A top-flight professional football league that had its first season in 1996, the S.League has been Singapore’s primary football competition. From just eight teams in the inaugural season, the league has grown significantly with strong support from the Football Association of Singapore, reaching a high of 13 teams in 2012. To raise its competitiveness and international profile, teams from Brunei, China, France, Japan and Korea have been invited to take part in the league.
In February 2021, the 26th season of the S.League will begin. As Singapore continues to negotiate a new post-coronavirus environment, all teams will be challenged to do their best to keep followers of the competition engaged in these unusual times.
The 2020 season showed no obvious home advantage. Out of 56 matches in the 2020 season, 22 saw the home team win, while another 22 ended in an away team win.
Bal Khalsa will return to Toa Payoh Stadium this season, after spending the 2019 and 2020 seasons at Bishan Stadium. Bal Khalsa won 4 and drew 3 of their 12 league matches at Toa Payoh Stadium in the 2018 campaign.
Scoring the most goals is no guarantee of winning titles. L City Sailors scored 44 goals in 14 matches in the 2020 season but could only finish third, behind Albirex (32 goals) and Tampines Rovers (27 goals).
The seven players who scored the most goals in the 2020 season were all foreigners, accounting for 63 of the 188 officially recorded goals. In comparison, two of the five highest scorers in the 2019 season were Singaporeans.