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Brunei DPMM to participate in the 2018 S.League: FAS

Brunei DPMM will be participating in this year's edition of the S.League, announced the Football Association of Singapore in a press release on Saturday.

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This follows weeks of speculation over whether the side will remain in the S.League, and if so, the exact set of regulations that they will be subjected to.

DPMM will be allowed to sign a maximum of three foreign players with no age restrictions, confirmed the FAS. This one more than the other local S.League sides, apart from Young Lions.

DPMM will also not be subject to the same age restrictions as the local S.League clubs

DPMM will also not be subject to the same age restrictions as the local S.League clubs.

Each local S.League team, apart from the Young Lions, will be required to have at least six under-23 players and eight under-30 players in the squad, with the remaining players to be of any age.

S.League champions Albirex, on the other hand, have agreed to register half a team of under-23 players and half a team of under-21 players, with only one player in the squad to be of any age.

Albirex have also been allowed to sign two Singaporean players, and earlier this week announced the signings of Adam Swandi and Shahul Rayyan.

As for DPMM, their match day starting line-up will merely have to include one local (Brunei citizen) under-23 player. Should the player be substituted out in the first half, he shall be replaced by another local under-23 player.

In comparison, the match day starting line-ups of local clubs will have to include three Singaporeans.

FAS president Lim Kia Tong said: “We have been actively discussing with Brunei DPMM FC officials, the other participating clubs, and all other related stakeholders to discuss the rules governing their participation in our league, and are happy to announce that they will continue in the 2018 season.

“DPMM’s participation is important to us not just in football terms because of the competitive value the team brings to the S.League, but also that this reinforces the warm bilateral relations ties the FAS has with both DPMM and Brunei.

DPMM joined the S.League in 2009 and won the League Cup in 2014 and the S.League title in 2015. However, a poor 2017 season meant they finished second from bottom, winning just five games.

"In this regard, it was important that we engaged proactively with DPMM and the other clubs to attain a mutually beneficial position. We hope to help the Brunei-based club grow in strength, and like what we are doing for our local clubs, build a community around their club."

DPMM joined the S.League in 2009 and won the League Cup in 2014 and the S.League title in 2015. 

However, a poor 2017 season meant they finished second from bottom, winning just five games.

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