The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has accepted in principle the idea of a new professional league for the coming season. HKFA chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak said they would definitely introduce changes suggested by a working group in order to bring soccer to a higher level. 'We have agreed that launching a new-look professional league will be the right direction for soccer in Hong Kong,' he said after a two-hour meeting of the board of directors. A four-member working group, headed by South China convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing, said they needed the endorsement of the Football Association by the end of the month or they would not have sufficient time to prepare for the new league. 'There are many proposals made by the working group and we will sit down to study them,' Leung said. 'I can guarantee there will be a new professional league in September.' Leung, however, said before they could start the new league they would discuss with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department the availability of venues following the two-year closure of Mong Kok Stadium for a major facelift. 'We need them to guarantee the use of six grounds with a maximum usage of 25 sessions per month in order to keep the ground in shape,' he said. Meanwhile, Brazilian striker Caca, believed to be the highest paid footballer in Hong Kong, was not included in the candidate list submitted by his club, South China, for the Footballer of the Year award. The 30-year-old, who arrived in January, has been a stand-out this season. The two FA Cup matches were called off last night due to the weather and will be played at Mong Kok Stadium tomorrow.