Noor Haikal wins TFAS Future!!

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The TFAS Future – only for players ranked below 300th in the FISTF World Rankings – was held at the home of Jurong Central Subbuteo Club on the 17th of May 2015. A total of 23 players took part in this competition.

Players were drawn into 5 groups of 3 players and 2 groups of 4 in accordance to the FISTF regulations. The 7 seeded players took their places in their respective groups according to the latest available FISTF world rankings which saw Rizal Taib took the 1st seed spot at group A.

TFAS-Future20153-2At the end of the group games, the top two players of each groups qualify for the next round while the bottom 2 went to play in the plates. There was no upsets in the group stages where all the seeded players went through to the next round even though they encounter tough challenges from some unexpected players in their respective groups.

The plates event went extremely well where the players who are knock-out from the group stages were given a chance to redeemed themselves in an another event. The Plates final was between Singapore former U19 champion Azhar and Athur Yeo. It was a very end to end match where both players have their own chances at goal. The interesting Plate finals saw Athur Yeo won Azhar by 3 goals to 1. This deserving win saw Athur winning his first silverware in this sports.

TFAS-Future2015-3The Futures main event has an interesting twist right from the barrages stage where we saw some of the top seeded players being knock-out. One of the key matches of the barrages was between two seeded players, Amin and Chandru faces of with each other. It was a very tight game which saw Amin won by just a goal to qualify for the quarter finals. Seeded players, Isaac was also knock-out by one of the veteran player, Sunil.

Quarter final was even more exciting where we saw a top seeded player of the tournament, Rizal Taib was knock out by Noor Haikal. 2 more shocking results which saw young Bharvin beat veteran Sunil by 2 goals to nil. His younger brother, Ruhan did not dissapoint too as he beat senior and seeded player, Amin to a goal to nil. Both of them who were both under the age of 16 shows what a talent they had in this sport and what a bright future for Singapore Table football.

TFAS-Future2015-4The Semi Finals was a tough match for the two brothers, Bharvin and Ruhan who were match-up with a more senior players, Henry and Noor Haikal respectively. Even though both of them did made a good challenge for their opponent, the more experienced Henry and Noor Haikal won their match respectively with a very respectable scoreline.

The 3rd and 4th placing of the Futures saw both brothers playing with each other to fight for the 3rd place. A lot of thrash talking and mind games between them before the start of the match. As exciting as it is, the elder of the brother, Bharvin who eventually won the 3rd spot with a tight score of 2-1

The finals of the Futures was between Henry and Noor Haikal. Both players with the same playing styles met in the finals of the TFAS Futures. It was a nerve wrecking match where both players trying to get the first goal of the game. Finally the breakthrough was on the 13th minutes of the game where a mistakes by Henry cost him a goal. Second half of the finals saw Henry playing an all-out attack to catch the game but it was backfire as a good counter attack play by Noor Haikal got him another two more goals. The finals end with a result of 3-0 with Noor Haikal crowned as champion of the competition. The undefeated Noor Haikal who scored 17 goals and only conceit 1 goal in the competition was the deserving winner of the competition.

TFAS-Future2015-5The prize presentation sums up the whole competition. Congratulations to the winners and job well done to the organizers and the outstanding players who made this event a successful one and special thanks to Jurong Central Subbuteo Club for hosting this event.

(Report by Noor Haikal)

Luke Lim does Singapore proud!!

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In results recently announced, Singaporean Luke Lim is among the Top 10 Finalists in the 1st International Subbuteo Story Contest held in 2014.

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Luke, who also represented Singapore in the 2014 FISTF World Cup in Rochefort last year, has once again put Singapore on the World Map of Table Football with this achievement!!

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Congratulations and well done, Luke!!

Luke’s Top 10 Finalist Subbuteo Story is re-produced below …

I was doing some spring cleaning with my family until I stumbled upon a bright green-coloured box in a drawer in my bedroom. On it wrote, ‘SUBBUTEO: TABLE SOCCER’ and soon memories of playing the game with my younger brother to winning the National Junior Championships seemed to have appeared in my head as I opened the team box and took a close look at my red-coloured figures which I had painted by hand about four years ago when I was eight. Suddenly, I stumbled upon a broken figure in my box and recalled that remorseful day, which in turn, also made me a better person.

It was a usual morning during the school holidays. I was helping my parents clean up the breakfast table when my little brother, Tim wanted to challenge me to a game of Subbuteo as I had just won the National Junior Championships a week ago and he wanted to challenge me to prove that he is a better player than me. Tim has always been asking me to challenge him to a game ever since I had won the tournament but my reply would always be a ‘No’ as I wanted to do some holiday revision to prepare for the next school year. Since I had completed my revision for the week, I finally decided to accept his challenge.

“Brother’s finally going to play with me! Brother’s finally going to play with me!”, Tim exclaimed in an overjoyed manner as he was over the moon that I, his elder brother finally wanted to play with him. Soon, we laid the pitch and started polishing and preparing our figures for this ‘derby showdown’. In a split second the pitch was laid with figures in some of the best formations as though it was a cup final. Both sides were all thinking of high-level tactics and none of them was thinking of showing mercy to the other side. In other words, both of us were going the extreme.

As the clock started ticking, the game was literally a game of chess with both of us displaying some of our best skills and playing as fast as lightning. Even though Tim made much mistakes in the first few minutes, it seemed that he was improving by the minute and very soon, it was the end of the first half with the score being nil-nil. The second half then started on a high for me as I netted in two goals within the first eight minutes but then came the crucial point. I soon got the ball into a shooting position.

One flick.

Two flicks.

I then pulled my finger back, ready to shoot and flicked the figure hardly. When the ball went in, I almost wanted to shout, ‘GOAL’ but Tim then exclaimed, “Offside!” My face then turned as blank as a sheet when he pointed out to me that one of my figures was behind his last defender. I was shocked. I then told him that he had a figure right behind the goal and said that he cheated as he made an extra flick after making two defending flicks. “I am not a cheater!”, Tim glared at me with a bold look. My face was seething with anger and my blood started to boil. Thick, black smoke could be seen coming out from my nostrils and if looks could kill, Tim would have already been as dead as a doornail by now. I then threatened to destroy one of his figures if he dared to claim that he wasn’t cheating. Immediately, he clenched his fist tightly, and slammed it on one of my figures until it was broken into pieces, barely leaving its upper torso.

“Goodness me! How dare you destroy my figure! You deserve revenge!”, I shouted at Tim as I almost wanted to break down. I soon started to vent my anger as I slammed my hand on one of those little plastic men which belonged to Tim. ‘SMASH!’, went the figure as it broke. I then hurled a figure at him which missed him by a hair’s breadth. He then got so hot-tempered that he threw his rodded goalkeeper at me as though it was a dart. I’d figure out that the quarrel might spoil our relationship as brothers and we will hate each other as though we are rival gang members. “Boys, what on earth are you doing?!!”, exclaimed a woman at the top of her voice. We then realised that our mother had been listening to the whole quarrel that we were engaged in. “And Tom, you should have been a better elder brother and resolve the conflict in a more mature manner,” she told me as she gave me and Tim a slap on the wrist. I almost wanted to bury my head in the ground after I heard what she said. She also banned us from playing with each other for two months. We nodded sheepishly to her punishment and vowed never to resolve a conflict in such a rowdy manner again.

I then reflected upon my actions and felt that I could have been a better brother and by taking revenge would only make matters worse like what Mother says, “Gandhi used to say, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. It is never good to take revenge just to vent your anger.” I now understand that I could have resolved the conflict in a better way.

Latest Release of TFAS Singapore (SG) Ranking (as at 3 April 2015)

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After the first 3 months of local competitions, Den Mulia Yusni rose to the top of the latest SG Rankings!!  He took full advantage of Ouabi Rouis’ absence in the March TFAS Cup to emerge victorious (despite conceding his 1st game to a walkover); and displaced Ouabi as the Number 1 ranked player in Singapore!!  Congratulations Den Mulia!!

At Number 3 is Rudy Hesty Roselan, who nudged Bernard Lim out of the top 3 ranking after winning the Tchaaa4 Cup WASPA and finishing Runners-Up TFAS Cup!!

See below for the complete list of the SGR (Open):

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Giovanni Choong remains as the Number 1 ranked Junior player in Singapore with yet another victory at the March TFAS Cup!!  Congratulations Giovanni!!  Isaac Lim and Luke Lim also maintained their Number 2 and Number 3 rankings respectively with a Fourth and Third place finish respectively in the TFAS Cup.  Again, there is no change in the top 3 rankings from the previous release; and these 3 youngsters continue to consolidate themselves as the top 3 Junior players in Singapore.  Well done boys!!

The complete list of SGR (Jnr) as follows:

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Congratulations to all players who made improvements in their rankings.  To the rest of the players, keep flicking and you will move up the rankings too …

Who will be Singapore’s Number 1 by the next release?  Will the Junior newcomers from Jurong Central SC (most notably Bolkiah Musa and Lim Quan Feng) or will the Sham brothers of Bhavin and Ruhan return; to challenge the current top trio of Giovanni, Isaac and Luke? … Stay tune for the next release of the SG Rankings in July 2015 …

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME …

2015 TFAS Cup (International Open of Singapore) on 14-15 March 2015 @ Singapore Sports Hub Library

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On the weekend of 14-15 March 2015, the 2015 edition of the TFAS Cup – a International Open of Singapore – took place at the Singapore Sports Hub Library.  It was a truly ‘international affair’ with players from Australia (Rafaelle Lombardi), Belgium (Stephane Lambert), Hong Kong (Antonio Carabillo), Indonesia (Arudyo Putro, Majee Nolizam) and Malaysia (Altaf Niyas, Armin and Irman Farizul) joining the local Singapore players for the event.

Over the 2-day event, 4 competitions was organized: (1) Individual U19 FISTF IO, (2) Team Open; (3) Individual Open FISTF IO; and (4) Individual Plate WASPA

14 March 2015 – Day 1

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A total of 12 U19 players contested for the 2015 TFAS Cup U19 Champion title in a SWISS format of 4 rounds.  The top 2 players then play-off for the right to be called Champion and Runners-Up respectively; while the next 2 players in the standings play-off for Third and Fourth placing.

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The Third and Fourth play-off match was between the Lim brothers of Isaac and Luke.  Luke proved the calmer of the pair as he repeated his 1-0 win over Isaac during the preliminaries with another 1-0 win to claim Third place.

The Final was between Giovanni and Chihiro – who pipped Isaac to the Final play-off with a late winning goal in Round 4 of the preliminaries.  Giovanni comfortably repeated his earlier 4-0 victory over Chihiro to emerge Champion with another 3-0 win!!

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(L-R): Luke Lim (U19 Third), Giovanni Choong (U19 Champion), Mr Ezrielshah (SHL Coordinator), Chihiro Takao (U19 Runner-Up), Isaac Lim (U19 Fourth)

The Team Open had a total of 28 players allocated into 4 different pots based on their FISTF World Rankings.  1 player each was drawn from each of the 4 pots to form a total of 7 teams.  The 7 teams contested 3 rounds of the SWISS system with the top 2 teams playing off in the Team Final.  The 7 teams were as follows:

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The results of the 3 rounds of competition were as follows (Team X was included as required by the SWISS system):

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In the Team Final, Bulldog Bravo defeated A-Team Alpha 2-1 to claim the Team Event Champion!!

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Team Champion: Bulldog Bravo

(L-R): Antonio Carabillio (Team Captain), Chiro Takao, Mr Ezrielshah (SHL Coordinator), Altaf Niyas, Majee Nolizam, Mr Kok Wee Tan (TFAS President)

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Team Runner-Up: A-Team Alpha

(L-R): Mr Ezrielshah (SHL Coordinator), Luke Lim, John Ho (Team Captain), Amrin Farizul, Irwan Iskandar, Mr Kok Wee Tan (TFAS President)

15 March 2015 – Day 2

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The 2nd day of the event saw a total of 28 players in the Individual Open event played in accordance to FISTF guidelines.  At the end of the Group stage, the standings are as follows:

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Players who qualified for the Group stages went ahead with a Barrage round, followed by the traditional Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, 3rd/4th Placings and the Final.  The full results as follows:

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At the end of the day, Den Mulia emerged Champions, Rudy came in Runners-Up; while Antonio claimed Third and Anas finished Fourth … Congrats to the winners!!

On the side of the main event, players who did not qualify from the Group stage proceeded to the knock-out Plate Event which was a registered WASPA tournament.  Players of the Plate Event together with our TFAS President were seen below.

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The full results of the Plate Event were as follows:

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By the end of the day, the Plate Final was a tight affair between the visiting Rafaelle (of Sydney Paramatta) and Singapore’s very own up-and-coming young adult Noor Haikal.  Both played out an exciting final with each scoring 1 after another to finish the game 2-2 at full-time; thus bringing the game into extra-time.  During the overtime period, the experience of the more matured Rafaelle made all the difference as he scored another goal to edge out Noor Haikal by the odd goal!!

Rafaelle’s victory in the Plate Event made his long journey from Sydney Australia to our shores of Singapore worthwhile indeed!!

Congratulations to all winners!!

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(L-R): Noor Haikal Sabah (Plate Runner-Up), Rafaelle Lombardi (Plate Winner), Antonio Carabillo (Open Third), Den Mulia Yusni (Open Champion), Rudy Hesty Roselan (Open Runner-Up), Anas Rahamat (Open Fourth)

TFAS Executive Committee – Nomination Results and Call for Voting

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NOMINATION RESULTS

With reference to the earlier Call for Nominations announcement, nominations for the TFAS Executive Committee has since closed on 21 Jan 2015.  The results are as follows:

1. President: Tan Kok Wee => Only Nominee – Elected to Office

2. Treasurer: [Nic Tan]; [John Ho]; [Vikas Chandiramani]

3. Secretary: [Vikas Chandiramani]; [Bernard Lim]; [John Ho]

4. Sports Director (Recruitment & Retention): [Rudy Hesty Roselan]; [Den Mulia Yusni]

5. Sports Director (Competition & Ranking): [Bernard Lim]; [Rudy Hesty Roselan]

6. Sports Director (League): Michael Choong => Only Nominee – Elected to Office

7. Sports Director (Rules): [Den Mulia Yusni]; [Nic Tan]

8. Committee Members 1-3: [Anas Rahamat]; [Chandru Chugani]; [Rizal Taib]; [Vikas Chandiramani]; [John Edwards]; [Noor Haikal]


CALL FOR VOTING

With the announcement of the above nomination results, the process now moves into the Voting phase.  Each registered email on TFAS website has 1 vote and shall receive a voting email.  Should multiple replies be received from the same email, only the 1st email reply shall be considered.

No voting is required for Positions 1 and 6 as there is only 1 nominee; and hence the respective sole nominee are elected to office by default.  Positions 2 to 5 and 7 shall require voting for 1 person to be elected from among the nominated candidates for each position respectively.  Position 8 shall require voting for 3 persons to be elected from the nominated candidates above.  Members are reminded to vote with careful considerations with respect to the roles and responsibilities (reproduced below) expected of each position.

TFAS Executive Committee – Roles and Responsibilities

1. President
Responsible for all aspects of Sports Table Football in Singapore. Provide overall leadership and direction to all Executive Committee members. Has the right of veto for decisions where there are no majority vote.

2. Treasurer
Responsible for all financial matters of TFAS. Formulate and manage annual operating budget, track income and expenditures; and maintain clear accounting records for updates to Executive Committee and for reporting purposes to relevant authorities.

3. Secretary
Responsible for organising quarterly Executive Committee Meetings. Record minutes of meeting and track action items arising from these meetings. Also responsible to maintain the master list of players’ contact details. This list includes all players in Singapore be it newcomers, existing, licensed or unlicensed.

4. Sports Director (Recruitment & Retention)
Responsible for the recruitment and retention of new players to enlarge the Sports Table Football playing population in Singapore. Lead initiatives and programmes to introduce the game to newcomers and sustain their interest via regular coaching clinics and flick sessions. Also to work closely with TFAS-affiliated clubs and harness their efforts towards this objective.

5. Sports Director (Competition & Ranking)
Responsible to maintain the complete list of licensed players in Singapore and the issuance of licenses for submission to FISTF. Responsible for the administration of FISTF sanctioned tournaments organised by TFAS in accordance to FISTF requirements and the submission of the complete results to FISTF. Also responsible for the administration of the SG Ranking for all competitions sanctioned by TFAS; and the regular updates on TFAS website for these competitions.

6. Sports Director (League)
Responsible for the running of Singapore’s National League (i.e. the SG Table Football League) with the aim of making the top-tier the most prestigious League in Singapore where the top-ranked and best players in Singapore compete; and at the same time catering to up-and-coming players (both adults and youngsters) with a multi-tier structure comprising of promotion/relegation concept to hone their skills and improve the competitiveness of players in Singapore.

7. Sports Director (Rules)
Responsible for the consistent interpretation and application of the rules of Sports Table Football in Singapore as prescribed in the FISTF Sports Rules. Act as the Chief Referee in tournaments organised by TFAS. Also act as the contact person with FISTF to represent TFAS in all matters relating to Sports Rules.

8. Committee Members
Responsible to lead or assist in the implementation of TFAS projects and initiatives to promote, grow and develop Sports Table Football in Singapore. Together with the above appointment holders, they form the TFAS Executive Committee with each member holding 1 decision-making vote.

TFAS @ Yokohama International Open 2014 – Japan

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Yokohama International Open 2014 (14 Dec 2014)

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5292 km away from home, two passionate Singapore table football players, John Ho and Rudy Hesty travelled up to the land of the rising sun to pit their skills against Japanese and other international flickers in the Japan Yokohama International Open Subbuteo tournament.  A large field of 33 players participated in the one day event with high expectations on the local boys to do well as both hold great experience and had recently played in the biggest stage of table football – the World Cup.
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Group Stages
Going into the game, both players were in good form with John Ho, ranked 63 in the FISTF World Ranking, breezing his way past the 3 man group with 3-0 and 3-2 score line in Group 2.  Rudy, who was in Group 6, was also following suit by beating his opponents comfortably with 6-1 and 4-1 score line.  Qualifying together with them (just to name a few) was defending champion – Cedric Garnier (France), local favourites – Kenzo Koi and Hideaki Wada; title contenders – Stephane Lambert (Belgium), Antonio Carabillo (HK) and dark horse – Alexander Busing (Germany).

Second Round
The second round of games nearly caused a shock for our local hero, John Ho.  With about 10 minutes to the end of the game, John Ho was down 1-3 to his Japanese opponent – “rising star” Taichi Kato.  Fortunately, experience prevailed as John managed to pull back the score to 3-3 and eventually won in the nail biting shoot-out.  As for Rudy, his journey was more comfortable as he out-scored his opponent 5-1; thus advancing to the quarter-finals with both of our local players now drawn against both Japanese local favourites.

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The games against experienced opponents – Kenzo Koi and Hideaki Wada were closely fought; with both of our local players only securing marginal wins in their games.  John won 1-0 against Hideaki Wada while Rudy won 2-1 against Kenzo Koi.

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Semi-Finals
It had to happen – both our local heroes were paired up against each other.  The positive note was that one Singapore player would be definitely represented in the Final but the downside was that the meeting was one step too early.  John Ho, finalist of the previous FISTF Grand Prix in Japan was a notch favourite against Rudy who was on a hot streak of scoring goals.  The game started off like a chess battle with both players applying cautious moves and not letting the opponent even have a sniff of the goal.  It took about 11 minutes before the 1st clear break happened.  John capitalised on Rudy’s midfield mistake and scored a beautiful chip goal, with the 1st half ending 1-0 to John.  Second half started with Rudy bombarding John’s stubborn defence; eventually, the defence caved in.  Rudy scored from a throw-in attack and the score was 1-1.  With normal time also running out, Rudy had a break-through when his attack penetrated the middle of John’s defence.  With the defence breeched, Rudy scored with a defying chip into goal.  Final score –  2-1 to Rudy.

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It was the first final for Rudy in an overseas competition and he was to play against the overwhelming favourite – Cedric Garnier (France).  Cedric who remained undefeated in Japanese tournaments to-date, was up against Rudy again after 2 years.  Both played in the Singapore Open tournament where the latter suffered a 1-0 defeat.  Could Rudy avenge the defeat or would Cedric continue to dominate the Japanese scene?

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 The game kicked-off with both players attacking each other frantically.  It was expected to be a one-sided affair favouring Cedric but Rudy was proving the in-house bookmakers wrong when he struck the first blow and scored.  Cedric tried hard to penetrate through Rudy’s goal but Rudy’s goalkeeping was superb, as he made several saves from sure-goal efforts.  Half-time score was Cedric 0 vs Rudy 1 … could this be an upset in the making?
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The second half started with Cedric pushing his attack furiously at Rudy’s defence.  Again and again the defence stood strong but the resistance did not last as 5 minutes before the end, Cedric’s flick managed to squeeze the ball past Rudy’s diving keeper.Score was 1-1 and in the final minute, Rudy had a great chance to score.  A dream of finally breaking Cedric dominance was in front of Rudy’s eyes.  With a strong flick of the index finger he propelled his Man City player onto the ball which cannoned towards Cedric’s goal-post.  Was it going in? … No!! … Cedric manoeuvred his goalkeeper and blocked the shot; the ball bounced off the goalkeeper and rolled rapidly towards Rudy’s goal.  Cedric reacted swiftly and when the ball crossed the shooting line, he smashed a shot at Rudy’s empty goal.  Goal!!!!!!! … What a way to score the winner!!  Cedric jumped in joy while Rudy slumped in despair.  A few seconds later, the game ended with Cedric crowned the Champion.

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Kudos!!
Even though both Singapore players did not manage to bring back the winning trophy; both players showed great determination and perseverance to reach the Semi-Finals and the Final.

Well done!! To both John Ho and Rudy.

Flashback: Team Singapore @ Rochefort World Cup 2014

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singaporeAs we begin the 2015 season, we look back at the adventures and expoits of Team Singapore in the FISTF Subbuteo World Cup 2014 held in Rochefort, Belgium.

Even before the first whistle of the World Cup, the Team Singapore of 2014 had already created many ‘firsts’ in the short history of TFAS:
# First time that Singapore is competing in the Team Open event
# First time that Singapore is competing in the U12 Individual event
# First time that Singapore is sending 4 players to the World Cup (the previous high was 2 players in 2012)

01-SG ContingentThe Singapore Contingent (L-R): Mrs Bernard Lim, Isaac Lim, Luke Lim, Bernard Lim, Mr Alan Collins (FISTF President), Rudy Hesty Roselan, Mrs Rudy Hesty Roselan

Team Singapore was proudly represented by Rudy Hesty Roselan, Bernard Lim, Luke Lim and Isaac Lim.  Rudy and Bernard competed in the Open Individual event; while Luke and Isaac competed in the U12 Individual event.  The 4 of them then competed in the Open Team event on the 2nd day of the tournament.

02-Team SGTeam Singapore (L-R): Rudy Hesty Roselan, Luke Lim, Isaac Lim, Bernard Lim

Individual Competition – 6 Sep 2014

Rudy was drawn into Group 2 of the Open Individual Competition against the likes of Saverio Bari (Italy), Lawrence Alvarez (Gibraltar) and Nuno Henriques (Portugal).  Rudy got his World Cup campaign off to a great start by beating Lawrence Alvarez 3-1 to score his first World Cup goals and notch his first World Cup game win.  This victory go some way to ‘avenge’ the defeat that compatriot John Ho suffered at the hands of the same opponent back in the 2012 Manchester World Cup.

03-Rudy v Lawrence Alvarez (GIB)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Lawrence Alvarez – Gibraltar (right)

04-Rudy v Lawrence Alvarez (GIB)Rudy in action against Lawrence – Final Score: Rudy 3-1 Lawrence

In his second game, Rudy continued his fine form and built on the momentum garnered from his first game to narrowly defeat Nuno Henriques by a solitary 1-0 to take his second World Cup game win.  With 6 points from 2 games, Rudy had qualified to the next round!!  He had created HISTORY – being the first Singapore player to have made it out of the Group stage and qualified into the Knock-Out stage in a FISTF World Cup!!! … Bravo Rudy!!  Congratulations!!

05-Rudy v Nuno Henriques (POR)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Nuno Henriques – Portugal (right)

06-Rudy v Nuno Henriques (POR)Rudy in action against Nuno – Final Score: Rudy 1-0 Nuno

Having already qualified, Rudy took to the third game against Saverio Bari – the seeded player in the Group – in a super-relaxed mindset and mood.  He was duly beaten 0-6 but no matter … as all the hard work has already been done as he prepared himself for the Last 32 knock-out round.

07-Rudy v Saverio Bari (ITA)Rudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Saverio Bari – Italy (right)

08-Rudy v Saverio Bari (ITA)Rudy in action against Saverio – Final Score: Rudy 0-6 Saverio

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In the Last 32 knock-out round, Rudy was pitted against Luca Colangelo (Italy).  Against the far more superior Italian, who went on to become 1 of the Semi-Finalists of this World Cup, Rudy put up a spirited display only to lose 0-8.  While his World Cup campaign had come to and end, Rudy had certainly made a name for himself and definitely brought glory to Singapore!!

10-Rudy v Luca ColangeloRudy Hesty Roselan – Singapore (left) vs Luca Colangelo – Italy (right)

11-Rudy v Luca ColangeloRudy in action against Luca – Final Score: Rudy 0-8 Luca

Singapore’s other player in the Open Individual Competition, Bernard Lim, was drawn into Group 11 against the likes of Chris Thomas (England), Angelo Borg (Malta) and Renato Kort Kamp (Brazil).  Bernard’s maiden World Cup game was against the seeded player in the Group – Chris Thomas the England captain.  Though Bernard displayed some deft touches and flicks to earn some praise from his opponent, the class and guile of Chris Thomas prevailed as Bernard lost the game 0-7.

12-Bernard v Chris Thomas (ENG)Chris Thomas – England (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

13-Bernard v Chris Thomas (ENG)Bernard in action against Chris – Final Score: Bernard 0-7 Chris

Bernard’s next game was against Angelo Borg, a former top ranked U19 player who was playing in his first Open event as he was no longer eligible for the U19 event.  Again, the class and skills of the Maltese youth was far far more superior as he went on a rampage to build up a superior goal difference.  Bernard, unfortunately, was at the wrong end of a 0-11 thrashing which effectively ended his World Cup campaign after 2 games.  It was indeed a ‘rude awakening’ for Bernard.

14-Bernard v Angelo Borg (MLT)Angelo Borg – Malta (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

15-Bernard v Angelo Borg (MLT)Bernard in action against Angelo – Final Score: Bernard 0-11 Angelo

With his morale and spirits super-low from the manner in which he was knocked-out, Bernard approached his third game with a strong sense of redemption.  He was determined to take some positives out of his maiden World Cup campaign and to restore some pride in representing Singapore after the 2 disappointing displays which he felt he had let down the nation.  Against Renato Kort Kamp, Bernard regained his composure and restored some pride and confidence by putting 5 goals past his opponent to win 5-0; in the process scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game victory!!

16-Bernard v Renato Kort Kamp (BRA)Renato Kort Kamp – Brazil (left) vs Bernard Lim – Singapore (right)

17-Bernard v Renato Kort Kamp (BRA)Bernard in action against Renato – Final Score: Bernard 5-0 Renato

18-Bernard Group 11

In the U12 Individual Competition, our 2 Singapore junior players – Luke Lim and Isaac Lim were drawn into Group 5 and Group 6 respectively.  Luke was up against Alwin Krause (Germany), Corentin Boltz (Belgium) and Jakob Gerstl (Austria); while Isaac was up against Tommaso Lazzari (Italy), Pierre Laquerbe (France) and Vasco Henriques (Portugal).  It was a real eye-opener for Luke and Isaac to see the difference in equipment and concentration levels of European youths – while alot of our Singapore youngsters are still on beginner type bases, their European counterparts were already using professional bases.  Their accuracy and skill level was another area of the game worth learning from.

Luke opened his maiden World Cup campaign against Jakob Gerstl and lost 0-3.  His second game was against Alwin Krause, who eventually won the Group with 3 wins out of 3 games.  Against the seeded player in the Group, Luke lost 0-4.  Though already knocked out, Luke did very well to wrap up his World Cup campaign with a 0-0 draw in his third and final game against Corentin Boltz, 1 out of 8 of the eventual Quarter-Finalists.  In so doing, Luke managed to record his first World Cup point and against a World Cup Quarter-Finalist at that!!  Well done, Luke!!

19-Luke v Jakob Gerstl (AUT)Luke Lim – Singapore (left) vs Jakob Gerstl – Austria (right)

20-Luke v Jakob Gerstl (AUT)Luke in action against Jakob – Final Score: Luke 0-3 Jakob

21-Luke v Alwin Krause (GER)Luke Lim – Singapore (left) vs Alwin Krause – Germany (right)

22-Luke v Alwin Krause (GER)Luke in action against Alwin – Final Score: Luke 0-4 Alwin

23-Luke v Corentin Boltz (BEL)Corentin Boltz – Belgium (left) vs Luke Lim – Singapore (right)

24-Luke v Corentin Boltz (BEL)Luke in action against Corentin – Final Score: Luke 0-0 Corentin

Also on his maiden World Cup campaign, Isaac’s first game was against Pierre Laquerbe.  Unfortunately, unable to re-produce his form in Singapore tournaments leading up to the World Cup, Isaac lost the game 0-2.  Next up for Isaac was the seeded player in the Group – Tommaso Lazzari.  The game started quite evenly and Isaac had numerous chances to take control of the game as his opponent started the game nervously.  Alas, Tommaso was more clinical with his shooting and once he scored the first goal, the result was never in doubt.  In the end, Isaac lost the game 0-3.  With 2 consecutive defeats, Isaac had only his third and final game to salvage some pride.  His final opponent was Vasco Henriques and again Isaac had the chances to take control of the game as he started the game more strongly.  However, his shooting let him down again and he ended up losing 0-2.  It was unfortunate that Isaac ended up empty-handed with no goals and no points to show.

25-Isaac v Pierre Laquerbe (FRA)Pierre Laquerbe – France (left) vs Isaac Lim – Singapore (right)

26-Isaac v Pierre Laquerbe (FRA)Isaac in action against Pierre – Final Score: Isaac 0-2 Pierre

27-Isaac v Tommaso Lazzari (ITA)Isaac Lim – Singapore (left) vs Tommaso Lazzari – Italy (right)

28-Isaac v Tommaso Lazzari (ITA)Isaac in action against Tommaso – Final Score: Isaac 0-3 Tommaso

29-Isaac v Vasco Henriques (POR)Vasco Henriques – Portugal (left) vs Isaac Lim – Singapore (right)

30-Isaac v Vasco Henriques (POR)Isaac in action against Vasco – Final Score: Isaac 0-2 Vasco

31-Luke Group 5 Isaac Group 6

Team Competition – 7 Sep 2014

After the ups-and-downs of Team Singapore in the Individual events the day before; Rudy, Bernard, Luke and Isaac were slated for the Open Team Competition on the second day of play.  For Rudy, he had a fantastic day the day before and he was looking to build on it to further bring glory to Singapore.  For Bernard, Luke and Isaac, they were looking for a much improved performance to redeem and give a better account of themselves.

Singapore was drawn in Group 1 along with Spain (1 of the top Table Football nations), Gibraltar and Switzerland.  Singapore’s first match was against Gibraltar who was also made up of 2 adults and 2 youngsters to make for a evenly-matched contest.  Bernard was up against Lawrence Alvarez (Rudy’s opponent in the Individual event); Rudy was up against Francis Avellano; while Luke and Isaac were up against fellow youngsters Niall Dean and Leon Avellano respectively.

31-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – before the game

Both games involving the adults were tight affairs, as Bernard and Rudy were both edged out by the odd goal – Bernard by 1-2 while Rudy by 0-1.  Luke also lost 0-2 to his slightly older opponent.  Isaac, on the other hand, put up a great performance – finally scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup point in the Team event as he drew 2-2 with Leon Avellano (the U12 World Cup Quarter-Finalist in the Individual Competition) to put away the disappointments of the day before.  Well done Isaac!!

32-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – during the game

33-SIN v GIBRudy Hesty Roselan in action against Francis Avellano – Final Score: Rudy 0-1 Francis

34-SIN v GIBBernard Lim in action against Lawrence Alvarez – Final Score: Bernard 1-2 Lawrence

35-SIN v GIBLuke Lim in action against Niall Dean – Final Score: Luke 0-2 Niall

36-SIN v GIBIsaac in action against Leon Avellano – Final Score: Isaac 2-2 Leon

37-SIN v GIBSingapore vs Gibraltar – after the game

38-SIN v GIB

Singapore’s next match was against the No. 1 seed in International Table Football – Spain.  Rudy played against Carlos Flores / Juan Manuel Noguera; Luke played against Alberto Mateos Navarro; Bernard played against Jose David Somoza; and Isaac played against Antonio Jesus Casin.  This match-up was more of a lesson in Table Football for the Singapore players.  Except for Bernard’s game which was pretty well-contested with both players having clear-cut chances, the Spaniards comfortably won the other 3 games.

39-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – before the game

40-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – during the game

41-SIN v ESP42-SIN v ESPRudy Hesty Roselan in action against Carlos Flores / Juan Manuel Noguera – Final Score: Rudy 3-8 Carlos / Juan

43-SIN v ESPBernard Lim in action against Jose David Somoza – Final Score: Bernard 0-2 Jose

44-SIN v ESPLuke Lim in action against Alberto Mateos Navarro – Final Score: Luke 2-4 Alberto

45-SIN v ESPIsaac Lim in action against Antonio Jesus Casin – Final Score: Isaac 4-7 Antonio

46-SIN v ESPSingapore vs Spain – after the game

47-SIN v ESP

The final match for Team Singapore in the 2014 Rochefort World Cup was against Switzerland.  Bernard was up against Leonardo Cavallaro; Isaac was up against Roman Bernhardsgrutter; while Rudy was up against John Imbrogiano; and Luke was up against Saverio Albano.  Our 2 youngsters did very well and both lost narrowly by the odd goal – Isaac by 1-2 and Luke by 0-1.  After their games, both of them felt that they could have actually beaten their Swiss adult oponents had they been more composed and more confident.  Bernard fought out a tense 0-0 draw in a game which he had all the chances to score the winning goal to notch his 2nd World Cup game win.  However, it was not meant to be as he squandered chance after chance and clearly left his scoring boots back home in Singapore.  It was left to Rudy to salvage some pride for Team Singapore; as he secured Singapore’s first ever Team Competiton game victory by winning his game 3-1.  What a fantastic World Cup Rudy had as he continued to write his name in the annals of Singapore Table Football history with yet another fine performance in the Team Competition following his history-making showing in the Individual Competition.

48-SIN v SUISingapore vs Switzerland – before the game

49-SIN v SUIRudy Hesty Roselan in action against John Imbrogiano – Final Score: Rudy 3-1 John

50-SIN v SUIBernard Lim in action against Leonardo Cavallaro – Final Score: Bernard 0-0 Leonardo

51-SIN v SUILuke Lim in action against Saverio Albano – Final Score: Luke 0-1 Saverio

52-SIN v SUIIsaac Lim in action against Roman Bernhardsgrutter – Final Score: Isaac 1-2 Roman

53-SIN v SUISingapore vs Switzerland – after the game

54-SIN v SUI

55-SIN Group 1

While their predecessors in past World Cups planted and flew the Singapore flag high, the Team Singapore of 2014 definitely created history and wrote many ‘firsts’ into the record books of Singapore Sports Table Football.  By the end of the final whistle, they had added even more ‘firsts’ into the annals of Singapore Table Football:
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had won 2 consecutive games in a FISTF World Cup
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had got out of the Group stage to qualify for the Last 32 knock-out round
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Rudy) had won a game in the Team Competition
# First time Singapore players (i.e. Bernard and Isaac) had secured draws in the Team Competition
# First time Singapore players (i.e. Rudy, Bernard, Luke and Isaac) had scored World Cup goals in the Team Competition
# First time a Singapore player (i.e. Luke) had secured a draw in the U12 Individual Competition

While Rudy was clearly the ‘star’ of Team Singapore at the Rochefort World Cup 2014, fulfilling both his personal targets and also that of the nation, it is worth highlighting the laudable efforts of the other 3 players who though not as successful, also contributed to the success of Team Singapore … Bernard met his personal target of scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game victory in the Open Individual event.  Luke also met his personal target of securing his first World Cup game point in the U12 Individual event and scoring his first World Cup goals in the Open Team event.  And Isaac also met his personal target of scoring his first World Cup goals and securing his first World Cup game point in the Open Team event.

In an exclusive interview after the World Cup, our 4 players shared their thoughts for the below:

Question: How would you describe your personal experience of representing your country in the Rochefort World Cup?

Rudy:  Unbelievable dream come true.  Felt like a young teenager going out on a 1st date, nervous yet passionate with the will to try to impress.  Meeting all the big names in the modern Subbuteo and getting the chance to play competitive games (to name a few) with great players like Carlos Flores, Saverio Bari, Juan M Noguero and friendlies with legends players like Massimo Bolognino and Daniel Scheen plus Ladies top player, Trish Baumeler, and the most important of all was making many new friends and strengthening ties with the Subbuteo families from various part of the world, which really made the cross-continent, 16-hours journey a worthwhile and lifetime experience.

Bernard:  Simply ecstatic!! … a boyhood dream come true to finally become a National Player representing Singapore in the Subbuteo World Cup!!  For 2 days, I was living the dream of a ‘professional player’ playing for his country – this has been my dream since I was a little boy at the tender age of 9.  To have finally achieved and done it on the biggest stage in International Sports Table Football (at the World Cup) is something that I will remember for life!!  It has also been a very humbling learning experience for me; but it is an experience that made me better in terms of Table Football.  I also met many new like-minded friends from around the world and had numerous friendly games with them –  a great opportunity and an unforgettable experience!!

Luke:  The experience makes me feel proud to represent my country in the topmost level of Sports Table Football and make new friends from not only a different country, but from a different continent as well.  On overall, it was awesome.

Isaac:  It was an exciting, fun and enjoyable experience.  It was also a good experience to play against older and better opponents.

Question: Would you recommend other players to play in the World Cup?  Why?

Rudy:  Definitely yes, but be prepared mentally and physically. Mentally for the tough games you will encounter; you could end up being hammered by your opponents, personal experience – 0-6, 0-8 against the Italians & 3-8 against the Spanish 😉 .  Physically for the long journey and quick succession of games.  Nevertheless, all this are minor setbacks compare to the wealth of experience you will gain, by playing against world class players and watching the best playing.

Bernard:  A BIG definite YES.  For me, it was priceless to play against the best players in the world and to see up-close the difference in playing standards; the focus and concentration levels; and the speed and accuracy of these top players.  I definitely learnt a lot and benefitted from playing in the World Cup as it made me more aware of the finer details of the game and more importantly, made me realise the areas in my game that needs further improvement.  I strongly believe the experience of playing in the World Cup has made me a more confident and better player.  You also get to make many new like-minded friends from all over the world; which is another added bonus.  I am sure other players would similarly reap the same benefits.

Luke:  I will recommend other players to play in the World Cup as it shows that the popularity of the game is increasing in Singapore despite the electronic and console games that we have today.

Isaac:  Yes, because you can learn from the experience of playing against older and better opponents; and improve yourself and become a better player.  You can also make a lot of new friends.

Question: Would Singapore Table Football benefit from having players in the World Cup?  Why?

Rudy:  It has been proven before from the past players who went to Manchester, England and Madrid, Spain.  World Cup participants bring back new enthusiasm to the locals and belief that we could compete against the big boys in the Subbuteo World Cup.  Year 1, our SG boys (John and Kok Wee) managed to score goals against opponents.  Year 2, our SG player (Den Mulia) managed a win against foreign player while; Year 3, Team SG managed to qualify past the Group stage in the Open category and secured a win in the team event… What next? 😉

Bernard:  Again, a BIG definite YES.  As I have shared above, World Cups make better players and when these players return from the World Cup; they help raise the standards of play in Singapore.  And as the standards of Singapore Table Football increases, Singapore can send more stronger players / teams to the World Cup and further put Singapore on the World Map of International Sports Table Football.  This then creates a ‘virtuous cycle’ that can only be good for Singapore Table Football.  It is my strong belief that had we sent our top 4 or 5 players to the 2014 World Cup for the Open Team event, we would have ruffled some feathers and created another stir to qualify into the Knock-Out rounds – that would be another history-making ‘first’ for Singapore.  I really hope to see this happen in the near future; and also hope to be part of that team when the time comes 😉

Luke:  I think that Singapore Table Football will benefit from having players at the World Cup as you are placing you country’s name on the world map of Table Football and it will especially increase the number of junior players to play Table Football as this is the first time that TFAS is sending junior players to play at the topmost level of Table Football in the world.  However, it would be better if we could get sponsorships to broadcast the our games so as to attract more people to play the game.

Isaac:  Yes, because you come back from the World Cup a better player and may also beat older local players.  This encourages other Junior players to also try and follow your example and improve themselves to beat older players.

Last but not least, TFAS would like to commend the fantastic efforts of all 4 players of Team Singapore; and to congratulate and thank them for putting Singapore firmly in the World Map of International Sports Table Football!! … Well Done, Congratulations and Thank You!!!

Latest Release of TFAS Singapore (SG) Ranking (as at 1 January 2015)

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We start the New Year 2015 with the official release of the latest TFAS SG Ranking as at 1 January 2015!!

Who have been the most consistent player in Singapore in terms of performance and participation in the year 2014? …

Ouabi Rouis continues his domination in the Singapore Table Football circuit with consistent and winning displays in both the League and the Merlion Cup in the final months of 2014 as he took the League title by storm and successfully defended his Merlion Cup title.  He retains top spot as the current Number 1 ranked player in Singapore!!  Congratulations Ouabi!!

At Number 2 is Den Mulia Yusni, who moves up 2 rankings with victory in the Orchid WASPA and a Runners-Up finish in the Merlion Cup to displace both Bernard Lim and Michael Choong (both joint Number 2 previously).  Bernard did well to still feature in the top 3 despite the absence of League games (as he has already completed his League season).  He takes the Number 3 spot with commendable displays in both the Orchid WASPA and the Merlion Cup.

See below for the complete list of the SGR (Open):sgr-open-20150101-1-2sgr-open-20150101-2-2
Giovanni Choong continues to remain as the Number 1 Junior player in Singapore with commanding performances in the League.  Congratulations Giovanni!!  Isaac Lim and Luke Lim also consolidated their Number 2 and Number 3 rankings respectively.  There is no change in the top 3 rankings from the previous release; and these youngsters have certainly established themselves as the top 3 Junior players in Singapore in 2014.  Well done boys!!

The complete list of SGR (Jnr) as follows:sgr-jnr-20150101

Congratulations to all players who made improvements in their rankings.  To the rest of the players, keep flicking and you will move up the rankings too …

Who will be Singapore’s Number 1 by the next release?  Will the other Junior players (most notably the Sham brothers of Bhavin and Ruhan) challenge the current top trio of Giovanni, Isaac and Luke? … Stay tune for the next release of the SG Rankings in April 2015 …

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME …

TFAS Executive Committee – Call for Nominations

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OPEN LETTER FROM PRESIDENT OF TFAS

Dear fellow flickers in the Singapore Table Football Community,

With the increase in passionate players; the increase in new competitions / initiatives (such as the Championship League, Mini-Tournaments, Satellite Leagues, Coaching Clinics, etc); and new upcoming plans for more TFAS-affiliated clubs, I have decided to initiate a Nomination and subsequent Voting process that will officially form the TFAS Executive Committee to better bring the Association into the new year.  This process will end with the official announcement and official registration of the committee (as required by ROS).

This process will be carried out via email channel and will begin by 31 Dec 2014 and end by 1 Mar 2015.   The nomination request email will be sent to all registered emails in our website.  Upon receipt of this email, please forward your wise nomination and encouragement to other players in the community to take part in this important process.  See below for details of the process and timelines.

Thank you all and wishing everyone a Super Flicking New Year!!

Yours sincerely,
Tan Kok Wee
President
Table Football Association of Singapore


NOMINATION/VOTING PROCESS & TIMELINES

The TFAS Executive Committee is the highest decision-making body for Sports Table Football in Singapore.  It is responsible for formulating, implementing and executing strategies and plans to achieve the goals of TFAS.  Nominations are being sought for 1 candidate for each of the below positions 1-7; and 3 candidates for position 8 (see below for the Roles and Responsibilities of each position).

The President together with 2 members of the current TFAS Executive Committee, shall oversee and manage the entire process (i.e. tallying the nomination returns; announcing the top 3 nominees for each position for subsequent voting; tallying the votes; and announcing the elected appointment holders).  A 3-person team ensures checks-and-balances throughout the whole process; and at the same time retain the secrecy of the nomination/voting choices.  Timelines as follows:

– Call for Nomination emails out by 31 Dec 2014
– Nomination close by 21 Jan 2015
– Nomination results and Call for Voting announce on website by 25 Jan 2015
– Call for Voting emails out by 28 Jan 2015
– Voting close by 31 Mar 2015 – extended
– Voting results announce on website by 5 Apr 2015

Each registered email on TFAS website has 1 nomination/vote.  Should multiple replies be received from the same email, only the 1st email reply shall be considered.  The nominees must be Singaporeans.  While a person may be nominated for more than 1 position, members are reminded to be realistic and consider the capabilities of the person and the practicality of such a nomination.  In the event of a tie or any other infeasible outcome, the 3-person team shall confer and decide on the final resolution.

TFAS Executive Committee – Roles and Responsibilities

1. President
Responsible for all aspects of Sports Table Football in Singapore. Provide overall leadership and direction to all Executive Committee members. Has the right of veto for decisions where there are no majority vote.

2. Treasurer
Responsible for all financial matters of TFAS. Formulate and manage annual operating budget, track income and expenditures; and maintain clear accounting records for updates to Executive Committee and for reporting purposes to relevant authorities.

3. Secretary
Responsible for organising quarterly Executive Committee Meetings. Record minutes of meeting and track action items arising from these meetings. Also responsible to maintain the master list of players’ contact details. This list includes all players in Singapore be it newcomers, existing, licensed or unlicensed.

4. Sports Director (Recruitment & Retention)
Responsible for the recruitment and retention of new players to enlarge the Sports Table Football playing population in Singapore. Lead initiatives and programmes to introduce the game to newcomers and sustain their interest via regular coaching clinics and flick sessions. Also to work closely with TFAS-affiliated clubs and harness their efforts towards this objective.

5. Sports Director (Competition & Ranking)
Responsible to maintain the complete list of licensed players in Singapore and the issuance of licenses for submission to FISTF. Responsible for the administration of FISTF sanctioned tournaments organised by TFAS in accordance to FISTF requirements and the submission of the complete results to FISTF. Also responsible for the administration of the SG Ranking for all competitions sanctioned by TFAS; and the regular updates on TFAS website for these competitions.

6. Sports Director (League)
Responsible for the running of Singapore’s National League (i.e. the SG Table Football League) with the aim of making the top-tier the most prestigious League in Singapore where the top-ranked and best players in Singapore compete; and at the same time catering to up-and-coming players (both adults and youngsters) with a multi-tier structure comprising of promotion/relegation concept to hone their skills and improve the competitiveness of players in Singapore.

7. Sports Director (Rules)
Responsible for the consistent interpretation and application of the rules of Sports Table Football in Singapore as prescribed in the FISTF Sports Rules. Act as the Chief Referee in tournaments organised by TFAS. Also act as the contact person with FISTF to represent TFAS in all matters relating to Sports Rules.

8. Committee Members
Responsible to lead or assist in the implementation of TFAS projects and initiatives to promote, grow and develop Sports Table Football in Singapore. Together with the above appointment holders, they form the TFAS Executive Committee with each member holding 1 decision-making vote.