Alongside new initiatives like the LIVE telecasts and real-time stats, two key developments in the Singapore Premier League were announced last month – the addition of one more slot to clubs’ foreign-player quota and the introduction of an Under-21 league.
Foreign Player Quota
As announced last November, the foreign-player quota for all local clubs has been increased for the 2020 SPL season.
Clubs are now allowed to sign a maximum of four foreign players – an increase of one from the three allowed in 2019. This follows on from the foreign player quota increase from two to three (two open plus one U-21) for the 2019 season.
Plans for an Under-21 League to be introduced were also announced and the competition will be officially known as the ‘FAS Center of Excellence (COE) Under-21 League’.
This will be contested by six clubs, namely Balestier Khalsa FC, Geylang International FC, Lion City Sailors FC, Hougang United FC, Tampines Rovers FC and Tanjong Pagar United FC. Matches are scheduled to take place on Mondays with evening kick-off timings; the league will see teams play a total of three rounds.
The full list of fixtures for the 2020 SPL season can be accessed here (correct as of 21 February).
The SPL season is projected to conclude in mid-September, thereafter the 2020 Singapore Cup will take place.