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Wed, 04 Jun 2014
“The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has a zero-tolerance policy towards match-fixing/football corruption and will permanently suspend any player or official who is convicted in a court of law for football corruption offences.

Fri, 23 May 2014
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) would like to clarify that no such arrangements were made for JDT fans who travelled to Singapore to attend last year’s match.

Fri, 23 May 2014
“We reached an agreement with the Football Association of Malaysia earlier this year, and we are actively engaged in discussions with our partners on key arrangements relating to the game.”

Wed, 21 May 2014
The safety of our fans is of paramount importance to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). In consultation with the authorities and security agencies, FAS has various security measures in place at the stadium on match day. In line with our existing SOPs, we also arrange the seating of the away fans to be separate from the home fans for security and safety issues.

Mon, 19 May 2014
"Singapore businessman Peter Lim is the new owner of debt-ridden Valencia after buying 70.4 per cent of the shares owned by the club’s foundation, the La Liga side said."

Sat, 10 May 2014
“Mr R. Vengadasalam, Team Manager of Balestier Khalsa FC Prime League team, has been charged for bringing the game into disrepute by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). The charge is in relation to an alleged incident around the technical area during his side’s Prime League match against Warriors FC on 19 April 2014. He has until 7pm on 13 May 2014 to respond to the charge. The FAS Disciplinary Committee will convene on 15 May 2014 to hear this case.”

Thu, 08 May 2014
“Foreign clubs need to gain the approval of their respective Football Associations before they can submit a request to participate in our domestic football competitions. As the Football Association of Singapore has not received any official requests from the Football Association of Malaysia and Johor FA, we will not be commenting on this issue.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Sponsorship is one of the key components vital to footballing success and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is grateful to our partners and sponsors, including Great Eastern, RHB Bank, Yeo's, StarHub, Courts, Epson and AirAsia, among others, for their staunch support over the years. We are pleased to note that most of these sponsors have been renewing their sponsorships, which is a strong indication of the branding value of our footballing properties.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014
In line with the Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) Strategic Plan, we are always looking at enhance the capabilities of our young players. Apart from our youth development programmes which commence from the Junior Centre of Excellence Under-6 age-group onwards, we also place strong emphasis on mentorships – where senior and experienced players may be registered to play for our teams, including the Courts Young Lions and LionsXII, with the key objective of guiding their young teammates.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014
Geylang International FC (GIFC) was found to have fielded a suspended player, Wyldan Wisam, in their Prime League game against National Football Academy (NFA) U-18 on 30th March. Wyldan had a one-match ban carried over from last season and was suspended for the match in question. All clubs including GIFC were also informed of the list of suspended players prior to their matches. For flouting competition rules, the match was overturned 3-0 in favour of NFA U-18. The club has acknowledged the error and we consider the case closed.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014
It is not the Football Association of Singapore’s policy to comment on personnel and contractual matters of specific employees, including coaches. Like any other organisation, we have in place employment processes and procedures which involve the Association and the staff, including periodic performance evaluation and appraisals. It is our practice to commence the review process with contracted staff about two to three months before the end of their contract. All such reviews and discussions will be kept confidential, and the final decision will first be communicated to the staff directly and in confidence.

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.

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