VAR technology to debut in an SPL fixture for the first time in league history; Dedicated fan zone to host interactive activities for fans to experience prior to kick-off

SINGAPORE, 2023, FEBRUARY 10 – Singapore Premier League (SPL) fans are set to have a taste of what the upcoming season will be like when the 2023 SPL Community Shield takes place on 19 February at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The traditional season-opener will see 2022 league champions Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore) take on Singapore Cup 2022 holders Hougang United FC in the 15th edition of the Shield, which kicks off at 6pm. The fixture will also see the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology being used for the first time in an SPL match in the League’s history.

Tickets for the SPL Community Shield will go on sale from Saturday, 11 February 2023 at 12 noon and can be purchased via the FAS website. Tickets will be priced at S$15.00 for adults and S$10.00 for children aged 16 years old and below as well as senior citizens aged 60 years old and above.

Match tickets may also be purchased onsite at the Jalan Besar Stadium ticketing booth on match day itself; however, this will be strictly subjected to availability and only a limited number may be put up for sale. Hence, fans are highly encouraged to purchase their tickets early and via the online sales channel.

Prior to that, fans are encouraged to head down early in order to enjoy a range of activities that have been lined up as part of the match day fan experience build-up, as well as an opening ceremony.


As part of a fanzone that will be hosted around Jalan Besar Stadium, fans will be able to visit an interactive activity booth set up by the FAS Referees’ Department. It will allow them to get hands-on experience in order to understand how the VAR technology is like.

The latest jerseys of the SPL clubs will be on display via a specially designed backdrop where fans will be able to obtain keepsake photo souvenirs. They will also have the opportunity to redeem limited FAS merchandise such as key chains, cushions and t-shirts, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each item redemption is based on collecting a total of nine stamps by participating in the various game stations found in the fan zone. Food and beverage will be on sale, both at the fanzone and inside the stadium.


The SPL Community Shield will also be broadcast ‘LIVE’ via Singtel TV and StarHub TV as well as livestreamed online via Mediacorp’s meWATCH platform and the SPL YouTube channel.

Source: Football Association of Singapore

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