The Singapore Premier League (SPL) will resume on October 17 after a six and a half month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, the Football Association of Singapore announced that it had received approval from the Singapore Government for the SPL season to restart.
SPL teams will play each other twice for the 2020 season instead of three times – the Singapore Cup has also been cancelled for this season in order for the SPL season to be completed. The Football Association of Singapore said that they expected the SPL season to be finished by the end of 2020.
Fans will be unable to attend matches with only essential personnel allowed into the ground.
SPL players and match officials will be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks once the competition resumes. 223 players and match officials have been tested ahead of the resumption with all tests coming back negative.
“We are extremely pleased with the decision announced by MCCY on the resumption of the SPL. This is an outcome that the FAS and the SPL clubs, along with Sport Singapore and the relevant government authorities, have worked tirelessly towards in recent weeks. Our utmost thanks and appreciation go out to the various government agencies who have helped in making the resumption happen,” FAS President Lim Kia Tong, said in a statement.
“While we would have loved for supporters to be allowed into the stadiums so that they can cheer on their favourite teams, I am sure that they will understand the need for these precautions and that they will continue to support the SPL by watching the games on television or online.
“The FAS will ensure that all the necessary Covid-19 safe protocols are strictly adhered to, to ensure the smooth restart of the League and hopes it will pave the way for more local sports leagues and events to resume.”
The current Singapore Premier League season has been suspended since March 24. Small group training was permitted from mid-June before clubs were allowed to return to full training from September 1.