No matter where you’re from, football is most certainly one of the most recognizable sports of the bunch. From the numerous leagues like the FIFA World Cup to the incredible talents that make the whole thing possible, the sport has so much to offer fans.
Singapore is just one of the many nations whose love for football is incomparable. If you’re someone whose interest is not limited to your respective local teams, Singapore is home to a fascinating roster of talents. Moving over from the FIFA World Cup 2022, you’ll find the league here and its clubs very interesting.
The Singaporeans from the early eras of Singapore football would remember the time when they used to drive miles to the ill-fated National Stadium for the Malaysian Cup. It was a time when their football pride and love of sport were at their peak.
In fact, Singapore managed to snag a Cup title in 1994 and had on and off appearances in the Malaysian Cup since 1996 due to some disputes. And during the absence from the league, an idea sparked that the Singaporeans themselves should finally have a league of their own.
That’s where the first-ever professional football league was born. After all, for a country that loves football so much, it makes complete sense for them to finally embrace a league of their own. That’s how the S-League was born.
The pinnacle of Singapore football
If you haven’t heard of the S-League before, you’re probably more into the international football scene. Just like FIFA, the S-League is a prestigious cup and it’s the only professional football tournament in the country that is being broadcasted and televised on national TV.
The league also goes by the name Yeo’s Great Eastern S-League for marketing and sponsorship purposes. With consistent media coverage of all the 25 clubs in the league, it is safe to assume that it is definitely the pinnacle of football in the country.
The only sad thing, however, is that as the years went on, it has been realized that the nation craves international football leagues such as the Barclays Premier League or the World Cup more than their local football tournaments. The World Cup 2022, for instance, have reportedly hyped the locals more than the league that they can call their own.
The current football teams in the S-League
As mentioned earlier, there have been a total of 25 football teams in the S-League since its inception and that includes every team leading up to the 2014 season. The teams found below are all the clubs in the recent 2021 season.
The only Singaporean football team that plays in the S-League is from Japan. They joined the nation’s league in 2004, a time when the league was forced to invite foreign teams in response to the poor attendance mishaps of the league.
It was founded in 1898 and it was considered to be the oldest football team in the country. The Tigers’ prominent presence in the leagues is living proof that Singaporeans’ love for the sport is eternal.
This Bedok-based football club is among the top division in Singapore. It was founded in 1973 with the sole intent to build a team that would be “remembered” across different eras and generations.
Lion City Sailors
The Sailors is a professional football team that has only been founded very recently. Despite being relatively new to the Singapore football scene, they have already established themselves as one of the most successful teams in the country.
Another team that competes in the S-League is the Hougang United Football Club or Hougang United. Established in 1998, it was first founded under the name Marine Castle United Football Club.
The Tampines Rovers is yet another professional football team in the Singapore football league. The Stags (named after their own mascot) are most known for their consistent and impressive attendance stats as well as their away games.
Tanjong Pagar United
You can expect to find Tanjong Pagar United at the top division of the Singapore football scene, too. Founded in 1974, they also took part in the S-League from 1996 to 2014 but had to withdraw from the competition in 2004 due to some financial issues.
The Young Lions is already 22 years old. This developmental football team is handled directly by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).