Slew of goodies announced as FAS makes NFL priority

The long-neglected National Football League (NFL) competition is now a priority for the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), if Saturday afternoon's press conference was anything to go by... 

At a press conference held at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday 22nd April to launch the new NFL season, FAS General Secretary Winston Lee, announced a slew of initiatives aimed at sending out a signal that the long-neglected NFL competition is now a priority for the FAS.

Mr Lee said: "I have to admit that the FAS could have done more for the NFL in the past. We will be doing more from now on."

Each NFL team will also get a cash subsidy of $8,500, while Great Eastern Singapore will provide insurance for all players participating in this year’s competition. Selected NFL matches with be streamed live as well.

A competition sponsor has been found, with Japanese food company, Ajinomoto (S) Pte Ltd signing a one year cash and product sponsorship deal.

The prize money on offer has also been increased by 50%. The champions of Division One will now take home $15,000, up from $10,000 in 2016 while the top team in Division Two will cash $7,500, up from $5000.

Participation fees for all 23 NFL teams, who comprise the bulk of the 44 affiliate-vote at the FAS Elections to be held on the 29 April, have also been waived.

Each NFL team will also get a cash subsidy of $8,500, while Great Eastern Singapore will provide insurance for all players participating in this year’s competition. Selected NFL matches with be streamed live as well.

FAS gen-sec Winston Lee wants to make NFL a priority this season

Accompanied by FAS technical director Michel Sablon, Mr Lee also unveiled the new NFL logo, which features a football player in mid-strike, reflecting the bold and active spirit of the NFL Teams. The logo comprises red and blue colours, representing, strength, passion, stability and last but not least, honesty.

The 2017 NFL season got off to a flyer with two matches held at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the home of Singapore football.

Warwick Knights and Kembangan United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in an earlier Division Two game, while Sporting Westlake stunned reigning champions Eunos Crescent - who has former Singapore internationals Indra Sahdan and Tengku Mushadad in their ranks - 2-1 in a Division One clash which was played under the lights. 

Photos: Weixiang Lim