Previous Clubs: Police FC, Warriors FC, GFA, Young Women, Kaki Bukit FC
One of the most recognisable figures in the local football industry, Wati actually started out as a netball player before being recommended by Ernie Sulastri to switch at the age of 19 because their school lacked a goalkeeper.
The rest was history, as she soon made the position her own at both the club and national levels.
Thirteen years on, the vocal and commanding Wati is still going strong and is the second-most capped Singapore female with 39 appearances. An impressive SEA Games 2021 campaign has given her extra vigour as she hopes to play on into her late 30s like her idol Hope Solo – perhaps even till 40.
DOB/Age: 29 June 1992 (30)
Previous Clubs: Petra Football Club, H20/ITE Dream Team, Tanjong Pagar United
Beatrice is a senior player in the National Women’s team, having been involved in multiple tournaments since her first call up in 2013, a privilege that she holds close to her heart.
While sports and academics are believed to be polar opposites in Singapore, it was studying that first pulled Beatrice into football – she was introduced to the game as a perfect study break while slogging in the period leading up to the ‘O’ Level examinations.
Beatrice was immediately hooked on the adrenaline football provided, playing at the junior college level before joining the Nanyang Technological University and representing Singapore at the 16th Asean University Games in 2012.
DOB/Age: 24 November 1988 (34)
Previous Clubs: Home United
The oldest player in the squad, and the most capped Singapore female player with 47 international appearances, Ernie is undoubtedly the leader of the Sailors’ Women team.
Making her debut in the WPL as early as at 13 years old, Ernie is a trailblazer – one of the first Singaporean female footballers to play overseas in Japan’s Division One and Two when she plied her trade in the Land of the Rising Sun between 2013 to 2014.
With a healthy diet and consistent cardio work, Ernie’s strong sense of discipline and dedication means she is still amongst one of the fittest in the squad. Ernie, who is adept at both centre-back and holding midfield, will be influential in passing on her wealth of experience and knowledge to her fellow Sailors, especially with a number of them almost half her age.
Khairunnisa Khairol Anwar
DOB/Age: 21 February 2003 (19)
Previous Clubs: South Avenue SC
Playing at the void deck with her brothers at the age of nine sparked Khairunnisa’s love for football, and she went on to represent Singapore at various age-group levels, and eventually earned a call up to the senior National Team.
The defender is an adept reader of the game who executes her tackles both aggressively and effectively.
As someone who juggles her school commitments and part-time work with football, Nisa is hoping that her sacrifices and perseverance pay off in the form of a first WPL title for the Sailors.
DOB/Age: 13 February 1997 (25)
Previous Clubs: Arion, Police Sports Association, Home United
It was watching her football-loving father play in matches with his friends that first sparked Munirah’s curiosity about the sport, a spark that was fuelled by children’s football programmes and grew into a bright flame that saw other sports like badminton pale in comparison.
The 25-year-old defender has gone on to play for the likes of Arion, Police Sports Association and Home United – the previous iteration of the Lion City Sailors – before finding herself at the cusp of a title challenge with the Sailors who are looking to win the WPL in their 2022 debut.
DOB/Age: 11 June 1994 (28)
Previous Clubs: Arion FC, H20/ITE Dream Team, Tanjong Pagar United FC
Having started out as a midfielder, Fatin is now most comfortable as a defender, because she relishes the feeling of not letting anyone get past her backline and helping the team keep a clean sheet.
Weekly void deck football sessions with her cousins led to her developing a passion for the sport as she began to play more seriously at the age of 17 at the junior college level.
Now more than 10 years into the game, her determination to succeed remains strong as ever. Fatin’s pre-match routine is wildly specific – she must consume a banana, some black coffee and three dates one hour before the game begins.
Nur Umairah Hamdan
DOB/Age: 11 March 2002 (20)
Previous Clubs: South Avenue CSC
Sporting a scar on her forehead due to an old head injury, Umairah’s commitment and love for the Beautiful Game is clear.
A no-nonsense centre-back who wears her heart on her sleeve, the youngster models her game after Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and is inspired to lead her team in a similar fashion.
Picking up the game at the age of five when she joined her brothers in a small community football club, Umairah never looked back, going on to play for her primary and secondary schools.
Her recipe for success is calming herself down with deep breathing and visualising how she plays in the dressing room before the game begins.
Nur Syazwani Ruzi
DOB/Age: 20 December 2001 (21)
Previous Clubs: Aerion FC
Having finished top scorer with eight Pannas to help the Sailors win the inaugural FAS Women’s Panna Challenge in 2020, Syazwani is blessed with skill and ball control. But playing as a defender, she has since worked on adding a touch of steel to her game by becoming more aggressive in 1v1 situations and committing to challenges.
Inspired by her football-loving dad, Syazwani picked up the sport at the age of five and honed her skills at Admiralty CSC. Syazwani simply cannot live without football – she is often found either kicking the ball in her home or just juggling whenever she has some free time.
Nur Izzati Rosni
DOB/Age: 24 May 1999 (23)
Previous Clubs: Still Aerion FC
She is now widely known as the player who scored that last-minute winner to help the Lionesses pick up their first SEA Games victory since 1985.
But Izzati’s football journey has many more layers.
She was the only girl in her father’s club in the JSSL National Youth League when she started at eight years old, already called up to the national Under-19 squad when she entered lower secondary and scored an astonishing 23 goals to help Queensway Secondary win their first B Division Girls’ football title.
Izzati then had to overcome various obstacles, suffering two serious injuries – a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and a full ACL and meniscus tear – in the space of two years, as well struggling for motivation after her mum’s passing last year.
Inspired by her idol Alex Morgan, Izzati is still standing tall and the goalscoring midfielder is looking to achieve even more success on the football field.
Hui Xin Ho
DOB/Age: 23 April 1992 (30)
Previous Clubs: Home United, Woodlands Wellington
A bit of a sports fanatic who dallied with badminton and track and field, Hui Xin gave football a go with friends when in primary school and was hooked by the camaraderie and team dynamics of football.
The sport took her on a journey of highs and lows that featured a Direct Schools Admission (DSA) entry into Victoria Junior College, stints with Home United – the previous iteration of the Lion City Sailors – and Woodlands Wellington.
Football continues to provide the 30-year-old Hui Xin a safe, challenging, space in which she could test herself – bringing with it her latest challenge: helping the Sailors’ drive to winning the WPL in the club’s debut season.
The midfielder who will turn 31 in August 2022 started playing football on the streets of Germany against boys before embracing a more formal setting in a club as a 12-year-old – still pitting herself against boys.
Off the pitch, football remains a central feature for Julia who has chosen a career in sports management and business development for German giants Borussia Dortmund – the very club that inspired her initial involvement in the sport.
It was Dortmund’s expansion into Asia that brought Julia to Singapore, and she brought her experience from VfL Bochum 1848 and SG Lütgendortmund to Warriors FC before signing up with the Sailors who are aiming to win the WPL in their 2022 debut.
DOB/Age: 29 October 2004 (18)
Previous Clubs: ANZA Singapore
One of the youngest players in the squad, Madison only turns 18 in October 2022, but already displays an air of maturity and assurance every time she is on the pitch.
The Canadian who has resided in Singapore her whole life, started playing the game at the age of five and went on to represent ANZA for a number of years.
A shrewd midfield operator who excels in both defensive duties and attacking responsibilities, Madison is looking to prove her worth in her first WPL season as she looks to achieve her aim of receiving a scholarship to play Division 1 football in a US university in the near future.
DOB/Age: 14 October 2003 (19)
Previous Clubs: Arion FA
Venetia started playing football at four years of age, joining her three older brothers at the JSSL Academy, playing alongside boys before the academy launched a girls’ programme some four years later.
With strong family backing – her father is a recreational player, and mom fervently supportive of the siblings’ commitment to football – Venetia played under the books of Arion FA before earning a call up to the senior Lioness squad, most recently representing the nation at the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games.
The central-midfielder who turns 19 in October 2022, has a musical streak and can play both the guitar and piano.
DOB/Age: 10 April 2002 (20)
Previous Clubs: Nil
Nicole’s father was a key figure in her football journey, first introducing the football to her, then supplementing her development with advice on what she can do to become a more well-rounded player and take her game to the next level.
And it has worked a treat.
Nicole started her football career at the junior college level, then quickly received a call up to the National Under-19s before being promoted into the senior Lioness squad.
The 20-year-old forward has gained more from football than just camaraderie and the privilege of donning the Singapore flag on her chest. Nicole has had to learn to balance her commitment to football with academics, a balance she hopes can help her do her bit on the Sailors’ drive towards the WPL title.
DOB/Age: 25 October 2004 (18)
Previous Clubs: Arion FC
Danelle is Singapore’s youngest international goalscorer, a record she set in August 2019, when she converted a 90th minute penalty in the Lionesses’ 2-1 loss to Timor Leste in the AFF Women’s Championship in her Lioness debut. She was just 14 years and 294 days old.
The forward who turns 18 in October, hopes to do her bit to contribute to the Sailors’ target of winning the WPL in their debut season.
Danelle started her football journey playing with boys, joining her brothers at the JSSL Academy aged six. She continued pitting herself against male counterparts in JSSL competitions through the various age groups, a move that continues today, becoming the first female to play in London’s Mill Hill School’s first eleven in a determined sprint after her football dreams.
DOB/Age: 29 July 2002 (20)
Previous Clubs: Warriors FC, Tanjong Pagar United
When she first gave football a shot as a nine-year-old, the sport gave her a sense of achievement and purpose, gifts Dorcas grabbed with both hands.
And she has not looked back.
Dorcas saw little success with Chinese dance, ballet and badminton, before jumping into football, and within two weeks, she became the only lower primary student representing her school in national competitions.
Three years later as a 12-year-old Dorcas was called up to the National Under-14 side, in what was the start of her journey into the senior Lioness side.
The 20-year-old forward models her game after Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney – bringing hunger and determination to the pitch, assets that she hopes can help drive the Sailors to success in the WPL.
DOB/Age: 4 June 2003 (19)
Previous Clubs: Aksil (Shanghai)
Born to a French mother and Singaporean Chinese father, Lila turns heads with her body feints and nifty dribbling skills on the field as much as she does off the pitch, with her exotic appearance.
Lila was influenced by her younger brothers to pick up the sport at 11 and did play for a brief period in Shanghai while residing there before returning home.
For Lila, succeeding in football is part of her effort to break stereotypes and prove that women can make as big an impact as men in the Beautiful Game. Despite her fashion industry aspirations, the 2021 Miss Universe Singapore second runner-up does not shy away from challenges that could cut or bruise.
Having earned her first international cap in 2021, Lila is looking to progress even further in the game by scoring goals to help drive the Sailors to their first-ever WPL title.
Miray Hokotate Altun
DOB/Age: 6 April 2005 (17)
Previous Clubs: AKS Shanghai, ANZA Singapore
The baby of the Sailors Women’s squad, Miray only turned 17 in April 2022, but has already shown the potential to become a top talent in the local football scene.
The Japanese teenager was part of the Sailors’ team that won the inaugural FAS Women’s Panna Challenge in 2020 and finished second top-scorer with seven Pannas.
A skilfull forward who is also adept on the wings, Miray actually only began playing football because her mum signed her up for summer camp when she was in first grade, fearing that Miray would become a couch potato.
DOB/Age: 19 April 1996 (26)
Previous Clubs: Arion, Cambridge University Football, Yonsei University Football, Philadelphia Flames
An adaptable forward who loves to drop back to link up play to make the game flow, Sara models her game after the USA’s versatile and resilient team player, Crystal Dunn.
Sara was only three when she kicked a ball for the first time with her cousins in her late grandmother’s garden. That little kick was the first step in a football journey that would take her from college football in England, South Korea, and America, then into the Singapore national women’s team.
As someone who works in the film and media sectors, Sara has a philosophical approach towards life, and she expresses that through both writing and her football.