Football: Singapore Premier League's Under-23 rules will hinder Lions, says Sailors coach Vidmar

In the Lions' last fixture, a 2-1 win against Yemen in November 2019, there was no SPL player aged 23 or under in the starting line-up.
In the Lions' last fixture, a 2-1 win against Yemen in November 2019, there was no SPL player aged 23 or under in the starting line-up.PHOTO: BAHRAIN FA

SINGAPORE - It was touted as a game changer for Singapore football, a move to fix the dearth of young talent in the local game, but four years on from the implementation of the Under-23 rule in the Singapore Premier League (SPL), coaches and players have asked for a re-look at the rule.

Lion City Sailors head coach Aurelio Vidmar feels that the rule - which stipulates that each local team must field three U-23 players in the starting line-up - coupled with the SPL's new foreign player quota will prove to be detrimental to the national team.

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