Women’s Premier League ● Feb 22, 2024

Deloitte Women’s Premier League 2024 set to return on 9 March

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The 2024 season will kick off with defending WPL champions facing Tiong Bahru on Saturday, 9 March, at 5pm. 

 

SINGAPORE, 22 FEBRUARY 2024 – The 23rd season of the Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) is set to return on Saturday, 9 March 2024, with nine teams battling for honours across 18 matchdays. This follows the withdrawal of the Police Sports Association (PSA) that finished 5th in the 2023 WPL.

 

The 2024 season will open on 9 March with defending WPL champions, Lion City Sailors, facing Tiong Bahru at 5 pm. Subsequently, at 7.30 pm, Hougang United will take on Tampines Rovers.

 

Ahead of the new season, teams were keen to bolster their squads. For instance, the Sailors made significant additions to their WPL squad, promoting seven players from their Women’s National League (WNL) side, Mattar Sailors. Additionally, they secured the signings of two promising teenagers: Qarissa Putri Ramadhani, formerly from Tanjong Pagar United, and Nur Sarah Zu’risqha from Albirex Niigata (S).

 

The action continues on Sunday, 10 March, featuring a clash between Tanjong Pagar and Still Aerion Women’s at 5 pm, followed by a match between WPL 2023 first runner-up, Albirex Niigata (S), and Geylang International at 7.30 pm to conclude Matchday 1.

 

Albirex Niigata (S) has also implemented several key changes to their lineup, notably appointing Kana Kitahara, WPL 2023’s top scorer and Player of the Year, to assume a dual role: as Albirex Niigata (S)’s player and Head Coach.

 

The 36-year-old former Japan international is approaching her new responsibilities with excitement, saying: “Taking on a dual role as player/coach presents a significant opportunity for my personal growth. While undoubtedly challenging, it’s a chance to push limits and enhance my skills on and off the field.

 

“I hope to lead [Albirex Niigata (S)] to victory and become champions. Off the pitch, given the recent hype and enhanced investment into women’s football, I aspire to inspire and promote the vibrant and enthusiastic community around women’s football in Singapore.”

 

The 2024 season will see WPL 2023 Player of the Year Kana Kitahara take on a dual role as Albirex Niigata (S)’s player and Head Coach. Photo Credit: Albirex Niigata (S)

 

With nine teams participating in this edition, one club will receive a bye each matchday. Balestier Khalsa is the team that will have a bye on the first matchday; the Tigresses will play their season opener against Tiong Bahru in Matchday 2 on Saturday, 23 March 2024.

 

To accommodate international commitments, the league will take breaks during FIFA International Windows. The full schedule of fixtures can be found here.

 

There is free admission to all WPL matches.

 

Regulations remain the same, with teams allowed to register up to 25 players, with a maximum of four foreigners. Full details on rules and regulations can be found here.

 

Deloitte Singapore will continue to be the league’s title sponsor for the third year running, with the WPL prize pool remaining unchanged. The league champions will be awarded S$25,000, while the first and second runners-up will receive S$10,000 and S$7,500 respectively.

 

Fans can follow updates of the league on the WPL’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as on the league’s official website.

 

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