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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Hong Kong Football Association

Hong Kong soccer clubs wonder when Project Phoenix funds will help them

Pui Kwan-kay. Photo: Felix Wong

The government-sponsored Project Phoenix was supposed to revamp Hong Kong soccer from top to bottom. Midway into its three-year cycle, it has achieved half its goal - those at the top are doing well indeed, much to the chagrin of other stakeholders.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

Hong Kong Football Association may segregate fans in bid to curb racism

A news screenshot of the soccer match between Hong Kong and Philippines, in which Hong Kong fans were said to shout insulting slogans to Filipino fans.

Opposing fans could be segregated for the first time under measures unveiled by the Hong Kong Football Association last night to tackle racism at matches. In its first response to allegations of racist and discriminatory acts at the international friendly between Hong Kong and the Philippines last week, the association outlined a number of actions to avoid such incidents in the future.

15 Jun 2013 - 9:00am 1 comment

Have racist fans scored own-goal for Hong Kong football?

Mark Sutcliffe. Photo: Felix Wong

The Hong Kong Football Association could face sanctions after the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) asked Fifa to investigate allegations its supporters were subject to racist abuse during last Tuesday's soccer friendly in the city.

14 Jun 2013 - 9:02am

Those who ignore racism are bad sports

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli gestures to Roma supporters after being subjected to racist chants on May 12. Photo: EPA

Picture this. As the visiting team's national anthem is played, a small but vocal minority of the home crowd expresses its discriminatory sentiments with whistling and hostile chanting. During the match, the home fans continually jeer the opposition players, visiting supporters and officials. It gets worse when the home team are defeated and the fans intensify their racial abuse by pelting opposition players and supporters with whatever objects they have at hand.

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14 Jun 2013 - 4:02pm 1 comment

Ethnic minority footballers see a straight line to goal at last

(From left) Leslie Santos, who sat the coaching exam in English, and Mohammad Wahid, Jeffrey Andrews and Abdul Aziz, who were offered a Chinese version only. Photo: Nora Tam

Three South Asian footballers who have represented Hong Kong internationally have been thwarted in their efforts to become coaches for five years because the local football association didn't hold exams in English.

But that barrier is about to be lifted as the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) plans to resume English tests - discontinued in 1998 - this year.

12 Jun 2013 - 4:12am

EOC, consulate back Filipino fans over race abuse at Hong Kong soccer match

Mark Sutcliffe. Photo: Felix Wong

Outraged Filipino soccer fans subjected to racial abuse from Hong Kong supporters were backed by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Philippines consulate yesterday.

A section of supporters yelled at Philippine fans that they were "all just slaves" during an international friendly at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night.

6 Jun 2013 - 7:40am 8 comments

Organisers confident of Barclays success despite rise in ticket prices

Hong Kong FA chief executive Mark Sutcliffe (front, centre). Photo: May Tse

Organisers are confident of another successful Barclays Asia Trophy this summer despite an average increase of more than 20 per cent in ticket prices for the same soccer event two years ago.

31 May 2013 - 5:03am

Soccer centre should be shared

Hong Kong Jockey Club will be footing the bill for construction of the national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O.

The contentious issue as to how a new national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O would be financially run once it is built has at last been resolved with the government agreeing to underwrite the costs for 10 years. It is a shame such an arrangement couldn't have been agreed right from the outset when the idea of a home for football was originally mooted - it would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

26 May 2013 - 8:40am

Government to underwrite soccer centre's operating costs

Brian Leung Hung-tak, New president of HK Football Association. Photo: Felix Wong

The government has agreed to underwrite millions of dollars in operating costs for the next 10 years so work can start on the long-overdue soccer centre at Tseung Kwan O. With construction costs soaring from an estimated HK$600 million to HK$750 million, up from HK$103 million when the academy was first mooted 10 years ago, the financially strapped Hong Kong Football Association is now waiting for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Charities Trustee to give the final go-ahead.

24 May 2013 - 12:05pm

HKFA U-turn on relegation to hit newcomers hardest

Newly promoted Yuen Long will have difficulty securing commercial sponsors after the Hong Kong Football Association decided to reintroduce promotion and relegation in the top flight for the coming season.

24 May 2013 - 4:11am

Final day scores in Hong Kong league entertaining yet draw suspicion

South China players celebrate winning the RedMR First Division despite losing the final match of their campaign 4-3 against Sun Hei at Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Edward Wong

The thrills and spills during last weekend's final round of matches in Hong Kong's top two tiers were spectacular, stunning and surprising, with a smidgen of suspicion slung in for good measure.

10 May 2013 - 2:40pm

HKFA to review eligibility rules after Kitchee fields Hong Kong-born Kiwi

Kitchee player Shay Spitz (left)

The Hong Kong Football Association will revisit its eligibility rules after league champions Kitchee were found to have fielded a Hong Kong-born New Zealand national as a local despite him not having a work permit.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:31am 1 comment

Paying Hong Kong soccer players a bonus if they win is good

Brian Leung Hung-tak, president of HK Football Association. Photo: Felix Wong

This is why tonight, players representing Hong Kong's senior team are apparently reinvigorated and motivated to perform well, with an enticing new "carrot" dangling in the form of a revitalised incentive scheme.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

HKFA boss attends summit on soccer corruption

Mark Sutcliffe

Hong Kong Football Association chief executive Mark Sutcliffe left last night for the two-day conference organised by the Asian Football Confederation and Interpol to find the best way to fight the global scourge which has its roots in Asia thanks to criminal betting syndicates.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:35am

Hong Kong soccer body seeks HK$20m in sponsorship for new Premier League

Steven Lo

Steven Lo Kit-sing, the HKFA vice-chairman, said yesterday discussions were ongoing with more than one firm. "These are not small companies but global corporations that have a strong financial background," said Lo, who is also chairman of the marketing and communications committee of the association.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:45am