Hong Kong Football Association

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Hong Kong Football Association
Association crest
Founded 1914
FIFA affiliation 1954
AFC affiliation 1954
EAFF affiliation 2002
President Timothy Fok
Website www.HKFA.com
Hong Kong Football Association
The headquarters of HKFA in Ho Man Tin.
Traditional Chinese 香港足球總會
About HKFA

- Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) was established in 1914, and it has 100 years of history.

- In 1954, HKFA registered as a “limited company” under the Companies Act and became a member of FIFA and AFC.

- In 1972, HKFA applied for the allocation of land to build a 4 storey clubhouse with 19,000 square footage located at 55 Fat Kwong Street, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

- In 2011, HKFA received a funding from the Home Affairs Bureau under “Project Phoenix” to take the lead to advance Hong Kong football.

HKFA Missions

- To further enhance the Hong Kong Football development.

- To achieve the highest possible standards of football at all levels.

Target Goals

- Promoting local football activities and motivating people to become involved in football playing, coaching, officiating, watching and administrating;

- Increasing the levels of Hong Kong Representative Team to achieve the higher position in FIFA ranking;

- Developing the excellent working relationships with all stakeholders,the clubs and fans and attracting more and more spectators to support the local football league;

- Promoting grassroots training and pay attention on the youth training in the district football development;

- To work with the Government about the National Football Training Centre;

- The launch of a new professional league;

- Offering more coach education seminars at different levels;

- Designing referee education classes to increase the standards of referring;

- Promoting women’s football in Hong Kong.


Established in 1914, it is one of the oldest Football Federations in Asia and is responsible for organising various football competitions including the Hong Kong Premier League, for professional, amateur and young footballers in Hong Kong.

In 1954, HKFA joined FIFA, and was also one of twelve founding associations of the Asian Football Confederation. Hong Kong played an important role in the early development of Asian football, and was given the honour of hosting the first Asian Cup competition in 1956, in which Hong Kong came third in the tournament.

Despite being a part of the British Empire, and, more recently part of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong fields a separate FIFA-recognised national team.

HKFA is also responsible for operating the Hong Kong football team (Chinese: 香港足球代表隊), which represents Hong Kong and competes in international football events.

HKFA's President is Timothy Fok SBS JP. The association is currently led by Chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak.

Project Phoenix (2011 - 2014) and onwards[edit]

David Davies, the former Executive Director of The Football Association, was part of a team led by Mark Sutcliffe (Strategic Leisure Limited), which was appointed in September 2010 by Hong Kong Football Association to carry out the reform and restructuring of football in Hong Kong.[1] The outcome of the consultancy study was a three-year strategic plan to transform football in Hong Kong entitled Project Phoenix. This plan was approved by the HK SAR Legislative Council in March 2011 and the HKFA was given three years Government funding to implement the 33 key recommendations.

In November 2011, HKFA named Gordon McKie, the former head of the Scottish Rugby Union as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After less than six month of service,[2] his tenure was ended and Mark Sutcliffe replaced him as HKFA’s CEO in September 2012. Mark has had over 30-year experience in international sports and leisure management as well as being the principal author of “Project Phoenix”.

Ernie Merrick joined HKFA as the National Head Coach in January 2012.[3] He resigned after nine months [4] and his position is filled by South Korean Kim Pan-gon, the former coach of South China AA and Hong Kong national football team.

Steve O'Connor stepped into the hot seat as the Technical Director of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) in late May 2012. The responsibility of the position included improving the standards of local coaching, referee development, community and youth football activities and women's football. It also oversee the implementation of elite player development pathways from grassroots football to senior international level.[5] Steve left the HKFA in May 2014 and the responsibilities of Technical Director were split into two. Coach Kim took on the technical aspects of the job and the development side was handed to former Special Projects Manager Paul Woodland whose job title became Head of Football Development. He is an experienced sports and leisure management consultant with an extensive track record managing projects throughout the UK and international and was Project Manager for the Hong Kong National Football Development Strategy Study in 2009-10 also undertaken by Strategic Leisure Limited.

Between September 2012 and October 2014, the HKFA worked hard to implement the Project Phoenix recommendations. Good progress was made and this encouraged the Government to award a further five years funding to help the HKFA continue the transformation of football through the delivery of its new Strategic Plan, Aiming High – Together.



Name Start yeartime End yeartime
F. W. Eager 1914 1915
W. V. Pennell 1915 1916
Q. M. S. Williams 1916 1917
Yuen Mun Chuen 1985 1999
Yu Chik Sum 1999 2001
Lam Chun Ying 2001 2007
Leung Kam Yau
Lam Shing Kui (acting)
2007 2009
Yuen Mun Chuen 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ex-England chief lead HK reform South China Morning Post 2010-10-06
  2. ^ My links with clubs fell apart, says McKie South China Morning Post 2010-10-06
  3. ^ Former Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick to coach Hong Kong Herald Sun. David Davutovic. 17 December 2011.
  4. ^ Head Coach Ernie Merrick regigns after nine months job South China Morning Post 2012-10-27

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