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Programmes and Competitions

Pre-Singapore Sports School Programmes


Ambassador Cup is dedicated to further enhancing Singapore-Japan relations through the global language of football, by bringing together Singaporean students and Japanese students in Singapore.

The Under 11 tournament is jointly organised by The Japanese Association of Singapore and Singapore Sports School, with the support of the Japan Embassy in Singapore and Japanese Cultural Society Singapore.

The 8-a-side day-long tournament attracts top local primary schools and Japanese clubs and academies and provides an opportunity for budding footballers to display their talent in a fun and enjoyable way. Talented local players are identified for further development and enrolment in Singapore Sports School at Secondary 1.


This programme is a collaboration with ActiveSG to set up a developmental centre at Singapore Sports School so as to create a pathway for primary school students to train in a more competitive environment. It provides an opportunity for players from grassroots to train and play football at a higher level. Teams from DCs will also be exposed to different competitions, both local and overseas. The programme is conducted by coaches from Singapore Sports School and ActiveSG.

Local and Overseas Competitions


Gothia Cup is the world’s largest international youth football tournament. From 2016, Gothia Cup started a sister tournament in China, the Gothia Cup China. It is a new international tournament based on the same concept as the Gothia Cup, that is to create a meeting place for the world’s youth in the name of football. Singapore Sports School’s U13 team took part in its maiden competition in 2018. We emerged second Runner-Up in that category. This competition is featured in our yearly competition plans for our student-athletes.


Singapore Sports School is the only school in Singapore which takes part in the International Challenge Cup U15 organised yearly by the Football Association of Singapore. This international competition features top club teams from Asia, namely, Johor Darul Ta'zim (Malaysia), Promotional Fund for Vietnamese Football Talents (Vietnam), Matsumoto Yamaga Football Club (Japan). The National U15 and combined COE U15 team also compete in this tournament.


Organised by the Football Association of Singapore, these two leagues provide our top local talents in the respective age groups a platform to compete against each other. Singapore Sports School is the only school in Singapore that competes in both the National COE U15 and COE U17 Leagues. In 2019, age-group squads from Singapore Premier League Clubs, top footballing schools from NSG and ActiveSG took part in the COE U15 tournament. Singapore Sports School emerged champions.


Our teams compete in local tournaments apart from the National School Games. Our U13 team takes part in the JSSL U14 Super League. The JSSL 7s competition features strong overseas teams from the likes of Korea, Indonesia, Japan etc. Our U14 team did the school proud by emerging champions in the 2018 edition and runner-up in 2019.


As part of our development pathway, Singapore Sports School participates in the National School Games B and C Division football. The academy has won numerous titles and are the 2018 B and C Division National champions.

Special Programmes


Singapore Sports School’s Football Academy organises yearly training tours for its student-athletes. The Academy has been to Thailand, Korea, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, among others, for our tours. Student-athletes undergo intensive week-long stint of training and sparring matches during such trips. These overseas Football Clubs and sports schools provide a high level of competition for our student-athletes and expose them to different types of playing styles.


Omiya Ardija Football Club is a key partner of our football academy. Selected student-athletes will go for individual and/or team excellence attachments at the end of year. The training exchange programme provides our student-athletes with the opportunity to train and compete with the Omiya Ardija Under 14 and U15 teams. Friendly matches with J. League youth teams will also be organised.


Singapore Sports School’s Football Academy has an understanding with Hertha BSC, more famously known as Hertha, Berliner Sport-Club e.V, for our student-athletes to training with their youth academies. Hertha BSC is an established professional club which plays in the Bundesliga, the top-tier of German football. Selected student-athletes will be attached to the club on a yearly basis to learn and train with their junior teams.


A significant number of student-athletes and alumni represent the Singapore national age-group teams. These student-athletes have the opportunity to go for training and competitions with the age-group teams.

Examples of such trips:
  • Training tour to Japan (J-Green Sakai, Osaka; Tokinosumika Sports Centre, Shizuoka)
  • Training tour to Japan (J-Green Sakai, Osaka; Tokinosumika Sports Centre, Shizuoka)
  • Individual Training Attachment (France/Germany/England)
  • Training tour to Thailand (Chonburi, Bangkok)
  • Competition in Hong Kong (Jockey Club International Youth Tournament)
  • AFC Football Festival (Brunei/Sabah/Vietnam)
  • AFF Football Competitions (Cambodia/Laos/Thailand/Myanmar)