National Football Academy (Singapore)

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National Football Academy
Jalan Besar Stadium.jpg
Jalan Besar Sports and Recreation Centre
Established 13 August 2000
Location

Jalan Besar, Singapore

(1°18′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.310016°N 103.860347°E / 1.310016; 103.860347Coordinates: 1°18′36″N 103°51′37″E / 1.310016°N 103.860347°E / 1.310016; 103.860347)

The National Football Academy, commonly referred to as NFA, is a football academy based in Jalan Besar, Singapore. It was launched by the Football Association of Singapore on 13 August 2000 with the aim of developing Singapore's most promising young footballers.[1] Trainees are scouted through a systematic talent identification process before being given the chance to develop their skills under some of the best youth coaches in the country. With teams at every age level from U-14 to U-18, the NFA co-ordinates the development of young Singaporean footballers at a national level through the domestic league system, international youth tournaments as well as overseas training attachments.

The NFA Under-18 team is made up of promising Singaporean players under the age of 18 and serves as a feeder squad mainly to the Young Lions as well as other clubs in the S.League. The FAS enters both the NFA Blues U-17 and NFA Reds U-18 teams in the Prime League, the official reserve league of the S.League to allow their players to gain more exposure and match experience by playing against older and more established players. The NFA U-15 and U-16 teams also participate in the annual Lion City Cup organised by the FAS since 2011.

The NFA has produced many graduates who went on to represent the Singapore national team.

NFA Under-15[edit]

NFA U-15 performance record at the Lion City Cup

Edition Year Placing
23rd 2011 3rd
24th 2012 6th
25th 2013 6th

NFA Under-16[edit]

NFA U-16 performance record at the Lion City Cup

Edition Year Placing
23rd 2011 Runners-up
24th 2012 Runners-up
25th 2013 5th

NFA Under-17[edit]

Jurong West Stadium
NFA Blues

The NFA Blues is based at the 3,200-seater Jurong West Stadium for its Prime League matches.

2014 Prime League squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Singapore Muhammad Zharfan Bin Rohaizad
2 Singapore DF Adam Hakeem
4 Singapore Royce Chua
5 Singapore Lionel Tan (c)
6 Singapore Ribiyanda Saswadimata
7 Singapore Mohamed Nasrul Bin Mohamed Taib
9 Singapore Andin Addie
10 Singapore Syafiq Irawan
11 Singapore Amiruldin Asraf
12 Singapore Hafiz Baharuddin
No. Position Player
13 Singapore Joshua Bernard Pereira
14 Singapore Rydha Syarriel
15 Singapore Randall Au
17 Singapore MF Karthik Raj
18 Singapore Russell Joachim Lee
19 Singapore Zulkhair Mustaffa
20 Singapore Shah Zulkarnean
22 Singapore Ahmad Fadly Bin Mohamed Tamiri
24 Singapore Ariyan Shamsuddin
25 Singapore Brandon Marc Cher

NFA Under-18[edit]

NFA Reds

The NFA Reds is based at the 3,000-seater Bukit Gombak Stadium for its Prime League matches.

2014 Prime League squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Singapore GK Kenny Loh
2 Singapore DF Ramle Umar Akhbar
3 Singapore DF Darren Teh
4 Singapore DF Taufiq Muqminin
5 Singapore DF Sadik Said
6 Singapore DF Kenneth Lee
7 Singapore MF Zulfadhmi Suzliman
8 Singapore MF Muhelmy Suhaimi (c)
9 Singapore FW Iqram Rifqi
10 Singapore MF Suhairi Sabri
No. Position Player
11 Singapore MF Fahrish Khan
12 Singapore GK Tham Yong Jun
13 Singapore MF Haiqal Sulaiman
14 Singapore MF Ashshiddiq Misban
15 Singapore MF Khairuddin Omar
16 Singapore DF Bryan Tan
17 Singapore DF Daniel Shafiq
19 Singapore MF Ashari Borhan
20 Singapore FW A Pavithran
21 Singapore FW Jeremy Lam

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Football Academy - Shaping the future of Singapore football". The Football Association of Singapore. Retrieved 13 March 2014.