Football: FAS to shut down its elite academy

Move aimed at widening talent pipeline, with youth players to be spread out among SPL clubs

Above: The FFA's pioneer batch enjoyed the most success, with (clockwise from top) Shahril Ishak, Baihakki Khaizan, Ridhuan Muhammad and Hassan Sunny all going on to become national team regulars. Left: It was the opposite story for the 2010 Youth Ol
It was the opposite story for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games bronze medal-winning cohort which caught the eye and imagination. Nonetheless, none have been capped by Singapore to date.PHOTO: SPH-SYOGOC

In a bid to refresh its youth system, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said yesterday that its elite FAS Football Academy (FFA) will be scrapped, with its players to continue their development at the various Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs.

In response to queries from the Sunday Times, FAS deputy president Bernard Tan said in an e-mail: "While the FFA has produced key players for the national team in the past 18 years, much of our youth development efforts were concentrated on a fairly narrow pipeline of elite players coming through.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'FAS to shut down its elite academy'. Subscribe