The history of the game goes back to the times this nation was under the rule of the British which came to an end in 1957. Like their neighbour to the north, who were also under British rule, Singapore has a long tradition in the game.Much of their early participation in the game was within the Malaysian League, which dates back to 1921. Even when Singapore parted ways with Malaysia rule in 1965, they still continued playing in the league. But in the mid-90s, Singapore decided to go on their own and formed the professional S-League.

On the international front, Singapore has competed in the various qualifying tournaments, including the World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, but with little success. They qualified for the Asian Cup once in 1984 when the tournament was played in Singapore.

Singapore’s greatest success came in the form of the Asean Football Federation’s Tiger Cup which they won in 1998.


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Climate: Due to its proximity to the equator, about 100km to the north, the weather in Singapore is hot all year round. Singapore, like most of its neighbours, gets its heaviest rains during the monsoon season at the end of the year and for the first month of the New Year. While the rainfall during the monsoon months is high, the rest of the months are not short of rain either. In fact, there rain is spread throughout the year. The temperature in this island republic is also rather constant at around 30 degrees. It is of course cooler during the nights.

Geography: Singapore, made up of a land area covering just over 640 square kilometres, is separated from Malaysia to the north by the narrow Straits of Johor. There are two existing links, a causeway and a bridge, between the two nations. Much of the island has been developed with forested areas taking up but a small portion of the central part of the island. The highest point is Bukit Timah (Tin Hill), which stands at just over 160m.

Population: Singapore has a population of over 3 million, the majority of whom are of Chinese origin. The Malays make about 15% of the population while Indians account for about 7%. There is also a large expatriate community.

Economy: Singapore’s thriving economy has seen it survive through the worst that has afflicted this part of Asia. A base for many international companies and organisations, Singapore enjoys bustling trade with its regional neigbours as well as the rest of the world. The shipping industry, which includes shipbuilding and maintenance, is big business. Oil refining is yet another important industry in Singapore.

Religion: The majority of the Chinese population are Buddhists while the others are mainly Christians. The Malays subscribe to the Islamic faith while the Indians believe in Hinduism. A small number of Indians, many of whom are from south India, are also Muslims.

Language: Mandarin and Chinese dialects are widely spoken by the mainly Chinese populace. English however is the main language of Singaporeans. Malay and Tamil are also widely used.

Currency: The unit of currency is the Singapore dollar. (US$1 equals S$1.62)