FAS ● Mar 08, 2021

Celebrating Women in Local Football


SINGAPORE, 8 MARCH 2021 – Meet the women of our local football scene – one story at a time. As part of an eight-installment feature to commemorate International Women’s Day, we will be celebrating women in the footballing fraternity by telling their individual stories in bite-sized format.


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“Football has thrown me more challenges in life than anything else, on and off field. It has made me stronger; physically, mentally and emotionally.


I hope that there will be progress towards gender equality. Having more women in leadership roles, giving them more support, and empowering them to make the right decisions for women’s football development in Singapore.” – ?ℎ??? ?ℎ??? (ℎ??ℎ??? ????????? ?????? ????ℎ ?? ?????????)


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“Football has given me the ability to grow as an individual. It has also helped me acquire a strong mentality and mindset when faced with challenges. Being in a team sport has also taught me the value of discipline and friendship.


I hope that we will be able to have a bigger pool of players for women’s football in Singapore, such as increasing the number of schools integrating women’s football as one of their co-curricular activities in school. It would also be great to witness more athletes getting the opportunity to hone their talents beyond Singapore.


On the national team front, I hope that overseas training tours will be implemented to provide players with the opportunity to travel abroad to pit themselves against opponents of various playing standards. It would also help them acclimatise to the weather if the competition is held in a non-tropical country, whilst also helping them gain international recognition. Participation in international friendly matches would also help them gain relevant exposure and experience that would hopefully lift the overall playing standard and performance of women’s football in Singapore.


Effort will never betray us. And we need to remember that wherever life takes us, we got this!” – ???? ??????? (???????? ???? ?????? ????? ????????)


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“From neighbourhood kick-abouts at the void decks as a child, to whistling at the world stage today – this has been my footballing journey thus far.


Playing football gave me the honour to represent Singapore on the international stage. Refereeing allowed me to continue doing so even after I hung up my playing boots.


Both playing and refereeing the game has given me the opportunity to forge beautiful friendships with the people I have met and worked with, both locally and internationally.


The memories made throughout my journey is something that I will hold close to my heart forever. Being part of a team, together with the amazing experiences and values that I have gained, has allowed me to grow and made me the person I am today. I couldn’t be more grateful for it.


My hope for women’s football in Singapore is to see more women getting involved in various aspects of the footballing landscape; whether it is playing, refereeing, or even in football management or administration.” – ??????? ????? (???? ???????)


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“Football was there for me during the toughest periods of my life. Other than having fun through playing football, I also picked up life skills such as grit and the value of teamwork. I was fortunate to have caught the France vs USA quarter-final at the Women’s World Cup 2019 where I experienced the electrifying atmosphere, the battle of the loudest cheers and chants between the supporters, and the fully packed stadium filled with families – men and women clad in their favourite women footballers’ jerseys. That sparked in me the desire to do something for the sport, especially in Asia. Hopefully, with Soccer Girl Goals, we too can pass on that spark to more people in our generation and the next, and we’ll soon be able to experience the same World Cup atmosphere in women’s football in our region.” – ???????? ??? ???? ??? (???????? ?? ?????? ???? ?????)


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“Football is a beautiful game. I had the privilege of playing against some of Asia’s finest alongside some of the best teammates and coaches one could ever ask for. I came to appreciate what raw talent and sheer hard work can produce by looking at women footballers around the world. Watching Thailand perform so admirably against Sweden in France was definitely something special. As I grew older and became a senior player, I came to truly appreciate the significance of how injury prevention programmes and diligent gym work can help to keep players performing week in, week out on the pitch. On the flip side, football can also tear you apart physically, emotionally and mentally. Competing for club and country was one heck of a learning journey that has no doubt helped shape the player I eventually came to be, and led me to choose, love and cherish the job I do today.


The evolution of women in sport has been immense over the last couple of years. The speed at which women’s football in particular has grown globally is equally astonishing. Anyone who has watched the last two Women’s World Cup can tell that the standard of play has skyrocketed, leading to a substantial increase in coverage of professional women’s football in USA and Europe. My hope for women’s football in Singapore is for the team to compete and be successful in the SEA Games consistently.


Needless to say, there needs to be a strong direction and a lot of hard work put into achieving this. An increase in the local talent pool at grassroots level and quality of coaching at schools and clubs will allow for stronger leagues wherein positive competition encourages the drive to improve, which can subsequently help boost the calibre of the national team. It is a long shot and it may take more than a few years, but a long shot doesn’t mean it is impossible.” – ?ℎ??????? ??? (??-?????????????)


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“Football has boosted my confidence on and off the field, helping me become a better role model especially for my sons who are actively involved in football too. I can relate and share my experiences as well as knowledge with him and his teammates.


Football has also helped close the gender inequality gap, as we have come a long way from the time where it was seen solely as a men’s sport. That social stigma has since eased and women are now a lot more empowered to take up this sport.


I hope to see more women participating and showing continual support for women’s football as this is a critical component in providing opportunities for the next generation.” – ???????? ????? (????ℎ??)


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“Li Xian started playing football in kindergarten, and we have since watched her train and compete in local and international tournaments. Through football, we bonded and became very close. It was a joy to watch her grow from a little girl trying to follow in the footsteps of her two older brothers chasing after a ball clumsily, to a confident young lady with a mean kick.


In Houston, where we lived for about three years, we were known as Soccer Mom and Soccer Dad. We had lots of fun travelling to different football fields every weekend and getting to know other like-minded parents who were there to support their children. The football academy at Houston had a very good developmental program for children aspiring to be football players. We hope that Singapore will also be able to create a similar environment and system to develop and nurture our aspiring footballers.


We also hope that our women’s national team will eventually be funded and given similar priority as the men’s national team.” ??? ?ℎ??? ???? and ??? ???? ???? & (??????? ?? ?????’? ???????? ???? ??????, ??? ?? ????)



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“The progression of women’s football has made me believe that anything is possible with faith, even if it’s as tiny as an atom. To me, who I am as a person off the field has to align with who I am on the field because nothing is supposed to change. You are still you. The values I uphold are still the same. Women’s football taught me to be resilient, and to always believe in myself. That is certainly not possible without the guidance of the individuals I’ve met along the way. With that, I hope to see more girls being empowered whilst adopting a positive mindset as it is critical for their growth. I believe that football will guide these girls like how it did with me, and I am very grateful for that.” – ????? ???? ????? ??ℎ????? ???ℎ??? (?????? ?? ?????????? ??? ???????? ????)