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The football news on Singapore page is here to provide the latest happenings in the world of Singaporean football in which considering as the main and popular sport in the country. Somewhere in Singapore, Brunei DPMM FC, the defending AIA SPL or Singapore Premier League champions will faceoff Komoco Motors Singapore Cup Winners Tampines Rovers. It will be held on February 22, 2020, within the AIA Community Shield to start the 2020 domestic season. The Community Shield is the solo fixture that takes action as the conventional curtain-raiser for the upcoming SPL season. It will occur for a 13th time at the Jalan Besar Stadium, and the start will be scheduled for 6 pm. The SPL’s 25th season will commence on February 29, 2020, with two games will be played at the same time for the week 1 – Home United FC will be against DPMM FC at the Bishan Stadium, while Albirex Niigata FC (s) will welcome Geylang International FC at the Jurong East Stadium. For this season we will witness two venue changes: The Young Lions will play their ground soil games at the Jurong West Stadium and on the other hand, Hougang United FC will host their rivals to their current journey home of Hougang Stadium over the season. The move of locations is necessitated by about to happen of re-turfing at the Jalan Besar Stadium, which represented as the shared home soil for both squads in 2019.
Regarding the temporary pitch, in which the last time was re-turfed back then in 2014 and is due for the modification of the surface to better quality content. The progress in re-turfing is required for the location in order to maintain programming that adds SPL fixtures, international games, and competitions from the age-group to senior levels, different coaching programs, ActiveSG Football Academy sessions, as well as community events plus many more. Concerning one of the few stadiums to meet the standards of the AFC or Asian Football Confederations for sponsoring its AFC competitions, it is also considered as crucial that the pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium was improved as part of the FAS or Football Association of Singapore’s hard work to guarantee that it is allowable for both AFC and FIFA requirements. The previous pitch will be changed by a new surface as part of the expanded modernization and the labor will start in late February as well as hoping to be finished at the end of the year. Lim Kia Tong, FAS President stated:
“We appreciate we have to improve the quality of the pitch and we are determined to do so. We have taken feedback from stakeholders and clubs over the past two years and with the assistance of FIFA Forward Funding and Sport Singapore’s support, we are glad to be able to commence re-turfing works at Jalan Besar in order to further elevate the quality of the pitch.”