The Young Lions team was established by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2003 with the aim of facilitating the development of promising young players by competing against older and tougher opponents in Singapore’s professional football league – the S.League.
The Young Lions features players who are aged 22 and below. By fielding the Young Lions in the S.League, FAS seeks to expose young players to top-level competition, thus helping to prepare them for international tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), a biennial sporting event that involves participants from countries in Southeast Asia.
The Football Association of Singapore is the national governing body of football in Singapore, responsible for developing and advancing the game at all levels. Among other things, it oversees the men and women’s National Teams, organises and runs league and cup competitions and establishes youth development, refereeing and coaching frameworks.