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Training sessions for AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) clubs will be allowed under the guidelines and measures, announced the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

This measure is taken to ensure a safe return to footballing activities as sports and recreation facilities reopen for Phase 2 Safe Transition.

These guidelines were established in consultation with relevant authorities such as Sport Singapore and in compliance with recommended advisories, and specify general hygiene, training and safe management measures specifically for the clubs, said FAS in a statement.

It added that SPL clubs are expected to provide details on their appointed Safe Management Officer, the prescribed group rosters, training venues and a summary of their training plans to the FAS prior to their training sessions.

Moreover, trainings must be conducted in small groups consisting of a maximum of five players and one coach. 

Meanwhile, inter-groups are not allowed and participants are discouraged from heading drills, throw-ins and physical contact. The use and handling of equipment should also be minimised.

Timely reviews of the measures will be conducted. The FAS, together with respective authorities will assess the implementation and adherence of the measures in place as well as the broader COVID-19 situation at the time before any changes are made.

These measures are to be adopted by the eight SPL clubs based in Singapore, excluding defending champions Brunei DPMM FC. 

The Bruneian club will be allowed to start training on 6 July at home, following the sultanate’s health ministry announcement on-field activities. 

At the moment, the team conducts individual training with strict standard operating procedures following pandemic restrictions throughout the country. 

The AIA Singapore Premier League has been suspended since mid-March after the pandemic hit Singapore. Tampines Rovers currently at the top, while Brunei DPMM only managed to play one game in a 2-0 win against The Stags at home.

This article was first published on July 04, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 96

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR


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