If you are good enough, you are old enough.
That’s the saying in football circles emphasizing that a player’s skill and ability are more important than his age. Evidently,this saying is not accepted in Singapore football circles.
That’s the thinking I have when it’s announced that the National Football League (NFL), which is basically Singapore’s minor league, is going to propose a rule which state players in the NFL must be below 35 years of age. Many players and fans have come out to condemn this proposed rule, and you can count me in as one of them.
This has to be one of the stupidest rules I have ever heard. It’s stupid because for the life of me, I cannot understand the reason for this rule. This is not a youth rule because players above 30 but below 35 can play, yet at the same time it also doesn’t improve attendances or the quality of the game.
There are some former national and S-League players currently playing in the NFL which help boost attendances because they used to be names. Some of them are on the wrong side of 35 but are still good enough to be playing in the NFL. Taking out these players will kill attendances and cause a drop in quality because skillful, experienced players will no longer be able to be playing there.
So who does this new rule helps? No one. So why the need for this new rule? Your guess is as good as mine.