News Singapore Premier League • October 9, 2020

2020 SPL season to resume on 17 October


SINGAPORE, 9 OCTOBER 2020 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is delighted to confirm that the current 2020 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) season is scheduled to resume on 17 October.


The approval to resume the SPL season was announced earlier today by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). Tanjong Pagar United will host Balestier Khalsa at Jurong East Stadium while Tampines Rovers play Hougang United at Our Tampines Hub next Saturday, 17 October. Then on Sunday, 18 October, the Lion City Sailors then welcome Geylang International at Bishan Stadium and the Young Lions face Albirex Niigata (S) at Jurong West Stadium to round off the weekend’s fixtures.


The 2020 season has been on hiatus since being suspended on 24 March this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent safe management measures. Teams were only allowed to resume training – albeit in small groups – in mid June. This was further extended to full training on 1 September, which was a significant step towards resuming competitive action.

With this approval to resume, the League is on track to be completed by the end of the calendar year. This will be
made possible as the format of the tournament has been revised to two rounds from the original three, meaning that each club will face each other only twice. This year’s Singapore Cup has also been annulled in order to facilitate the League’s completion. 


The remaining matches will be played behind closed doors with only essential match-day personnel, including medical staff, to be present onsite. While SPL fans will not be allowed into the stadium venues, they will still be able to catch the action LIVE as every match will be broadcast on Singtel TV, StarHub TV and myCujoo as well as streamed online via the SPL and 1 Play Sports Facebook pages 



As part of preparations for the SPL’s restart, a total of 223 players from the eight local-based clubs and SPL match officials underwent the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test and all the results have come back negative. As part of the resumption protocols, these tests will be conducted every two weeks for the same group of personnel. 


FAS President Lim Kia Tong, said: “We are extremely pleased with the decision announced by MCCY on the resumption of the SPL. This is an outcome that the FAS and the SPL clubs, along with Sport Singapore and the relevant government authorities, have worked tirelessly towards in recent weeks. Our utmost thanks and appreciation go out to the various government agencies who have helped in making the resumption happen.  


Since the league was suspended, our SPL players and staff have endeavoured to maintain their physical and match fitness and morale despite only being allowed to resume small-group training in mid-June and full training on 1 September. That marked a significant step towards resuming competitive action and now that there is a definitive timeline for resumption, I am sure they are all raring to go again. While we would have loved for supporters to be allowed into the stadiums so that they can cheer on their favourite teams, I am sure that they will understand the need for these precautions and that they will continue to support the SPL by watching the games on television or online. The FAS will ensure that all the necessary Covid19 safe protocols are strictly adhered to, to ensure the smooth restart of the League and hopes it will pave the way for more local sports leagues and events to resume.”  


On the subject of reigning SPL champions Brunei DPMM’s participation status for this season, Mr Lim said: “Brunei DPMM FC has been an integral part of our League for years and their continued participation on its resumption is very much treasured. Currently, they are a part of the competition format on resumption. We have provided Brunei DPMM FC with an option of having their matches played in Singapore considering the recommended protocols. We await their response by Monday 12 October after which we will make the necessary preparations for the resumption. We remain hopeful that they will provide a favourable reply to our proposal. 


The season will pick up from where it left off with Tampines Rovers at the top of the standings with nine points from four games, followed by Geylang International and Albirex Niigata (S) with six and five points respectively from three games each.


The full list of fixtures for the remainder of the 2020 SPL season can be found below and here:

(Accurate as of 9 October 2020)

Matchday  Day  Date  Home Team  Away Team  M/No  Venue  Time  Remarks 
5  Sat  17-Oct  Tanjong Pagar United FC  Balestier Khalsa FC  29  Jurong East  5.30pm  Bye for Brunei DPMM FC 
Tampines Rovers FC  Hougang United FC  30  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm 
Sun  18-Oct  Lion City Sailors FC  Geylang International FC  31  Bishan  5.30pm 
Young Lions  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  32  Jurong West  5.30pm 
6  Sat  24-Oct  Geylang International FC  Balestier Khalsa FC  17  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm  Bye for Tampines Rovers FC 
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Lion City Sailors FC  18  Jurong East  5.30pm 
Sun  25-Oct  Hougang United FC  Brunei DPMM FC  19  Hougang  5.30pm 
Young Lions  Tanjong Pagar United FC  20  Jurong West  5.30pm 
Mon  26-Oct             
Tue  27-Oct             
Wed  28-Oct  Lion City Sailors FC  Brunei DPMM FC  2  Bishan  7.45pm   
7  Sat  31-Oct  Tampines Rovers FC  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  21  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm  Bye for Balestier Khalsa FC 
Brunei DPMM FC  Geylang International FC  22  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm 
Sun  1-Nov  Lion City Sailors FC  Young Lions  23  Bishan  5.30pm 
Tanjong Pagar United FC  Hougang United FC  24  Jurong East  5.30pm 
Mon  2-Nov             
Tue  3-Nov             
Wed  4-Nov  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Brunei DPMM FC  9  Jurong East  7.45pm   
8  Sat  7-Nov  Balestier Khalsa FC  Brunei DPMM FC  25  Bishan  5.30pm  Bye for Albirex Niigata FC (S) 
Geylang International FC  Tanjong Pagar United FC  26  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm 
Sun  8-Nov  Hougang United FC  Lion City Sailors FC  27  Hougang  5.30pm 
Young Lions  Tampines Rovers FC  28  Jurong West  5.30pm 
9  Wed  11-Nov  Brunei DPMM FC  Tanjong Pagar United FC  33  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm  Bye for Young Lions 
Balestier Khalsa FC  Lion City Sailors FC  34  Bishan  7.45pm 
Hougang United FC  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  35  Hougang  7.45pm 
Geylang International FC  Tampines Rovers FC  36  Our Tampines Hub  7.45pm 
10  Sun  15-Nov  Hougang United FC  Young Lions  37  Hougang  5.30pm  Bye for Tanjong Pagar United FC  
Brunei DPMM FC  Lion City Sailors FC  38  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm 
Mon  16-Nov  Geylang International FC  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  39  Our Tampines Hub  7.45pm 
Balestier Khalsa FC  Tampines Rovers FC  40  Bishan  7.45pm 
11  Sat  21-Nov  Tampines Rovers FC  Brunei DPMM FC  41  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm  Bye for Hougang United FC  
Young Lions  Geylang International FC  42  Jurong West  5.30pm 
Sun  22-Nov  Lion City Sailors FC  Tanjong Pagar United FC  43  Bishan  5.30pm 
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Balestier Khalsa FC  44  Jurong East  5.30pm 
12  Wed  25-Nov  Geylang International FC  Hougang United FC  45  Our Tampines Hub  7.45pm  Bye for Lion City Sailors FC  
Tanjong Pagar United FC  Tampines Rovers FC  46  Jurong East  7.45pm 
Balestier Khalsa FC  Young Lions  47  Bishan  7.45pm 
Brunei DPMM FC  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  48  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm 




Sat  28-Nov  Lion City Sailors FC  Tampines Rovers FC  14  Bishan  5.30pm  Bye for Geylang International FC  
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Tanjong Pagar United FC  49  Jurong East  5.30pm 
Sun  29-Nov  Young Lions  Brunei DPMM FC  50  Jurong West  5.30pm 
Hougang United FC  Balestier Khalsa FC  51  Hougang  5.30pm 
Mon  30-Nov             
Tue  1-Dec             
Wed  2-Dec  Brunei DPMM FC  Young Lions  16  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm   
14  Sat  5-Dec  Lion City Sailors FC  Albirex Niigata FC (S)  54  Bishan  5.30pm  Bye for Tampines Rovers FC 
Brunei DPMM FC  Hougang United FC  55  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm 
Sun  6-Dec  Balestier Khalsa FC  Geylang International FC  53  Bishan  5.30pm 
Tanjong Pagar United FC  Young Lions  56  Jurong East  5.30pm 
15  Wed  9-Dec  Hougang United FC  Tanjong Pagar United FC  57  Hougang  7.45pm  Bye for Balestier Khalsa FC 
Young Lions  Lion City Sailors FC  58  Jurong West  7.45pm 
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Tampines Rovers FC  59  Jurong East  7.45pm 
Geylang International FC  Brunei DPMM FC  60  Our Tampines Hub  7.45pm 
16  Sat  12-Dec  Brunei DPMM FC  Balestier Khalsa FC  61  Bandar Seri Begawan  8.15pm  Bye for Albirex Niigata FC (S) 
Tampines Rovers FC  Young Lions  62  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm 
Sun  13-Dec  Tanjong Pagar United FC  Geylang International FC  63  Jurong East  5.30pm 
Lion City Sailors FC  Hougang United FC  64  Bishan  5.30pm 
17  Wed  16-Dec  Balestier Khalsa FC  Tanjong Pagar United FC  65  Bishan  7.45pm  Bye for Brunei DPMM FC 
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Young Lions  66  Jurong East  7.45pm 
Hougang United FC  Tampines Rovers FC  67  Hougang  7.45pm 
Geylang International FC  Lion City Sailors FC  68  Our Tampines Hub  7.45pm 
18  Sat  19-Dec  Tanjong Pagar United FC  Brunei DPMM FC  69  Jurong East  5.30pm  Bye for Young Lions 
Lion City Sailors FC  Balestier Khalsa FC  71  Bishan  5.30pm 
Albirex Niigata FC (S)  Hougang United FC  70  Jurong East  5.30pm 
Tampines Rovers FC  Geylang International FC  72  Our Tampines Hub  5.30pm