Replies to Media ● Jun 02, 2020
FAS response to media query on restarting the Singapore Premier League post-circuit breaker
“The FAS has been in regular discussion with the SPL clubs since the league suspension, and these have continued throughout the Circuit Breaker period, either through conference or video calls. These engagement sessions with the clubs have focused mainly, amongst other matters, on how their players and staff have been coping during the Circuit Breaker period, as well as how the FAS can work together with the clubs to provide any assistance that they may require. These sessions allow us to be engaged and connected with the clubs, and to always keep them abreast of the necessary planning parameters in view of the suspension of football activities since March.
“Since the last few weeks, we have been rolling out online initiatives to further develop capabilities for club players and officials during this period. These include a range of online courses, webinars, workshops as well as communities of practice content to equip players, coaches and administrative staff with the necessary skill sets to be future-ready. Emphasis has also been placed on maintaining the optimum fitness levels of players with relevant and modified training routines.
“The FAS will continue to engage the clubs and keep them abreast on our meetings with the authorities, whilst taking note of their protocol requirements for the restart of the league. We will also take into account the need to provide the clubs with adequate time for players to be physically ready for competitive football when the league resumes.
“While the FAS has contingency plans to navigate towards an adequate completion of the 2020 domestic football calendar, especially in view of the year-end AFF Suzuki Cup, the fluid nature of the current COVID-19 situation and the national safety measures in place requires us to continue taking guidance from the relevant government agencies. In this aspect, the FAS is also engaging various stakeholders in formalising the COVID-19 Safety Protocols to be adopted for all professional and amateur domestic football activities whenever they are allowed to resume. In an opportune time, these will be shared with the clubs and to the public in detail.”
– FAS President Lim Kia Tong