Courts Young Lions

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This article is about the developmental S.League club. For the national age-group team, see Singapore national under-23 football team.
Courts Young Lions
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Full name Courts Young Lions
Nickname(s) The Young Lions
Founded 2002
Ground Jalan Besar Stadium
Singapore
Ground Capacity 8,000
Manager Visakan Subramanian
Coach Aide Iskandar
League S.League
2013 12th
Website Club home page

The Courts Young Lions are an under-23 football team from Singapore. Selected players from the squad were also chosen to form the Singapore national under-23 football team. The team comes under the direct control of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), but is managed as a football club and has competed in Singapore's top club competition – the S.League – since 2003. By entering the Young Lions into the S.League, the FAS hopes to expose young players to top-level competition, thus helping to prepare them for international tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games. As such, the Young Lions are one of the few football clubs in the world which place an age restriction on team members while playing in a top-flight professional league. Most of the Singaporean members in the Courts Young Lions squad also represent the country in under-23 international tournaments.

While the bulk of the Courts Young Lions squad is made up of members of Singapore's national under-23 team, the club also takes in promising young foreign players like Luka Savic in 2010. He played for FC Barcelona's youth team and once played for Villarreal CF B. He now plies his trade for SAFFC in the S-League. However, foreign players are normally only recruited into the Courts Young Lions squad if they could potentially change their nationality to Singaporean and be eligible to play international football for Singapore at some point in the future.

The aim of creating the club was to give young Singaporean players who had shown talent and a potential the opportunity for further exposure in Singapore's top league. It was also hoped that keeping the bulk of the national under-23 squad together at club level would improve Singapore's chances in the international arena, particularly at the Southeast Asian Games (where only under-23 players are allowed to compete in the football competition).

The Courts Young Lions play their league matches at the newly re-turfed Jalan Besar Stadium. Their best S.League finish was third, which they achieved in 2004 and 2006.

Malaysian domestic competition[edit]

In 2011, the Football Association of Singapore and the Football Association of Malaysia reached an agreement that would see greater cooperation between the two nations. One of the intended avenues will see Young Lions play in the Malaysian Super League and Malaysia Cup from 2012 onwards, the first time a Singaporean team has participated in Malaysian domestic football since Singapore won the 1994 M-League and Malaysia Cup double. Although the new Singapore team will have the existing Young Lions set up at its core, the squad will be permitted up to five local players over the age of 14-16 players, as well as a number of overseas players in accordance with the quota set out by the rules of the Malaysian competitions the team will play in.[1]

Ultimately though, a new team was created for the Malaysia league: the LionsXII, while Young Lions remained in the S.League.

#ThisIsOurQuest[edit]

In July 2014, a media campaign was launched to establish the Courts Young Lions' social media presence and brand awareness.

The story behind #ThisIsOurQuest revolves around the journey of a young football team in search of an identity. The foundations of a cohesive unit coupled with an unrelenting work ethos shape the club. The players collectively represent the future of Singapore football but to realize their potential, the team has to achieve maturity both as individuals and a team.

National Football Academy[edit]

Most of the Courts Young Lions players come from the NFA (National Football Academy) and new players (from the NFA) will be promoted to the Courts Young Lions squad every season.

The National Football Academy enters both the Singapore NFA U-17 and Singapore NFA U-18 teams into the Prime League to allow their players to gain more exposure and match experience by playing against older and more established players.[2]

S.League Record[edit]

  • 2003 - 12th place (Wooden Spoonist)
  • 2004 - 3rd place
  • 2005 - 6th place
  • 2006 - 3rd place
  • 2007 - 5th place
  • 2008 - 9th place
  • 2009 - 8th place
  • 2010 - 9th place
  • 2011 - 9th place
  • 2012 - 10th place
  • 2013 - 12th place (Wooden Spoon)

Singapore Cup Record[edit]

  • 2003 - Quarter-finals
  • 2004 - Quarter-finals
  • 2005 - Quarter-finals
  • 2006 - Quarter-finals
  • 2007 - First Round
  • 2008 - 4th place
  • 2009 - First Round
  • 2010 - 4th place
  • 2011 - Did not take part
  • 2012 - Did not take part

Singapore League Cup Record[edit]

  • 2007 - Did not take part
  • 2008 - 4th place
  • 2009 - First Round
  • 2010 - First Round
  • 2011 - Did not take part
  • 2012 - Plate Final Runners-up

Sponsors[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2014[3][4][5]

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 Shahul Rayyan
2 Singapore DF Fadli Kamis
4 Singapore DF Delwinder Singh
6 Singapore MF Anumanthan Mohan Kumar
7 Singapore FW Sahil Suhaimi
8 Singapore MF Shamil Sharif
9 Singapore MF Stanely Ng
10 Singapore MF Nur Na'iim Ishak
11 Canada FW Jordan Webb
12 Singapore DF Ali Hudzaifi
13 Singapore DF Faris Azienuddin
14 Singapore MF Iqbal Hussain
15 Singapore DF Sheikh Abdul Hadi (team captain)
No. Position Player
18 Singapore DF Al-Qaasimy Rahman (vice captain)
20 Singapore MF Afiq Noor
21 Canada FW Sherif El-Masri
22 Singapore MF Farhan Rahmat
23 Singapore DF Shannon Stephen
24 Singapore GK Syazwan Buhari
25 Singapore MF Amirul Adli
27 Singapore FW Amy Recha Samion
29 Singapore MF Ammirul Emmran Mazlan
30 Singapore GK Fashah Iskandar
31 Singapore MF Shameer Aziq
32 Singapore FW Muhaimin Suhaimi
35 Singapore GK Rudy Khairullah

Coach[edit]

Year Coach
Jan 1, 2009–Dec 31, 2010 Singapore V. Sundramoorthy
Jan 1, 2011–Dec 12 Singapore Robin Chitrakar
Jan 14, 2013– Singapore Aide Iskandar

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Singapore Aizat Ramli
Head team coach Singapore Aide Iskandar
Assistant coach Singapore S. Subramani
Goalkeeping coach Singapore Lim Queen Cher
Physiotherapist Singapore Nurhafizah Abu Sujad
Sports Trainer Singapore Narasiman Sathivelu
Kitman Singapore Abdul Latiff

References[edit]

External links[edit]