Lions coach raises U-23 rule issue

Yoshida says some players did not play enough with their SPL clubs

Tatsuma Yoshida.
Saifullah Akbar.
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Three years on from a rule that was designed to blood fresh talent into Singapore football, could the Singapore Premier League (SPL)'s Under-23 ruling finally come under review and be jettisoned?

National coach Tatsuma Yoshida has told The Straits Times that he has given his feedback to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on the much-maligned rule, which was implemented in 2018 and stipulates that each local team must field three U-23 players in the starting line-up and an U-23 player must be replaced by another if it is a first-half switch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2021, with the headline Lions coach raises U-23 rule issue. Subscribe