Youth Development ● Nov 18, 2023
FAS hosts U12 Girls’ Festival 2023
300 girls participated in the festival, November 2023.
SINGAPORE, 18 NOVEMBER 2023 – The rain may have brought the day to an early close, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic young girls who made the Under-12 Girls’ Festival a memorable experience.
300 girls showcased their passion for football as they took to the field for the Under-12 Girls’ Festival organized by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) last Friday (Nov 10). A total of 49 teams, comprising players from schools and academies, participated in small-sided games across three categories – Under-8s, Under-10s, and Under-12s. The teams also included individual registrations from the public and the FAS Girl Cubs programme.
The teams also included individual registrations from the public and the FAS Girl Cubs programme, November 2023.
The festival followed a round-robin format, with the top two teams advancing to the quarter and semi-finals, competing for a spot in the finals. However, the rain intervened, leading to its unfortunate premature conclusion. Azharudin Saidin, whose daughter Q’Syaira Emelda participated in the U12 category, shared his thoughts on the event, “The girls were definitely looking forward to the quarterfinals and maybe could have even made it to the finals if not for the rain.”
Aside from football, participants were also treated to some festival fun with free-flowing popcorn, ice creams and photobooth sessions, November 2023.
Despite the unexpected weather challenges, many parents and participants praised the efforts, including the recently concluded FAS Girls Cubs programme, aimed at promoting the love for the sport among girls. Ms. Delaina, whose daughter Juwairiah Nur Zawanah participated in the U8 category said: “Our only wish is that this isn’t a one-time event – we hope to take part in this event again next year.”
Singapore’s Women’s Team captain Rosnani Azman presenting medals to the FAS Girl Cubs U8 Team F, who was in second place in the Under-8 category, November 2023.
Even though the event concluded earlier than planned, the girls were treated to indoor fun, including a free flow of popcorn, ice cream, and photobooth sessions which had a green screen with inspirational football backgrounds. There was also a prize presentation for the top 4 positions in the U8 category, with medals presented by Lioness captain Rosnani Azman.
Technical Drector Mchael Browne concluded: “It was extremely pleasing to see so many young girls taking part in the event and they clearly enjoyed the whole experience. The enthusiasm demonstrated by parents in the stands showed that there is definitely a demand for girls’ football and the challenge is now to try and ensure that as many of these youngsters as possible continue to participate on a regular basis. Overall, it was a very successful day!”
Some of the girls at the ‘National Stadium’, November 2023.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE