Zainudin: FAS targetting Youth World Cup

Singapore will bid to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup, says Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin.

"[The FAS] are in the midst of discussions with the relevant parties," Zainudin said at a Singapore Sports Hub events announcement today.

"We are as excited as you but if we're able to bring the young talents of the future [to Singapore], we'll be able to spur young Singaporeans on [to greater heights]."

While he wasn't specific about which youth competition they were targetting, both the U17 and U20 World Cups have hosts confirmed for their 2015 and 2017 editions. The next available slot would be in 2019.

Zainudin also confirmed a crunch Singapore - Malaysia tie as the first football game to be held at the new National Stadium on August 8, as well as AFF Suzuki Cup fixtures in December.

"All of us at the Football Association of Singapore are looking forward for our teams to play in front of 55,000 fans at the new National Stadium when it is completed," he said.

"We will continue to work towards the first game at the National Stadium with excitement and anticipation of the atmosphere at what is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest stadiums around the world."

The FAS president issued a rallying cry for supporters to turn up in droves for the opening fixture, and in the process revealed the significance behind the date of the match.

"We want to urge all our fans to come out in force to support our team in one of football's most intense rivalries," Zainudin said.

"We believe this match will serve as an excellent prelude to our National Day celebrations."

The new National Stadium will also play host to the 2014 Suzuki Cup group stages, as well as a possible semi-final and final fixture if the Lions make it that far.

Zainudin spoke of the national team's pride in defending their title on home soil, and expressed a wish to showcase the all-new Sports Hub to the rest of South East Asia in the region's most prestigious international football tournament.

"We are the 4-time AFF Cup winners and defending champions. It will be extra special if we can defend our title here at our new National Stadium, in front of our own fans," the FAS president said.

He also hinted at upcoming glamour matches against top European sides, stating that the Federation were in the midst of finalising details with partners and event promoters before making announcements in the near future.

"From footballing and community perspectives, we would want to play as many international and friendly matches as possible at the new 55,000-seater venue, both on FIFA and non-FIFA dates, whenever possible and practical."