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The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the French Football Federation signed an agreement on Tuesday to share information and expertise.
SINGAPORE: Singapore football could soon see a touch of French flair.
World Cup winners in 1998, France have produced some of the biggest names in global football like Zinedine Zidane. They are now set to share their footballing secrets with Singapore, especially in terms of youth development.
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the French Football Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday. The agreement will see exchanges and attachments for coaches, referees and players, and the sharing of information, systems and processes.
To kick things off, a technical director from France will be in town to share his expertise from 4-7 October.
Mr Zainudin Nordin, president of the FAS, said: "They really are focusing on youth development and I thought with this strategic plan that we have put in place, it falls in nicely. So, that was the first reason. Secondly...the comfort level that I have with the French federation through my exchanges with them."
The growth potential of Asian football is a key reason behind French interest in the four-year deal. The French domestic league is hoping to emulate the popularity of its English and German counterparts, and use Singapore as a springboard into the region.
Under the new deal, Singapore's S.League can also learn from the marketing and promotional plans of the French league.
With experience in hosting many major football events such as the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the French federation will also assist Singapore in their planned bid to host the Youth World Cup competition in the future.