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Young local footballers are set to benefit from increased international exposure and attachment stints at training academies in France, amongst other things in the agreement

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the French Football Federation (FFF) as it seeks to boost youth development here.

This was revealed at the FAS's 31st Annual General Meeting yesterday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium, where it was mentioned that youth development would be one of the key areas of this impending partnership.

According to the FAS, this MOU is an "exciting development" due to the French's track record and standing in the area of developing young footballers. The agreement will also provide increased international exposure for local players through matches between clubs of both countries, as well as stints at their prestigious training academies for promising players and staff.

Singapore already has a presence in France in the form of 17-year-old starlet Adam Swandi, who plies his trade with FC Metz after signing a two-year contract earlier this February.

FAS noted that Metz's youth academy director Denis Schaeffer was impressed with Adam's stint at the club so far, which reflects "the quality" of their footballing programmes.

FAS president Zainudin Nordin also pointed out the establishment of the Football Development Fund, which aims to support the attachment of youth players to overseas clubs. To that end, young and promising talents like Mahathir Azeman, Ikhsan and Irfan Fandi, and Royston Tan were some of the names highlighted as those who have the potential to be put on such stints in the near future.

Zainudin added that youth development was one of the various aspects that the FAS has achieved "progress and success" in the past year, and is glad that such programmes have been endorsed by the likes of Schaeffer and FIFA’s Senior Manager for Development Programmes in Asia, David Borja.


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