HKFC Soccer Section
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2017)|
|Full name||Hong Kong Football Club|
|Founded||12 February 1886|
|Ground||Hong Kong Football Club Stadium|
The Soccer Section of Hong Kong Football Club (Abbreviation: HKFC; Chinese: 香港足球會) fields a range of teams at various age divisions in the Hong Kong leagues. The First Team currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League.
While the soccer team has won many titles in the second-tier competition in recent years, they have rarely enjoyed success when playing against the professional sides in the First Division. In 1980 however, "CLUB" as they were commonly known, did manage to avoid relegation from the Professional First Division for the first time in their history. One of the highlights of the season was a 1–1 draw with eventual Champions Seiko SA. On 10 May 1980 at the HK Government Stadium CLUB defeated Kui Tan 1–0 with an 87th-minute penalty scored by John McGunnigle, meaning Kui Tan joined Urban Services in the drop that year.
In the past few years, HKFC opted not to take promotion to the First Division. In 2006, finally, the club accepted the promotion after winning the Second Division. After showing initial promise, they lost 4 league matches in a row between March and April 2007 and were relegated to the Second Division. They did however become Champions of the Second Division again in April 2010 and returned to the First Division.
In 2016, two years after the establishment of the fully professional Hong Kong Premier League, HKFC finally decided to seek promotion to the top flight after finishing as runners-up behind Tai Po in the 2015–16 Hong Kong First Division League.
International Soccer Sevens
The team is known outside Hong Kong for being the host of the annual HKFC International Soccer Sevens youth-team seven-a-side tournament which attracts high-profile teams such as Manchester United, Aston Villa and Celtic.
- Hong Kong First Division League
- Winners (1): 1919–20
- Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield
- Winners (5): 1898–99, 1907–08, 1915–16, 1918–19, 1921–22
- Hong Kong Second Division League
- Winners (13): 1972–73, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
Manchester United Premier Cup Hong Kong U 15 2011 Champions
Henderson Elite Youth League U 15 Champions
First Team Squad
- As of 12 March 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Soccer Section Chairman||Kieran Flynn|
|Soccer Section Secretary||Les Collett|
|First Team Liaison Officier||Christy Chan|
|Sports Development Officer||Ivan Fung|