Football Association of Malaysia updated on the situation.”

Sat, 01 Mar 2014
“I see Safuwan possessing a lot of top qualities, namely stamina, speed, football intelligence, finishing skills and brilliant heading ability; qualities that are needed for a higher level of football. With hard work, he can become a great defensive midfielder, as by sitting in front of the defence, he can utilise all of his qualities. It might be difficult for Safuwan to play as a central defender in Europe at the moment, as centre-back is a position that requires strength and bulk; he is currently a bit too light to handle strong European strikers. Other than bulking up, he will also need to adapt to the higher speed of passing to become even better.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014
“The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) expects all our players to maintain a high level of professionalism and discipline whenever they are representing the team. In the case of Firman Hanif, he was issued a warning letter for misconduct in July 2013, following which he was given another chance to continue with the Courts Young Lions for the 2014 season. However, following repeated disciplinary issues that occurred earlier this year, the Courts Young Lions’ management and Firman came to a mutual agreement to terminate his one-year contract with the team, effective today 24th February 2014.”

Wed, 12 Feb 2014
The FAS has confirmed that National Team Manager Azrulnizam Shah has tendered his resignation and is currently serving his notice. The recruitment process to seek his replacement has commenced and an announcement will be made in due course. FAS thanks Azrul for his contributions and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. “It was a tough decision but after much consideration, I have decided to move on and pursue other opportunities. I have gained vast knowledge in areas such as Football Science and Medicine, the involvement with the National Team set-up as well as various projects including the SEA Games. I would like to thank the FAS management for giving me a multitude of opportunities during my time with the organization.” said Azrul.

Wed, 12 Feb 2014
The “sun burnt effect” that the writer cites in his email is due to the infills used for the new Jalan Besar Stadium pitch, ie. coconut husk, as compared to the old pitch which used recycled tyres. The writer could have been given the impression of a “sun-burnt effect” due to the appearance of a patch of floating coconut husk residue forming at certain areas accumulated, either after pitch watering or rain. Where performance is concerned, the residue does not cause any deterioration to the pitch. Over time, the effect of the coconut husk residue will wear off with regular maintenance, and will not affect the aesthetics of the new turf. With the new infills, the new turf will also have a cooler surface temperature, which was one of the criteria used in selecting the new pitch.

Sun, 09 Feb 2014
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved volunteer, Mr Franklin Miranda who has contributed immensely to Singapore football since the 1970s. In his more than 30 years of service to our local game, he has performed with distinction and dedication various key duties such as Match Commissioner, Match Inspector, Match-day General Coordinator, Match-day Security in-charge, Liaison Officer and Islandwide League Organizer across many different competitions including the S.League, Malaysian Super League, AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, international matches such as World Cup and Asian Cup Qualifiers, among many others. Volunteers play a very important role in various aspects of local football and Mr Franklin Miranda is an exemplary role model for volunteers. His passing leaves behind a hugh void in the Singapore footballing fraternity and he will be deeply missed; our thoughts and condolences are with his family in this difficult time."

Fri, 07 Feb 2014
“Like any forward looking organisation, FAS is constantly on the lookout for good talent to join us, whether as staff coach, backroom staff or management and administrative officials, who can contribute to the ongoing implementation of our Strategic Plan and add value to the various aspects of local football. FAS has offered John Burridge a goalkeeper coaching position to complement the duties and responsibilities of Bee Seng.

Sun, 26 Jan 2014
“Following Jordan’s successful qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup intercontinental playoff matches which were played in November 2013, the Singapore vs Jordan AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying match on November 19, 2013 was rescheduled to February 4, 2014 – a date which was set earlier by the AFC Competitions Committee if the member associations were unable to agree on a new date. AFC regulations state that the rescheduled match should be played before Match Day 6 of the AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifiers on March 5, 2014. In view of the limited window period, we requested and then appealed to Jordan FA to reschedule the match to a later date in February. Our request and appeal were both rejected. As the FAM FA Cup match between Singapore and Pahang was also scheduled to be played on February 4, we sought a change in the date once we received the fixtures’ list. In view of the tight schedule and ongoing MSL matches, the FA Cup match between Singapore and Pahang has been rescheduled to be played on February 1, 2014. Our coaches are always in discussions to optimise their teams’ preparations for upcoming matches and competitions, including the upcoming FA Cup and AFC Asian Cup matches. We will manage the squads due to play both matches judiciously and as always, we will field the best available team after taking into account our objectives. In accordance with the usual procedures, we have also written to the clubs to seek the release of the players whom we would like to call up for international duty on February 4. Going forward, we will continue to work with our partners, including clubs and member associations, to address and tackle key challenges, including fixture congestion.”

Fri, 24 Jan 2014
As soon as Football Association of Singapore (FAS) was informed that only 100 tickets were allocated to our fans for the upcoming match against Johor Darul Takzim on 28 January, we appealed to FAM and were informed that the ticket allocation for away fans is at the discretion of the respective home teams. We then followed up with an official request was put forth to Johor FA for more tickets. When our request was turned down, we followed up with an appeal to the management of Johor FA but we are disappointed to learn that our appeal was also rejected.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014
We greatly appreciate the support of our fans who turn up on match days and we are always working with our partners to enhance the match-day experience for our fans. At the same time, the safety of our fans is of paramount importance to us. As part of our safety and security measures, security personnel will conduct checks at the entrances of the stadium. The list of prohibited items include, but are not limited to, flag poles, whistles, sharp objects, chemicals, air horns, helmets, smoking, bottles, flares, glasses, musical instruments, pets, naked fires, laser pointers and masks. We appreciate efforts by our fans to further enhance the match-day atmosphere through various initiatives, including dressing up as mascots. However, we seek their understanding and assistance to register with FAS before the match so that we can consider the requests. Ultimately, our objective is to enhance the match-day experience for our fans and players, while also ensuring the safety of everyone at the stadium.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014
Under the FIFA Goal Programme, which allows each member association of FIFA to receive funding for football development projects, Jalan Besar Stadium recently underwent re-turfing works to upgrade the pitch to a FIFA 2-star pitch. This new state-of-the-art turf has a cooler surface temperature as compared to the previous pitch. FAS is pleased to upgrade the pitch under the FIFA Goal Programme, as football facilities are an important part of the FAS Strategic Plan, where we will always strive to ensure that our facilities, such as stadiums and training facilities, are of high quality.

Sat, 11 Jan 2014
Like any forward looking organisation, FAS is constantly on the lookout for good talent to join us, whether as staff coach, backroom staff or management and administrative officials, who can contribute to the ongoing implementation of our Strategic Plan and add value to the various aspects of local football. We will make an announcement once the details are finalised.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014
As part of the phased preparations for the upcoming S.League season and SEA Games 2015, the Courts Young Lions team – which will likely comprise the bulk of next year’s SEA Games squad – will embark on a training camp to Turkey. Given his wealth of experience, Lions’ and Warriors FC’s custodian Hassan Sunny has been included in the travelling team, which comprises mostly players who are eligible for this year’s S.League as well as the SEA Games 2015 competition. We may include foreign player(s) signed by CYL with the aim of injecting experience into the youthful squad for the 2014 S.League season, which is one of the key phases of our preparations for the SEA Games in June next year.

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