News Singapore Premier League • June 21, 2021
2021 Singapore Premier League season to resume on 17 July
Tanjong Pagar United’s Rusyaidi Salime jostles with Young Lions’ Khairin Nadim, 10 April 2021
SINGAPORE, 21 JUNE 2021 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) released today the fixtures for the remainder of the 2021 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) season.
The updated schedule, which was made in agreement with all teams, will see the season resume on Saturday, 17 July 2021 with the first fixture of Game Week 12 seeing Tanjong Pagar United take on the Young Lions, a replay of the fixture from Game Week 9 that was abandoned due to inclement weather.
The current SPL season took a break after the final two matches of Game Week 11 on 23 May for the FIFA international window and was slated to resume on 2 July. However, following consultations with clubs, the fixtures have since been rescheduled to allow clubs to have at least two weeks of preparation time with their respective players who were called up for international duty with the Men’s National Team. These players were required to serve a Stay Home Notice upon their return to Singapore, which ends on 4 July.
This latest schedule will also allow for the League table to be balanced at the earliest possible opportunity, with all teams having played the same number of matches. This will be achieved after the final match of Game Week 12, which will see all teams having played a total of 12 matches each.
In addition, the changes were made in mind to cause minimal disruption to the League schedule as a result of Tampines Rovers’ involvement in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League 2021 (East) Group Stage from 25 June to 10 July in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. As of the time of this release, only one League match involving Tampines Rovers has been rescheduled – their fixture against Lion City Sailors (from 11 July to 4 August).
Cancellation of Singapore Cup
With the changes, the 2021 SPL season is projected to conclude on 2 October instead of 11 September as originally envisaged. Given the later completion date of the League, the Singapore Cup 2021 will be cancelled to ensure the Singapore Under-22s and the Lions can adequately prepare for their respective competitions, including the AFC Under-23 Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers, 2021 Southeast Asian Games and ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
Status of fan re-entry
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, all SPL matches will continue to be played behind closed doors, as has been the stance since 8 May. However, the FAS will continue to monitor prevailing measures in place and will decide the conditions for re-entry of SPL fans into match venues closer to the League’s resumption date.
SPL fans will be able to watch every match LIVE on broadcast at Singtel TV, StarHub TV and live streaming online via the SPL Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as the Facebook page of 1 Play Sports. Taking into account the fluid nature of the current situation regarding the AFC Cup fixtures, further changes may be expected to the SPL fixture schedule.