|The history of the game goes back to the period this nation was under British rule which came to an end in 1957. Like its neighbour, Malaysia, to the north, who were also under British rule, Singapore has a long tradition in the game.Much of their early participation in the game was within the Malaysian League, which dates back to 1921. Even when Singapore separated from the Malaysia Federation in 1965, they still continued playing in the league. But in the mid-90s, Singapore decided to go on their own and formed the professional
S-League.On the international front, Singapore has competed in various qualifying tournaments, including the pre-World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, but with little success. They qualified for the Asian Cup, once in 1984, when the tournament was played in Singapore.Singapore’s greatest success came in the form of the Asean Football Federation’s Tiger Cup which they won in 1998.