SINGAPORE – The 2020 Singapore Premier League (SPL) season will kick off with the AIA Group Defend on Feb 22 (6pm) as champions Brunei DPMM tackle Komoco Motors Singapore Cup winners Tampines Rovers on the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The 25th season of the SPL will start on Feb 29 with Albirex Niigata internet hosting Geylang Global on the Jurong East Stadium, whilst House United face DPMM at Bishan Stadium.

9 groups will function this season, with Tanjong Pagar United rejoining the SPL after sitting out of the home skilled soccer league since 2015. That is the Jaguars’ 2d go back when they have been excluded in 2005 because of monetary woes. They featured once more from 2011-2014 earlier than sitting out in 2015 after working into cash woes once more.

Tanjong Pagar will take where of the beleaguered Warriors FC, who have been advised through the Soccer Affiliation of Singapore (FAS) remaining month to take a seat out the 2020 season. The nine-time champions were beset through monetary issues since 2018 and the FAS mentioned that the membership owed greater than $800,000 to gamers, workforce, the Central Provident Fund Board and Inland Income Authority of Singapore as of remaining 12 months.

This SPL season may also see venue adjustments for 2 golf equipment, with the Younger Lions to play their house video games at Jurong West Stadium, whilst Hougang United will transfer again to their earlier house at Hougang Stadium.

Each groups have been primarily based on the Jalan Besar Stadium remaining 12 months, and the venue’s synthetic pitch will likely be re-turfed as a part of its intensive renovations, mentioned the FAS in its media unlock on Friday (Jan 24).

The pitch was once remaining re-turfed in 2014 and it’ll be modified to a better high quality floor to maintain programming that incorporates SPL fits, global fits and tournaments from age-group to senior stage, ActiveSG Soccer Academy periods, more than a few training clinics and neighborhood occasions, and extra, added the affiliation.

The FAS mentioned that it’s “crucial” that the pitch is upgraded to be sure that it’s applicable to Fifa and Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) requirements. Paintings will start in overdue February and is predicted to be finished through the top of the 12 months.

FAS President Lim Kia Tong mentioned: “We admire we need to strengthen the standard of the pitch and we’re decided to take action. We have now taken comments from stakeholders and golf equipment during the last two years and with the help of FIFA Ahead investment and Recreation Singapore’s enhance, we’re satisfied with the intention to begin re-turfing works at Jalan Besar to be able to additional lift the standard of the pitch.”

Hougang United head trainer Clement Teo, whose facet posted its highest-ever end of 3rd remaining season, mentioned: “Our group tailored really well on the Jalan Besar Stadium remaining 12 months and feature just right recollections of the thrilling fits performed there, in addition to the super enhance from our enthusiasts. Then again, we totally perceive the will for the approaching revamp and are very a lot taking a look ahead to returning to an stepped forward facility.”

The 2020 SPL season is scheduled to finish in mid-September, with the Singapore Cup to begin after.

Consult with SPL fixtures for the entire listing of fixtures for the 2020 SPL season.

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