Replies to Media ● Nov 07, 2019

FAS’ response to query on Under-18 National Team’s performance in AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers


“The result of the Singapore Under-18 National Team’s defeat to Korea Republic in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship Qualifiers yesterday evening was disappointing but a true reflection of the gulf between us and one of the best teams in Asia.

“There is a huge difference in technical ability, physical attributes and the type of domestic and international exposure both teams have. Apart from these differences, we have to look at all areas of our football landscape, namely how we develop our young footballers, what pathway they have, coaching methods used and the frequency of which our players are able to participate in more competitive matches against high-calibre opponents in order to develop further. There is also much room for improvement in terms of physical and mental conditioning, which was evident last night.

“I have joined FAS to make sure the youth development improves significantly and players representing Singapore will do so in a very competitive manner, challenging the best teams in Asia. That is something I am determined to do. I have identified areas that need changing and together with the fraternity, I will be making these changes for the betterment of football in Singapore. This won’t be a quick fix but one that will have a structure that will last for the future in developing our players in an elite manner.

“In the meantime, we will support our players and coaching staff in learning from this experience at the Qualifiers. We have another two tough matches coming up, with China on Friday, and the boys know they are capable of improved performances in this campaign.”

– FAS Technical Director Joseph Palatsides