Football Association of Singapore

This article is about the governing body of Singapore domestic football. For the former Singapore team which competed in Malaysian domestic football competitions from 1921 to 1994, see Singapore FA.
Football Association of Singapore
Founded 1892 (1892) (as Singapore Amateur Football Association)
FIFA affiliation 1952
AFC affiliation 1954
AFF affiliation 1984
President Zainudin Nordin

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is the governing body of football in Singapore. It was founded as the Singapore Amateur Football Association in 1892, which lays claim to being the oldest Football Association in Asia. The football association underwent a name change to its current name on 13 January 1966.[1]

The FAS is responsible for the organisation and development of football and advancing the game at all levels in Singapore, including its flagship S.League and the Singapore national football team. Providing a structure for the game to flourish and governing the running of football in Singapore, the FAS also ensures that the Laws of the Game are adhered to, from the professional S.League to amateur leagues.

The FAS also manages the organisation and running of league and cup competitions, the stewardship of international teams, the establishment of youth development, women's football, refereeing and coaching frameworks.

Singapore National Team

The Singapore national football team, administered by FAS, is the most successful side that incorporated foreign-born players in ASEAN Football Championship history, winning the regional international tournament four times in 1998, 2004/5, 2007 and 2012. Thailand is also another country to also have won the regional competition four times (as of 2014).

Youth Development Programmes

FAS places a lot of focus on football development and is currently one of the very few football associations in Asia to have a comprehensive national age group programmes with U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-23 teams (known as Young Lions, who compete in the country's professional S.League).

All S.League clubs have also fully implemented their own Centre of Excellence (COE) programs for the Under-14s, adding on to the existing U-16s and U-18s program. An expansion of FAS' Junior Centres of Excellence (JCOE) for our U-8, U-10 and U-12 age-groups early this year saw our centres grow from 3 to the current 10 and the start of an Under-6 age-group at one of our centres in June 2012.

In the 2012 edition of the Canon Lion City Cup, a few players from Singapore U-16 squad were singled out for praise by coaches of top academy teams from around the world, including CR Vasco da Gama, AFC Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto and Manchester City, who also competed in the same youth tournament.

Adam Swandi of the U-16 squad was mentioned as a technical player who "plays like a Brazilian", and have the "potential to play in bigger clubs in Europe". The young player is currently on a second training stint with J.League club Albirex Niigata.

Former presidents

  • Soh Ghee Soon: 1957–1963 [2]
  • Hussein Kumari: 1963–1965 [3]
  • Abu Bakar Pawanchee: 1965–1967 [4][5]
  • Tay Soo Yong: 1967–1968
  • Woon Wah Siang: 1968 [6]
  • Lenny Rodrigo: 1968–1971 [7][8]

Council members

  • Tan Soo Nan
  • Lim Kia Tong
  • Bernard Tan
  • Edwin Tong

  • Thavaneson Selvaratnam
  • Lim Eng Lee
  • Michael Kuah Kim Huat
  • Tan Chong Huat
  • Edward Liu
  • Zulkifli Bin Baharudin

  • Bennett Neo Gim Siong
  • Ng Mui Kim
  • Dinesh Nair
  • Tan Seng Hua
  • Michael Foo Say Peng
  • Chow Phee Chat


Singapore M-League/Malaysia Cup Team (The Lions)

Main article: Singapore Lions

Former national players

Notable Former National PlayersSingapore National Football Team

See also


  1. The FAS was under the management of the National Sports Promotion Board and later, the Singapore Sports Council.


  1. "It's the F.A. of S'pore". The Straits Times. 14 January 1966.
  2. "This can be SAFA's make-or-mar year". The Straits Times. 1 March 1957. p. 14.
  3. Teoh, Eng Tatt (21 March 1963). "Hussein president of new SAFA council". The Straits Times. p. 16.
  4. Boey, Francis (21 September 1965). "Bakar is new Safa chief". The Straits Times. p. 17.
  5. "FAS chief resigns 'with regret'". The Straits Times. 21 September 1967. p. 17.
  6. "Woon is new FAS chief". The Straits Times. 27 March 1968. p. 19.
  7. Dorai, Joe (5 July 1968). "Rodrigo heads the new line-up". The Straits Times. p. 20.
  8. Dorai, Joe (19 June 1971). "Rodrigo: I've not failed as head of FAS". The Straits Times. p. 27.
  9. Dorai, Joe (16 March 1974). "Pates will head new FAS Council". The Straits Times. p. 26.
  10. "Ganesan now chairman". The Straits Times. 1 April 1976. p. 39.
  11. Dorai, Joe (1 April 1982). "Teo named new FAS chairman". The Straits Times. p. 39.
  12. Dorai, Joe (19 March 1988). "Maj Abbas named FAS chairman". The Straits Times. p. 43.
  13. "Hsu Tse-Kwang is new football chief". The Straits Times. 25 March 1991. p. 1.
  14. "New boss Ibrahim to look into youth development". The Straits Times. 31 March 1994. p. 31.
  15. "Minister Mah is new FAS president". The Straits Times. 23 March 1999. p. 1.
  16. "Mah Bow Tan steps down as football chief". The Straits Times. 29 March 2004. p. 4.
  17. "Ho Peng Kee is new FAS chief". The Straits Times. 29 March 2004. p. 2.
  18. Wang, Meng Meng (25 March 2009). "New man Zainudin wants to continue FAS' success". The Straits Times. p. 35.
  19. "Council & Committees". Football Association of Singapore. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
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