Club Licensing

Club Licensing was first introduced to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2011 as a list of basic criteria for S.League clubs to participate in Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Club Competitions such as the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.

With the assistance of the AFC, Club Licensing has since grown in stature and is now a critical component in the strategic plans of the FAS for our clubs’ constant development and improved governance.

With the rebranding of our professional football league from the ‘S.League’ to the ‘Singapore Premier League’, there is a much greater emphasis on Club Licensing as this key developmental tool has become a fundamental consideration in key decisions that our clubs make and how they operate to improve the standards with the football eco-system in Singapore.

As part of our continuous effort to raise the standards of football in Singapore and increase the level of professionalism, the FAS will embark on introducing Club Licensing to the National Football League (NFL) in 2019.


By implementing Club Licensing System, football clubs are benefitted by:

  • Developing strong governance and organisational structures
  • Implementing stable financial management and reporting
  • Improving technical standards of coaches and clubs
  • Increasing reliability, credibility and integrity of the clubs and league
  • Promoting and continuously improving the standard of football
  • Engaging qualified coaches
  • Encouraging youth development
  • Improving infrastructure facilities
  • Improving the clubs’ administration, management and organisation.
  • Raising economic and financial standing of the clubs through effective marketing and commercial exploitation.

List of Licensed Clubs for 2018/2019 AFC/FAS Club Licensing Cycle:

Club Granted for AFC Granted for FAS/SPL
Balestier Khalsa FC Yes Yes
Geylang International FC Yes   Yes  
Home United FC Yes Yes
Hougang United FC Yes Yes  
Tampines Rovers FC Yes Yes  
Warriors FC NoYes

List of Members in Club Licensing Administration:

Name Role
Aloysius Emmanuel Vetha MA Club Licensing Manager
Chua Chin Kok MA Assistant Club Licensing Manager
Yusri Umar MA Club Licensing Administration

List of Members in First Instance Body (FIB):

Name Role
Mr. Mohamed Muzammil Mohamed Chairman
Mr. Gerard Christopher Deputy Chairman
Ms. Ismarina Ismail Member
Mr. Varatha Rajan Member

List of Members in Appeal Body (AB):

Name Role
Mr. Navindraram Naidu Chairman
Mr. Balasubramaniam Janamanchi Deputy Chairman
Mr. Mahipal Singh Member


  1. 2019 SPL Club Licensing Core Process Timeline
  2. AFC Club Licensing Quality Standard
  3. AFC Club Licensing Regulations (Edition 2016)
  4. FAS Club Licensing Regulations 2019/2020
  5. List of Licensed Clubs for the 2019 AFC Champions League
  6. List of Licensed Clubs for the 2019 AFC Cup