National Teams – Age-group ● Jun 09, 2022
Singapore find out their group stage opponents for AFF youth tournaments
SINGAPORE, 9 JUNE 2022 – Youth international competitions are back on the football calendar for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic and Singapore is set to contend in three competitions organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) at the men’s Under-19, Under-16 as well as the women’s Under-18 level.
The draws were finalised earlier today at a ceremony conducted by the Football Association of Indonesia, who will host all three youth tournaments over the next two months. The Singapore youth teams will be focused on getting back to competitive action after facing limitations in training and regular playing time over the last three years as a result of the pandemic.
Men’s Under-19 National Team
Singapore have been drawn into Group B for the 2022 AFF U-19 Boys Championship that will be held from 2 to 15 July at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium in Bekasi, Indonesia. There, they will meet Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Timor-Leste in their 13th appearance of the regional tournament.
Singapore’s best-showing was in the inaugural edition in 2003 when they finished third by beating Vietnam 5-4 on penalties after playing to a 1-1 draw. Singapore will be led by Head Coach Fadzuhasny Juraimi.
Men’s Under-16 National Team
For the AFF Under-16 Boys Championship 2022, Singapore was drawn into Group A with Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The annual tournament will be held from 31 July to 13 August at the GBK Madya Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. The team will be helmed by Spanish Coach Ángel Toledano in his first undertaking of the Singaporean youth side.
Singapore last qualified for the knockout stage in 2011 after grabbing three comfortable group-stage wins against Vietnam (5-0), the Philippines (5-0) and Cambodia (4-0), before eventually finishing fourth. Midfielder Adam Swandi was also the tournament’s top-scorer with five goals.
Women’s Under-18 National Team
Singapore, who are currently coached by former Lioness Chris Yip-Au, will meet Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in Group A of the AFF U-18 Women’s Championship that will take place from 22 July to 4 August at the Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia. The first-ever Under-18 tournament organised by the AFF for the women’s game will see a total of nine countries participating.