Singapore League Cup

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League Cup
Singapore League Cup.png
Country Singapore Singapore
Founded 2007
Number of teams 8
Current champions Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
(3 titles)
Most championships Brunei DPMM FC
Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
(3 titles)
Website Official website
2017 Singapore League Cup

The Singapore League Cup is an annual soccer competition in Singapore. It was launched in 2007, and is open to teams who play in the S.League. The title sponsor for 2016 is The New Paper.[1]

The 2007 competition was sponsored by SingTel, and officially titled the SingTel League Cup. Eight of the twelve S.League teams took part in the 2007 tournament, which was held before the start of the S.League season proper.

In 2008, the competition's official sponsored name was the Avaya-J&J League Cup (with sponsorship coming from Avaya and Jebsen & Jessen Communications). All twelve S.League teams took part in the 2008 tournament. Unlike the 2007 event, the 2008 competition was held during the S.League season.

The 2009 edition of the League Cup was held from 1 to 19 June, again during the S.League season. The competition began with a group stage, where the clubs were divided into four groups of three. The top two teams from each group qualified for the knockout stage. All knockout matches were played at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Live television coverage was provided by Starhub.

2010 saw the League Cup returning to a knockout format. The teams which finished in the top 4 positions in the 2009 S.League season were given byes to the quarter-final round, and the remaining clubs played a qualifying round to decide who would join them in the Cup competition. The draw was conducted before the qualifying round, which meant that qualifying clubs already knew which quarter-final slot they would be playing for.

The 2011 League Cup final on 30 June 2011 saw Albirex Niigata (Singapore) defeat Hougang United 5-4 on penalties to become the third consecutive foreign club to hold the trophy after DPMM FC and Etoile FC.

The 2014 tournament was sponsored by StarHub, and officially titled the StarHub League Cup. The 2015 edition was sponsored by The New Paper and known as The New Paper League Cup.[2]

Previous League Cup tournament (1997)[edit]

A competition called the Singapore League Cup was also held in Singapore in 1997. In that year it was won by the Singapore Armed Forces who defeated Geylang United 1-0 in the final. In 1998, that competition was renamed the Singapore Cup, and was opened to teams that do not play in the S.League. The Singapore Cup is now the major cup competition in Singapore football, and in recent years has involved invited teams from overseas in addition to teams playing in Singapore's local leagues.

Year Winners Runners-up Score in
Final
3rd place 4th place
1997 Singapore Armed Forces Geylang United 1-0 Tampines Rovers
Tiong Bahru United
No 3rd-place play-off

Past results[edit]

Year Winners Runners-up Score in
Final
3rd place 4th place
2007 Woodlands Wellington Sengkang Punggol 4-0 Gombak United Home United
2008 Gombak United South Korea Super Reds 2-1 Balestier Khalsa Singapore Young Lions
2009 Brunei DPMM FC Singapore Armed Forces 1-1 (aet)
4-3 (pen)
Home United Woodlands Wellington
2010 France Étoile FC Woodlands Wellington 3-1 Sengkang Punggol Gombak United
2011 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Hougang United 0-0 (aet)
5-4 (pen)
Tampines Rovers Home United
2012 Brunei DPMM FC Geylang United 2-0 Singapore Armed Forces
Tampines Rovers
No 3rd-place play-off
2013 Balestier Khalsa Brunei DPMM FC 4-0 Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
Woodlands Wellington
No 3rd-place play-off
2014 Brunei DPMM FC Tanjong Pagar United 2-0 Hougang United
Geylang International
No 3rd-place play-off
2015 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Hougang United
Geylang International
No 3rd-place play-off
2016 Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Brunei DPMM FC 2-0 Home United
Tampines Rovers
No 3rd-place play-off

Plate Tournament[edit]

From 2012, a Plate Tournament was launched for the four teams that finished third in their respective groups.

Year Winners Runners-up Score
in Final
2012 Balestier Khalsa Singapore Young Lions 1-0
2013 Malaysia Harimau Muda B Singapore Young Lions 2-0
2014 Tampines Rovers Balestier Khalsa 3-0
2015 Not Held
2016 Geylang International Hougang United 2-1

Performance by Clubs[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years
Brunei DPMM FC
3
2
2009, 2012, 2014
Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
3
0
2011, 2015, 2016
Balestier Khalsa
1
1
2013
Woodlands Wellington
1
1
2007
Gombak United
1
0
2008
France Étoile FC
1
0
2010
Hougang United
0
2
Geylang International
0
1
Warriors FC
0
1
South Korea Super Reds
0
1
Tanjong Pagar United
0
1

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