|(L-R) VP Teo Hock Seng, AGS Yazeen Buhari, P Lim Kia Tong, Dy P Bernand Tan, VP S Thavaneson|
LONG TERM PLANNING IS THE KEY ...
In a press release issued shortly after the event, Mr Lim explained:"These are wide-ranging changes we are implementing to gear the league towards building a broader base to enable our National Team to succeed... because this allows for greater stability and will encourage the clubs to develop longer-term plans,"
With the imposing of such unorthodox competition rules, the league authority decided to impose the following measures (as shown below) during any match being played.
|reproduced from handout given at press conference|
While clubs like defending champions Albirex Niigata (Singapore) and national developmental squad Young Lions are not subject to the above ruling, it is understood, however, the Yuhua-based Japanese club is to abide to a different criteria.
|FAS president Lim Kia Tong|
Nonetheless, it was informed the discussion on the new ruling is still well underway with another foreign club Brunei DPMM.
"YO-YO" TO REPLACE 2.4KM RUN ...
Other changes to be introduced in the upcoming season, which is scheduled to kick off on the 31st of March 2018 with the repeat of this season's opener between Albirex and Tampines Rovers at the National Stadium, is the replacement of 2.4km run with the "Yo-yo" test to gauge the fitness of the players.
With emphasis of fitness on the players, it is mandated that every club must engage a fitness coach who will work closely with the FAS' fitness department to improve this aspect.
5.30PM KO ON WEEKENDS ...
In addition, all games in the upcoming season will be played on weekends at 5.30pm in a move to allow fans to watch some local football actions at their neighbourhood stadiums before given ample time to head home for more football actions on their televisions at night.
|FAS VP S Thavaneson explains some of the new measures|
Furthermore, this blogger also understood that clubs will be given more autonomy in organizing activities at their home matches with details to be announced on a later timing.
NOT MORE "S.LEAGUE"?
When asked to confirm if there will be any change of the name to the local professional league, FAS vice-president Mr S Thavaneson hinted they don't rule out the "possibility" of it but while it is something not critical, it is still under discussion.