The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced that it will increase the foreign player quota for all local Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs participating in the 2020 season.
Clubs are allowed to sign a maximum of four foreign players for the 2020 season – an increase of one from the three allowed in 2019. If any club takes up the option to sign the maximum of four foreigners, only one of them is required to be under the age of 21 (i.e. born on or after January 1, 1999).
This follows on from the foreign player quota increase from two to three (two open plus one U-21) for the 2019 season.
Introduction of New Under-21 League
With the pathway for youth football in the Centers Of Excellence (COE) laying primarily via two age-group competitions in the 2018 and 2019 season, talented players were then potentially selected to move towards their respective clubs’ senior SPL teams. The introduction of the new Under-21 League in 2020 will now help to provide a clear and stable pathway towards the SPL by bridging the gap between the 2020 COE competitions (for Under-15 and Under-17) and the senior level.
The new changes come after FAS Technical Director, Mr. Joseph Palatsides’ engagements and consultations with the fraternity, including SPL club coaches, youth and school coaches.
Commenting on these new developments, Mr. Palatsides said, “Throughout the season, the FAS has been in engagement sessions with the SPL club coaches to listen to their feedback. We have endeavoured to take on board constructive inputs which would contribute towards the growth and betterment of not just our league but also the technical development of our players.
I believe that by implementing these two major changes, it would further strengthen the work that we have done to drive Singapore football forward.”