Press Releases ● Jul 03, 2018

Youth Development Takes Centre Stage in Inter-School Futsal Challenge


SINGAPORE, 3 JULY 2018: In line with the Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) objectives of developing youth players and increasing participation at the grassroots level, the inaugural Singapore Pools-FAS Inter-School Futsal Challenge (ISFC) officially kicked off today with an opening ceremony at Our Tampines Hub.


The ISFC is Singapore’s largest school futsal tournament organised for the Under-10 and Under-14 age-groups with the support of Singapore Pools and the Ministry of Education.


The Under-10s tournament will take place from 3 July to 18 July 2018 with 44 teams from 37 participating primary schools, while the Under-14s competition is scheduled to kick off in August.


Besides providing more playing opportunities, a key focus of this tournament is to instil positive values in youths who are at the crucial stage of development. Young Lions captain Taufiq Muqminin, Justin Hui from Hougang United FC and Warriors FC’s Mukundan Maran have been selected as the ISFC Values Ambassadors to highlight the importance of the identified values – Respect, Teamwork and Passion.


These values have been identified as key for children at this stage of development and will be encouraged throughout the tournament.


FAS Deputy President Mr Bernard Tan said: “We are firmly of the belief that sports can go a long way in educating youths with many opportunities to pick up valuable lessons. From the way they play the game, to the way they treat their teammates and opponents, there are numerous lessons to be learnt on and off the pitch. It is with that in mind that we have decided to bring these values to the forefront in this competition.”


Added Singapore Pools, CEO, Mr Seah Chin Siong, “Singapore Pools has been a long-term supporter in our community to build a passion for sports and sporting excellence. We are delighted to partner FAS on this meaningful journey to impart values through futsal to our youths.”