Women’s Premier League ● Mar 08, 2024

2024 Deloitte Women’s Premier League Club Guide

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Sailors and Tiong Bahru will play the WPL 2024 opener match at 5pm tomorrow at Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

 

SINGAPORE, 8 MARCH 2024The 2024 Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) season kicks off this weekend! Let’s take a look at the nine clubs that are participating in the 23rd season of the domestic top-flight women’s game.

 

 

ALBIREX NIIGATA (S)

Seasons: 3
Nickname: White Swans
Training Ground: Jurong East Stadium
Highest finish: 2nd (2022, 2023)
Head Coach: Kitahara Kana
Captain: Rosnani Azman
Social media: Instagram
Foreign players: Yuki Monden, Manami Fukuzawa
Players to look out for: Kitahara Kana, Ernie Sulastri, Izzati Rosni, Lila Tan, Dhaniyah Qasimah, Rosnani Azman

 

The White Swans appear to be on a mission this year, as they gear up to dominate the competition with a powerhouse squad. With Singapore internationals like Izzati Rosni, Ernie Sulastri, Lila Tan,National Team captain Rosnani Azman, WPL 2023 Young Player of the Year winner Dhaniyah Qasimah as well as the formidable duo of former Tanjong Pagar stars Yuki Monden and Manami Fukazawa, who collectively netted an impressive 19 goals in 2023, they’re setting their sights on nothing less than victory. 

 

And with the icing on the cake being none other than Kitahara Kana, WPL 2023 Player of the Year, taking the helm as both player and head coach, their path to glory is paved with undeniable flair and ambition.

 

 

BALESTIER KHALSA

Seasons: 3
Nickname: Tigresses
Training Ground: Toa Payoh Stadium
Highest finish: 5th (2022)
Head Coach: Stephen Rajah
Captain: Nurul Fatin Muhamad Shukran
Social media:  Instagram
Foreign players: Oihana Marine Dany
Players to look out for: Eguzkine Calzada, Nuriliana Alias

 

Balestier Khalsa enters the 2024 Women’s Premier League season with a fresh squad, having made a complete overhaul from the previous campaign. Under the helm of new head coach and former S.League player for now-defunct Sembawang Rangers, Stephen Rajah, the team is poised for a new direction. Notably, 56-year-old midfielder Eguzkine Calzada stands out among the new faces, boasting over a decade of experience in the Women’s Premier League. 

 

With a blend of youth and experience such as Nurul Fatin (previously from Tanjong Pagar United) and Eva Rushdina (previously from BG Tampines Rovers), reflected in their average squad age of just 20, the Tigresses are ready to make their mark. After finishing 5th last season, they are determined to exceed expectations as they commence their campaign against Tiong Bahru on March 23, 2024.

 

 

 

HOUGANG UNITED

Seasons: 3
Nickname: Cheetahs
Training Ground: Hougang Stadium
Highest finish: 3rd (2023)
Head Coach: Sivaraj Geevananthan
Captain: Raudhah Kamis
Social media: Instagram
Foreign players: Riddle Reneelyn Sison, Sydney Hector
Players to look out for: Angelyn Pang, Izyani Noorghani, Raudhah Kamis, Nicole Lim, Sitianiwati Rosielin

 

Despite a tough run in 2022, the Cheetahs roared back in 2023, securing a solid top-three finish, and their quest for the top prize continues. With Head Coach Sivaraj Geevananthan leading the charge, and Lionesses Raudhah Kamis, Nicole Lim, and Sitianiwati Rosielin on board, alongside seasoned national footballers Angelyn Pang and Izyani Noorghani, Hougang United FC is set to mount a strong challenge this 2024 season. 

 

 

LION CITY SAILORS

Seasons: 3
Nickname: Sailors
Training Ground: Mattar Road
Highest finish: 1st (2022, 2023)
Head Coach: Daniel Ong
Captain: Umairah Hamdan
Social media: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
Foreign players: Madison Josephine Telmer, Miray Hokotate Altun, Sara Hayduchok, Laura Gaenser
Players to look out for: Umairah Hamdan, Cara Chang, Josephine Ang, Qarissa Putri, Sarah Zu’risqha

 

The reigning champions have seen significant changes in players and leadership during the off-season, including the introduction of a new head coach and a revamped playing squad. However, their primary goal remains unaltered: to fiercely defend their title. 

 

This season, all eyes are on the team’s emerging talents, particularly young Lionesses Cara Chang and Josephine Ang, who ascended from the Sailors’ Girls Academy and previously competed in the second-tier Women’s National League (WNL) with Mattar Sailors. With Lioness goalkeeper coach Daniel Ong at the helm, the Sailors are poised to defend their title against all comers. 

 

 

STILL AERION WOMEN’S

Seasons: 15 (Previously known as Arion Football Academy)
Nickname: –
Training Ground: Bukit Gombak Stadium
Highest finish: 2nd (2008, 2016)
Head Coach: Jeremy Chiang
Captain: Fonda Chai
Social media: Instagram
Foreign players: Lauren Reese, Srangthaisong Sunisa, Yongkul Uraipom, Carmen Calisto
Players to look out for: Carmen Calisto, Mira Ruzana Seherzan, Pamela Kong

 

Still Aerion Women’s remains the longest-standing women-only club in Singapore, boasting an impressive 14-season tenure in the WPL since 2006. With a blend of youthful vigour, showcased by talents like Carmen Calisto, Still Aerion’s top scorer in the 2023 season, and Lioness Mira Ruzana along with the foreign experience of Thai internationals Sunisa Srangthaisong and Uraiphon Yongkul, Still Aerion Women’s is ready to make their mark with former S.League (now Singapore Premier League) player Jeremy Chiang as head coach.  

 

 

TANJONG PAGAR UNITED

Seasons: 4
Nickname: Jaguars
Training Ground: Queenstown Stadium
Highest finish: 1st (2012)
Head Coach: Samawira Basri
Captain: Nuriah Mohd Noor
Social media:  Instagram
Foreign players: Miki Ayaka
Players to look out for: Adrianna Hazeri, Nuriah Mohd Noor, Miki Ayaka

 

In a strategic shift for the season, Tanjong Pagar has embraced a primarily homegrown roster, with only one foreign player included. Spearheaded by former Lion and 2019 WPL Coach of the Year winner, Samawira Basri, the Jaguars embark on this new chapter with optimism and determination, as they aim to break into the top three of the 2024 season.

 

 

 

TIONG BAHRU

Seasons: 3
Nickname: N.A.
Training Ground: Woodlands Stadium (Wednesday), St Wilfred (Sunday)
Highest finish: 6th
Head Coach: Loh Ngiap Tai
Captain(s): Ho Wen Jin and Agatha Widjaya
Social media: Instagram
Foreign players: Larissa Anna Ortmann, Helena Constantinou
Players to look out for: Agatha Widjaya, Larissa Anna Ortmann, Helena Constantinou

 

Tiong Bahru is determined to climb out of the bottom rankings from last year under the continued leadership of Head Coach Loh Ngiap Tai, who is entering his second year at the helm. The team has enlisted a complete squad of 25 players, with Larissa Anna Ortmann, who boast 30 years of football experience, and Helena Constantinou joining the ranks to strengthen the team’s depth and capabilities.

 

 

BG TAMPINES ROVERS

Seasons: 2
Nickname: Stags
Training Ground:
Last finish: 8th
Head Coach: Faizal Zainuddin
Captain: Iffah Amrin
Social media:  Facebook | Instagram
Foreign players: Priscille Le Helloco, Victoria Sarka, Anaya

Players to look out for: Darvina Halini, Victoria Sarka, Nurhidayu Naszri

 

Following their 8th place finish last year, now known as BG Tampines Rovers, the club is setting higher goals for their second season. Faizal Zainuddin, previously JSSL’s Head of Elite Programme, now assumes the role of head coach after serving as the team’s technical advisor. New signings from the Police Sports Association, such as former captain Darvina Halini and goal scorer Victoria Sarka, have bolstered the squad. Key players like French forward Priscille Le Helloco, who led in both assists and goals last season, and Lioness Nurhidayu Naszri, who set to make a comeback to the pitch after recovering from a year-long ACL injury, remain pivotal as the team focuses on improving their performance.

 

 

GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL

Seasons: 2
Nickname: Eagles
Training Ground:
Highest finish: 9th
Head Coach: Ratna Suffian
Captain: Mastura Jeilani
Social media: Facebook | Instagram
Foreign players: Maeva Lazorthes Pedauga, Olliana Davies
Players to look out for: Mastura Jeilani, Farah Nurzahirah, Farhanah Ruhaizat, Charlotte Chong

 

After making their debut last year, Geylang captured hearts with their sportsmanship, clinching the WPL Fairplay Award last year. Former Balestier coach and Lioness assistant coach Ratna Suffian has switched allegiance to Geylang, bringing his expertise to the team, with former Balestier Khalsa midfielder and Lioness Mastura Jeilani leading as captain. She will be supported by experienced forwards Lioness Farhanah Ruhaizat and former international Erma Ellyana, alongside rising stars Farah Nurzahirah, who memorably scored on her senior debut for the Lionesses last July, and Under-16 standout Charlotte Chong, as the Eagles prove determined to break free from previous setbacks and soar to new heights. 

 

 

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