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The Singapore League Cup is an annual soccer competition in Singapore. It was launched in 2007, and is open to teams who play in the S.League. The title sponsor for 2016 is The New Paper.[1]

League Cup
Singapore League Cup.png
Founded2007
Folded2017
CountrySingapore Singapore
Number of teams8
Last championsJapan Albirex Niigata (S)
(4 titles)
Most championshipsJapan Albirex Niigata (S)
(4 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website

The 2007 competition was sponsored by SingTel, and officially titled the SingTel League Cup. Eight of the twelve S.League teams took part in the 2007 tournament, which was held before the start of the S.League season proper.

In 2008, the competition's official sponsored name was the Avaya-J&J League Cup (with sponsorship coming from Avaya and Jebsen & Jessen Communications). All twelve S.League teams took part in the 2008 tournament. Unlike the 2007 event, the 2008 competition was held during the S.League season.

The 2009 edition of the League Cup was held from 1 to 19 June, again during the S.League season. The competition began with a group stage, where the clubs were divided into four groups of three. The top two teams from each group qualified for the knockout stage. All knockout matches were played at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Live television coverage was provided by Starhub.

2010 saw the League Cup returning to a knockout format. The teams which finished in the top 4 positions in the 2009 S.League season were given byes to the quarter-final round, and the remaining clubs played a qualifying round to decide who would join them in the Cup competition. The draw was conducted before the qualifying round, which meant that qualifying clubs already knew which quarter-final slot they would be playing for.

The 2011 League Cup final on 30 June 2011 saw Albirex Niigata (S) defeat Hougang United FC 5-4 on penalties to become the third consecutive foreign club to hold the trophy after DPMM FC and Étoile FC.

The 2014 tournament was sponsored by StarHub, and officially titled the StarHub League Cup. The 2015 edition was sponsored by The New Paper and known as The New Paper League Cup.[2]

In 2017, The League Cup is dropped to ease fixture congestion.

Previous League Cup tournament (1997)Edit

A competition called the Singapore League Cup was also held in Singapore in 1997. In that year it was won by the Singapore Armed Forces who defeated Geylang United 1-0 in the final. In 1998, that competition was renamed the Singapore Cup, and was opened to teams that do not play in the S.League. The Singapore Cup is now the major cup competition in Singapore football, and in recent years has involved invited teams from overseas in addition to teams playing in Singapore's local leagues.

Year Winners Runners-up Score in
Final
3rd place 4th place
1997 Singapore Armed Forces Geylang United 1-0 Tampines Rovers
Tiong Bahru United
No 3rd-place play-off

Past resultsEdit

Year Winners Runners-up Score in
Final
3rd place 4th place
2007 Woodlands Wellington Sengkang Punggol 4-0 Gombak United Home United
2008 Gombak United   Super Reds 2-1 Balestier Khalsa   Young Lions
2009   DPMM FC Singapore Armed Forces 1-1 (aet)
4-3 (pen)
Home United Woodlands Wellington
2010   Étoile FC Woodlands Wellington 3-1 Sengkang Punggol Gombak United
2011   Albirex Niigata (S) Hougang United 0-0 (aet)
5-4 (pen)
Tampines Rovers Home United
2012   DPMM FC Geylang United 2-0 Singapore Armed Forces
Tampines Rovers
No 3rd-place play-off
2013 Balestier Khalsa   DPMM FC 4-0   Albirex Niigata (S)
Woodlands Wellington
2014   DPMM FC Tanjong Pagar United 2-0 Hougang United
Geylang International
2015   Albirex Niigata (S) Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Hougang United
Geylang International
2016   Albirex Niigata (S)   DPMM FC 2-0 Home United
Tampines Rovers
2017   Albirex Niigata (S) Warriors FC 1-0 (aet)   DPMM FC
Geylang International

Plate TournamentEdit

From 2012, a Plate Tournament was launched for the four teams that finished third in their respective groups.

Year Winners Runners-up Score
in Final
2012 Balestier Khalsa   Young Lions 1-0
2013   Harimau Muda B   Young Lions 2-0
2014 Tampines Rovers Balestier Khalsa 3-0
2015 Not Held
2016 Geylang International Hougang United 2-1
2017 Not Held

Performance by ClubsEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Plate Winners Winning years
  Albirex Niigata (S)
4
0
0
2011, 2015, 2016, 2017
  DPMM FC
3
2
0
2009, 2012, 2014
Balestier Khalsa
1
1
1
2013
Woodlands Wellington
1
1
0
2007
Gombak United
1
0
0
2008
  Étoile FC
1
0
0
2010
Hougang United
0
2
0
Warriors FC
0
2
0
Geylang International
0
1
1
  Super Reds
0
1
0
Tanjong Pagar United
0
1
0
  Harimau Muda B
0
0
1
Tampines Rovers
0
0
1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2012 Great Eastern-YEO'S S.League Season to Enjoy Biggest Ever Television Coverage" Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "10 Teams To Compete In The New Paper League Cup". S.League. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

External linksEdit