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Young Lions remain S-League for at least two seasons

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on Tuesday announced that Garena Young Lions would remain for at least two more campaigns to help the national teams prepare for the 2019 SEA Games and 2020 Olympic qualification.

It is a part of the FAS plans to revive the S-League and focus on youth football development.

Another key change will see the import quota cut from three to two, with one needing to be under 21 years old.

“The league will have a large emphasis on developing youth,” FAS deputy president Bernard Tan said, as quoted by The Straits Times.

“This will bode well for the future as there will be more people playing at a higher level at an earlier stage. There have been questions asked… what if all the (U-23) players get injured, do they have to start?

“We have told the clubs that we will be liberal and allow mid-season registration of U-23 players if for some reason their U-23 players are unable to play.”