Football Leagues in Singapore

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Football League Structure[edit]

The table below shows a combination of the National League and Top Amateur football leagues which follow FIFA law of the game according to the level of play.

Level Football Leagues in Singapore
1 Singapore Premier League[1][2]
2 Singapore Football League Division 1[3]
3 Singapore Football League Division 2[4]
Cosmopolitan Football League[5]
4 Singapore Island Wide League [6]
Equatorial Football League Premiership Division[7]
PAG Premier League
5 Equatorial Football League Qualifying Division[8]
PAG Nationwide League Division 1
6 PAG Nationwide League Division 2

National Leagues[edit]

Singapore Premier League[edit]

Singapore Premier League
Founded1996; 24 years ago (1996) (as S. League)
2018; 2 years ago (2018) (as SPL)
CountrySingapore Singapore
ConfederationAFC
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Singapore Cup
Community Shield
International cup(s)AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
Websitespl.sg

The Singapore Premier League, formerly known as the S.League is a professional football league organised by Football Association of Singapore. The league was formed in 1996, replacing the semi-professional FAS Premier League and became the nation top tier league. The League is played by 9 professional football clubs based in Singapore whereby there are 3 rounds for each club to play against each other. Hence every club in the league will play a total of 24 games upon the completion of each season. Hence this will be a total of 108 matches and the season last from March to October. However it was postpone after starting a few matches in 2020 due to Coronavirus cases in Singapore. The origin of the SPL can be traced back to 1921 whereby a representative club of Singapore, known as the Singapore Lions took part in the Malaysia Cup and winning the title for 24 times. Eventually the FAS and the FAM went into a dispute which eventually lead the lions from withdrawing from an FAM sanctioned tournament. This then slowly lead to the formation of FAS premier league and eventually the S.League, now known as the Singapore Premier League. When the S.League was formed, there were 8 clubs which took part in the inaugural season. Geylang United won the first ever S.League title upon defeating the SAFFC in a stadium filled up 30,000 crowd which remains a record breaking number of attendance to this day.

Season Winners Runners-up
1996* Geylang United Singapore Armed Forces
1997 Singapore Armed Forces Tiong Bahru United
1998 Singapore Armed Forces (2) Tanjong Pagar United
1999 Home United Singapore Armed Forces
2000 Singapore Armed Forces (3) Tanjong Pagar United
2001 Geylang United (2) Singapore Armed Forces
2002 Singapore Armed Forces (4) Home United
2003 Home United (2) Geylang United
2004 Tampines Rovers Home United
2005 Tampines Rovers (2) Singapore Armed Forces
2006 Singapore Armed Forces (5) Tampines Rovers
2007 Singapore Armed Forces (6) Home United
2008 Singapore Armed Forces (7) South Korea Super Reds
2009 Singapore Armed Forces (8) Tampines Rovers
2010 France Étoile FC Tampines Rovers
2011 Tampines Rovers (3) Home United
2012 Tampines Rovers (4) Brunei DPMM FC
2013 Tampines Rovers (5) Home United
2014 Warriors FC (9) Brunei DPMM FC
2015 Brunei DPMM FC Tampines Rovers
2016 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Tampines Rovers
2017 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) (2) Tampines Rovers
2018 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) (3)[9] Home United
2019 Brunei DPMM FC (2) Tampines Rovers

Singapore Football League[edit]

Singapore Football League
Founded1975; 45 years ago (1975)
CountrySingapore Singapore
ConfederationAFC
Level on pyramid2–3
Relegation toSingapore Island Wide League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
SFL Challenge Cup }

The Singapore Football League (SFL), Formerly known as the National Football League is a top amateur football tournament founded in 1975. The league is contested by football clubs that are affiliated with the Football Association of Singapore. The SFL consists of 2 divisions, Division 1 and Division 2 with relegation and promotion apply between these divisions. The SFL, then known as the NFL used to consists of 3 divisions until 2014 when the NFL Division 3 was folded. The SFL Division 1 was a top tier football league in Singapore since its inception in 1975, succeeding the Singapore Amateur Football Association 1st Division football league. The SFL Division 1 continues to be top domestic league of the nation until the introduction of the semi-professional tournament, FAS Premier League in 1988 which eventually folded in 1996 upon the introduction of the professional S.League, now known as the SPL. The domestic cup competition for the SFL clubs is the Singapore FA Cup whereby the clubs compete with the IWL clubs in a knock-out format competition. The SFL also served as a path for amateur and semi professional football to get into a professional path and at the same time for professional player from S.League to continue playng football at a highly competitive level upon their professional contract expiration from the SPL.

Singapore Island Wide League[edit]

The Singapore Island Wide League, IWL is a qualification tournament for clubs that are associated with the FAS to get into Singapore Football League, SFL the following year.

Island Wide League
CountrySingapore Singapore
ConfederationAFC
Level on pyramid4
Promotion to Singapore Football League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
WebsiteWebsite
Season Winners!
1991 Wellington FC
1999 Singapore Recreation Club
2010 Sporting Westlake
2011 Siglap CSC
2012 Vipers FAA
2013 Yishun Sentek Mariners
2014 Kembangan United
2015 South Avenue
2016 SAFSA
2018 Project Vault Oxley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football: Goodbye S-League, welcome Singapore Premier League". The Straits Times. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Singapore League (S. League) - Infopedia". Eresources.nlb.gov.sg. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ "National Football League Division 1 - Football Association of Singapore". Fas.org.sg. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "National Football League Division 2 - Football Association of Singapore". Fas.org.sg. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ Template:Http://www.cosmoleague.com/
  6. ^ "Island Wide League - Football Association of Singapore". Fas.org.sg. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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  9. ^ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/albirex-win-singapore-premier-league-title-three-months-to-go-10552962