Football: Brand new Singapore Premier League ready for kick-off

With emphasis on youth, football fraternity is excited about the start of the new SPL season

Players and officials from the football clubs at the rebranding of the S-League to the Singapore Premier League last week. Youth development will be a central focus for the league from this season onwards.
Players and officials from the football clubs at the rebranding of the S-League to the Singapore Premier League last week. Youth development will be a central focus for the league from this season onwards.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

After a coat of paint and major renovation works, the new Singapore Premier League (SPL), known as the S-League from 1996-2017, will open for business today.

With a clear emphasis on youth, the fraternity is looking forward to the rebirth of the country's only professional sports competition, starting with the Great Eastern Community Shield game between Albirex Niigata and Tampines Rovers at the National Stadium today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'Refreshed and reborn'. Print Edition | Subscribe