SINGAPORE (21 Jan 2011) – In the hope of generating more interest and attendance for S-League matches, the FA of Singapore (FAS) have decided to reschedule all their matches to the afternoon when the S-League 2011 season kick off on 12 February.
The rationale behind the move by the FAS in rescheduling domestic fixtures to the afternoon was to allow fans the chance to get home in time to watch English Premier League football on the telly.
“This could allow fans time to watch an S-League match and get back in time to catch their English Premier League matches on TV,” said Winston Lee the general secretary of the FAS as he was quoted to the Today newspaper.
“It will be a pilot project and, if fans like it, we’ll look at how we can implement it more.”
Zainudin Nordin, the president of the FAS said that youth is the way forward for football in the city-state and they have to put priority on youth development, requiring all clubs to set up training programmes for Under-16 and Under-18 players. Centres of Excellence will be created to complement youth programmes at the national level.
“When you look at our Youth Olympic Games team, they captured Singaporeans’ imagination because this is their team,” he added.