Southern District FC
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|Full name||Southern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd|
|Ground||Aberdeen Sports Ground|
|Chairman||Chan Man Chun|
|Head Coach||Cheng Siu Chung|
|League||Hong Kong Premier League|
Southern District Recreation & Sports Assn Ltd (Chinese: 南區足球會), commonly known as Southern and currently known for sponsorship reasons as Kwoon Chung Southern, is a Hong Kong Premier League professional football club based in Southern District, Hong Kong. They currently compete in the Hong Kong Premier League.
Southern District entered the newly formed Hong Kong Third District Division during the 2002–03 season. However, the team did not reach the Hong Kong Third Division League Final Round and thus did not get promotion in the first few years of their history.
In the 2006–07 season, they reached the Final Round for the first time since the club was formed. They were the runners up of the Third District Division and qualified for the Final Round, however, they could not get promotion as they only managed to gain two points.
In the 2007–08 season, they retained last season's good performance, reached the Final Round again as they were again the 1st runner-up of Third District Division League, 9 points behind Shatin. Unfortunately, they could not gain the promotion again as they were 4 points behind the promotion places.
In the 2008–09 season, they could not qualify for the Final Round as they only placed at 4th of Third District Division.
They were finally promoted to the Hong Kong Second Division for the first time in the 2009–10 season. They were the 1st runner-up of the Third District Division League and competed with the other 3 teams in the Final Round for promotion. Although they only placed at 3rd in the final round, Eastern decided not to accept promotion and the right to be promoted was passed to Southern who did accept.
They successfully avoided relegation and stayed in the Second Division during their first season. They were the 4th out of 12 teams, 10 points behind the champions Sham Shui Po. On the other hand, they won their first torphy since their formation on 9 January 2011. They defeated Double Flower in the final of Hong Kong Junior Challenge Shield at Hong Kong Stadium.
They were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division for the first time in the 2011–12 season, as they were the 1st runner-up of the Hong Kong Second Division, three points behind the champions Hong Kong Rangers.
In 2016-17, Southern finished third in the table, their highest position in club history.
After Southern were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division, the club have continued to use Aberdeen Sports Ground as their home stadium.
First Team squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
LP These players are considered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.
- Hong Kong Second Division
- Runners-up (1): 2011–12
- Hong Kong Third District Division
- Runners-up (3): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
- Hong Kong Junior Shield
- Champions (1): 2010–11
Southern District is the first Hong Kong football club of creating an eSports department. By partnering with Nova eSports, they signed Ronnie Yau as a FIFA player and Kevin Lau as a Pro Evolution Soccer player.
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