1997 S.League

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S. League
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Season 1997
Champions Singapore Armed Forces
1st S.League title
Asian Club Championship Singapore Armed Forces
Matches played 72
Goals scored 249 (3.46 per match)
Top goalscorer Goran Paulic (21)
Biggest home win

Tiong Bahru United 5-1 Tampines Rovers
(5 July 1997)

Singapore Armed Forces 5-1 Balestier Central
(8 July 1997)
Biggest away win Tampines Rovers 2-8 Balestier Central
(28 June 1997)
Highest scoring Tampines Rovers 2-8 Balestier Central
(28 June 1997)
1996
1998

The 1997 S.League was the 2nd season of the S.League, the top professional football league in Singapore. The format of the league was changed, a single season of home and away matches replacing the split seasons and a playoff model of the 1996 season.

The 1997 S.League championship was won by Singapore Armed Forces FC.

Teams[edit]

Police Football Club underwent a rebranding, being renamed as Home United while NFL side Jurong Town Football Club, who renamed themselves Jurong FC, joined the competition taking the number of participating clubs to 9. As a result of the construction of the new Jurong East Stadium being incomplete, Jurong FC used Bukit Gombak Stadium as their home ground for the 1997 S.League season.

Team Stadium Capacity Location
Balestier Central Toa Payoh Stadium 3,900 Toa Payoh
Geylang United Bedok Stadium 3,900 Bedok
Jurong Bukit Gombak Stadium 3,000 Bukit Batok
Home United Jalan Besar Stadium 8,000 Kallang
Singapore Armed Forces Jurong Stadium 6,000 Jurong
Sembawang Rangers Yishun Stadium 3,400 Yishun
Tampines Rovers Tampines Stadium 3,600 Tampines
Tiong Bahru United Queenstown Stadium 3,800 Queenstown
Woodlands Wellington Woodlands Stadium 4,300 Woodlands

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Singapore Armed Forces (C) 16 12 1 3 42 11 +31 37
2 Tiong Bahru United 16 10 4 2 33 16 +17 34
3 Woodlands Wellington 16 11 0 5 35 29 +6 33
4 Balestier Central 16 8 4 4 43 26 +17 28
5 Geylang United 16 6 7 3 23 18 +5 25
6 Tampines Rovers 16 4 3 9 22 38 −16 15
7 Jurong FC 16 4 3 9 15 33 −18 15
8 Sembawang Rangers 16 1 5 10 19 37 −18 8
9 Home United 16 2 1 13 17 41 −24 7

As 1997 S.League champions, Singapore Armed Forces FC qualified to compete in the 1998-99 Asian Club Championship. This was the first time SAFFC had participated in continental competition. They were defeated in first round of the East Asian half of the competition, losing to Selangor FA of the M-League 2-4 on aggregate.

Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Name Club Goals
1 Croatia Goran Paulic Balestier Central 21
2 Brazil Egmar Goncalves Home United 15
3 Croatia Eres Jures Singapore Armed Forces 14

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