Football: FAS technical director Michel Sablon unveils development project to revamp Singapore football

Football Association of Singapore (FAS) technical director Michel Sablon unveiled the FAS' development plan for 2016 and beyond in a presentation on Monday (May 30).
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) technical director Michel Sablon unveiled the FAS' development plan for 2016 and beyond in a presentation on Monday (May 30).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Football Association of Singapore (FAS) technical director Michel Sablon unveiled the FAS' development plan for 2016 and beyond in a presentation on Monday (May 30).

Belgian Sablon, credited for the rise of his country's football, was appointed in April last year and spent the past 12 months observing football at grassroots level before coming up with an expansive project to improve local football.

The goal, he said, was to develop "a Singaporean style of play in the next five to six years", defined as "fast passing offensive football based on a winning spirit".

The briefing was held at the Fullerton Hotel. In attendance were FAS president Zainudin Nordin, new national head coach V. Sundramoorthy, national youth teams head coach Richard Tardy and various grassroots coaches.

The blueprint is broken down into 11 components that include an overall philosophy, coaching education, a player's holistic development, as well as talent spotting for coaches. The playing system is an offensive 4-3-3 formation, which Sablon said is the way forward.

Partners for this project include the People's Association, Singapore Sports School, ActiveSG, the Health Promotion Board and the Ministry of Education.

A revamped youth competitions calendar, encompassing schools, Centres of Excellence and the Prime League fixtures is proposed to avoid clashing of competitions. Also in the works are a new coaching school and an enhanced sports science department.

While his predecessor Slobodan Pavkovic met with resistance when implementing his syllabus in 2010, Sablon called on all stakeholders to pull in the same direction and said: "Don't do this to your people. Do it for the future of your young players.

"This will take time, we've already started in various areas and you will start to see the results in three to five years."