Football Association of Singapore

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Football Association of Singapore
AFC
Football Association of Singapore crest.svg
Founded1892;129 years ago (1892)
Headquarters100 Tyrwhitt Rd, Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore 207542
FIFA affiliation1952
AFC affiliation1954
AFF affiliation1984
PresidentLim Kia Tong
Website http://www.fas.org.sg

The Football Association of Singapore (abbreviation; FAS) is the governing body responsible for the administration of football in Singapore. It was founded as the Singapore Football Association in 1892, being the oldest football association in all of Asia. The association changed to the Singapore Amateur Football Association on 14 May 1929 before adopting its current name on 13 January 1966. [1] [2]

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The FAS oversees the organisation and development of football and advancing the game at all levels in Singapore, including its flagship Singapore Premier League (SPL), as well as the men's, women's and youth national football teams.

The FAS also manages the organisation and running of league and cup competitions, the stewardship of international teams, the establishment of youth development, women's football, refereeing and coaching frameworks. [3]

Singapore national team

The Singapore national football team, administered by FAS, is the most successful side that incorporated foreign-born players in ASEAN Football Championship history, winning the regional international tournament four times in 1998, 2004/5, 2007 and 2012. Singapore is behind Thailand after the Thais won their 5th time in the regional competition (as of 2016). [3]

Youth Development Programmes

The FAS focuses on football development and operates national age group programmes with U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-23 teams (known as Young Lions, who compete in the country's professional Singapore Premier League). [3]

All Singapore Premier League clubs have also fully implemented their own programmes for the Under-14s, adding on to the existing U-16s and U-18s program. [3]

Former presidents

Council members

Reference: [25]

NamePositionSource
Flag of Singapore.svg Lim Kia Tong President [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Bernard Richard Tan Kok Kiang Deputy President [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Razali bin Md Saad Vice President [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Teo Hock Seng 2nd Vice President [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Selvaratnam Thavanseon 3rd Vice President [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Edwin Tong 4th Vice President [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Yazeen Buharim General Secretary [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Lelaina Lim Treasurer [26]
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joseph Palatsides Technical Director [26] [27]
Flag of Japan.svg Tatsuma Yoshida Team Coach (Men's) [26] [27]
Flag of Singapore.svg Melisa Ye Team Coach (Women's) [26]
Flag of Singapore.svg Mustaffa Ehsan Media/Communications Manager [26]
n/aFutsal Coordinator
Flag of Singapore.svg Nazeer Hussain Referee Coordinator [26]

FAS Tournaments

FAS Affiliates 2017

Singapore Premier League Clubs

FAS National Football League Clubs

Singapore M-League/Malaysia Cup Team (The Lions)

Former national players

Notable Former National PlayersSingapore National Football Team

Issues

Political appointees

The FAS council was first appointed by the government in 1968, and has been controlled continually by government appointees for more than three decades from the 1980s to 2015. [28] [24] From 2004 to 2015, its president had been an elected member of the ruling People's Action Party, and was appointed by the Minister for Sports. [29]

In 2015, global football governing body FIFA requested an end to political appointments of the national body's council members, and non-compliance could make Singapore ineligible to take part in future international competitions. [30] FAS therefore changed its constitution in 2016 and held general elections for its council members starting from 2017. [31] [29] [32] In response, the FAS also stated that "We have always been in consultation with FIFA over the last 30 years. They are aware of the uniqueness of our situation, and have always given us special dispensation." [33]

Lack of investment

During the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 2016, it was revealed that organising expenses on grassroots competitions like the National Football League (NFL), Island Wide League (IWL) and FA Cup amounted to about $70,000 during the previous financial year from April 2015 to March 2016. This figure which represented a mere 0.2 per cent of the FAS' total annual budget of S$35.8 million sparked disapproval within the local football community with many perceiving it as a clear indication of FAS's lack of regard for grassroots football. [34]

In a press conference on 13 October 2016, FAS vice-president Bernard Tan clarified that the amount did not include prize money and participation fees contributed by the teams counted under S. League account. [35]

Funding

In early April 2017, Bill Ng, chairman of SPL club Hougang United and NFL club Tiong Bahru Football Club (TBFC), claimed that he had donated S$850,000 to the FAS with the intention of helping Singapore football, but that the money had gone to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) instead. [36] The allegations came in the prelude to the first open election of the FAS council. [37]

FAS secretary Winston Lee responded that Ng was aware of where the funds were used, that $200,000 went to the former LionsXII, while $500,000 was used to support the AFF's Football Management System. [38] [39] Lee said that it was former FAS president Zainudin Nordin who asked Ng to donate to the AFF, while Ng disputed the claim. [40] [41] FAS responded with a statement that Ng's allegations of financial impropriety within FAS to damage the credibility of the association was regrettable, and it was unusual that Ng had chosen to hide Zainudin's role in the transaction. [42]

On 20 April 2017, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) raided the FAS headquarters over reports of financial misuse of funds filed by Sport Singapore (formerly known as the Singapore Sports Council). Zainudin Nordin, Winston Lee, Bill Ng and his wife Bonnie Wong, were all arrested before being subsequently released on bail. The four assisted with the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) with the probe into the alleged misuse of funds and obstruction of club audits of TBFC. [43] [44] [45] As of 2021, investigations by the CAD on these individuals are believed to be still ongoing. [46]

See also

Notes

  1. The FAS was under the management of the National Sports Promotion Board and later, the Singapore Sports Council.

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