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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..."

Mon, 27 May 2013
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had, on 30 January 2013, agreed with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on the dates (4 June in Malaysia and 7 June in Singapore) for this year's Causeway Challenge. We sent a letter to FAM on 15 May with details such as training and match requirements for the two matches, which were agreed upon in January. We had also written to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to sanction the Causeway Challenge Cup and it was approved on 17 May...

Mon, 06 May 2013
It is always an honour and great privilege for our young players to represent Singapore in international competitions, including the Asian Youth Games. We are keen to participate in the AYG 2013 and as part of our preparations, the National Football Academy Under-14 team has been playing against tougher and older opponents in the Under-16’s Clubs’ Centre of Excellence (COE) tournament since early this year. In addition to preparations at the local level, we will also be sending the Under-14 team overseas to gain international exposure. We hope that the SNOC will approve our appeal to participate in the competition which will enable our national Under-14 team to compete against the top youth teams in Asia.

Mon, 06 May 2013
The Football Association of Singapore is in the final phase of a rigorous process to appoint the next national coach. We expect to announce the appointment by this month.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013
The National Training Centre (NTC) will be a key step towards raising the level of professionalism in football in Singapore. The concept of an NTC is in line with the FAS’ Strategic Plan 2010-2015, as football facilities is one of the nine key strategic areas outlined in the Strategic Plan. The facilities proposed, not only encompass the requirements for training and top-level competitions, but also recognise the needs of the community and grassroots football...

Wed, 20 Feb 2013
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to match-fixing/football corruption which includes the imposition of permanent suspension from all football activities on any player or official, convicted in a court of law for football corruption offences. We take a serious view of allegations pertaining to match-fixing and football corruption activities and the authorities and FAS will spare no effort in minimising the possibility of such activities taking place within the local football scene...

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