FAS Football Academy, formerly known as the National Football Academy, was launched on 13 August 2000 and seeks to develop promising young footballers. Together with schools and clubs, the FAS Football Academy (FFA) hopes to nurture young footballers and provide an additional talent pool for selection into the different age-groups in preparation for the various National Teams.
The FFA is a key feature in the FAS Development Plan. The Development Plan is based on a deep-seated vision directly related to meaningful values such as confidence, respect, teamwork, integrity and trust. The mission statement of the plan is 'Making players better players and better persons'.
By establishing four age-groups – Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 – the FFA provides elite players with a systematic elite youth development training programme. Players are scouted through a methodical talent identification process before being given the chance to develop their skills under some of the best youth coaches in the country.
The main objectives of the FFA are:
The FFA offers a holistic football program that encompasses a player's technical, tactical, mental and physical wellbeing among other aspects. There is also sports science support with physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, fitness conditioning and physiotherapy programs. Player welfare, including insurance, medical coverage and allowances are also under the purview of the FFA.
The FFA is supported by the following coaches: L-R: Coaches Syed Azmir, Ryo Shigaki, Fadzuhasny Juraimi, Takuya Inoue
FFA U15 Head Coach: Syed Azmir Coach Syed Azmir holds an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 'A' Coaching License and was formerly the Head of Youth Development at Home United FC. He has a wealth of experience coaching youths at both clubs and in schools, and was part of the AFC Project Future in 2011 for selected promising coaches from the region.His focus for the coming year will be to build the boys' technical abilities in order to bring out the best in his players. He has called on his players to be committed and disciplined during training so that they can get into good shape and better understand the game.
FFA U16 Head Coach: Ryo Shigaki Coach Ryo Shigaki has over 15 years of experience coaching various clubs including clubs playing in J1 and J2 Leagues. He joined the Singapore Sports School coaching set-up to lead their Under-14 team in 2017 and was seconded to the FAS to head the FFA Under-16 team.The JFA (Japan Football Association) 'A' Coaching License holder's aim this season is to ensure that his team is adequately prepared to transition to playing at a senior level, and will be doing so by focusing on improving their game intelligence.
FFA U17 Head Coach: Fadzuhasny Juraimi Coach Fadzuhasny Juraimi's coaching experience spans both school and club youth teams. At club level, the Asian Football Confederation 'A' Coaching License holder has led his team to several podium finishes at the Football Association of Singapore Centre of Excellence competitions.The former National Team player believes that possessing a good attitude is vital for players to progress. He will be looking to improve his players' individual performances, so that it will raise the quality as a team collectively. Having taken the same team last year, he is expecting the team to play more mature and confident football on the pitch, and to demonstrate values such as self-discipline, teamwork and a positive mindset off the pitch.
FFA U18 Head Coach: Takuya Inoue Coach Takuya Inoue's experience as a coach spans almost 25 years and has seen him coaching for various age-group teams and professional teams. This is the fourth year he is coaching with FAS. Coach Takuya holds a JFA 'S' Coaching License (equivalent to the AFC Pro-Diploma. Beyond a specific target to achieve for the team in the Centre of Excellence League, he hopes to groom good individual players who can play for the future National Team. For this, he is demanding commitment and a strong mindset from his players.