|By Kenneth Tan
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has released the full fixtures list for the upcoming season, as well as the whole list of events for the calendar year.
That has brought confirmation of the much talked-about initiative – the round 2.5, where the 12 teams will be separated into two fields for playoffs, the top six to fight for the championship trophy and the bottom six to contest for 7th placing and better prize money.
Teams will take almost a month-long break before the playoff commences on 18 October and it will run all the way till 7 November, with the RHB Singapore Cup Final to be held on the 8th.
During the mid-season league break, the teams will participate in the Starhub League Cup while the National Football Academy (NFA) U-15 and U-16 teams participate in the Canon Lion City Cup.
Season 2013 will also see the fruition of another initiative of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FAS and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) – the FAM-FAS Club Champions series.
It is however unclear how the competition will pan out, with 9 July being the only date scheduled.
Back in a FAS press release in 2011, it was reported that there will be two tournaments to be played on a home-and-away basis – firstly the League Champions Series to played out between the respective champions of the S.League and the Malaysian Super League, then the Cup Winners Challenge between the Singapore Cup and Malaysia Cup champions.
In addition to that, the national football team will participate in the Merdeka Tournament, a traditional competition held by FAM in honour of the Malaysian National Day which was on a hiatus for the past four years.
Key Dates in 2013
15 Feb – S.League Charity Shield (Tampines Rovers vs Warriors FC)
20 Feb – First game of S.League season
5 Jun to 23 Jun – Starhub League Cup
8 Jun to 16 Jun – Canon Lion City Cup
9 Jul – FAM-FAS Club Champions Series
19 Aug to 1 Sep – Merdeka Tournament
20 Sep – Final Game of S.League Round 2
15 Oct – Singapore vs Syria (AFC Asian Cup 2015 Qualifiers)
18 Oct to 7 Nov – S.League Round 2.5 (playoffs)
26 Oct – Malaysia Cup Final
8 Nov – RHB Singapore Cup Final
15 Nov – Syria vs Singapore (AFC Asian Cup 2015 Qualifiers)
19 Nov – Singapore vs Jordan (AFC Asian Cup 2015 Qualifiers)