Press Releases ● Apr 24, 2015

FIFA, AFC And JFA Agree To Venue Switch For Singapore-Japan World Cup Qualifer On 16 June


SINGAPORE, 24 APRIL 2015: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is pleased to announce that the Japan Football Association (JFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and football’s world governing body FIFA have agreed to switch the venues for the World Cup qualifying matches between Singapore and Japan on 16 June 2015 and 12 November 2015.

The switch means that the June 16 fixture will now be an away game for Singapore, and will be played at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in Japan. Correspondingly, the 12 November return match will be played in Singapore.

The FAS had made the request for the switch as the 16 June game clashes with the closing ceremony of the South-east Asian Games.

Said FAS President Zainudin Nordin: “We would like to thank FIFA, the AFC and JFA for understanding our circumstances with regard to the World Cup qualifying game on 16 June, and agreeing to our request to play the match in Japan.

“We look forward to hosting Japan on 12 November. It will be a major treat for all Singapore and Japan fans, and we are confident it will draw a strong crowd.”

Singapore have been drawn with Cambodia, Afghanistan, Syria and Japan in Group E of the Asian World Cup qualifiers. Its first match against Cambodia on 11 June is also an away fixture.