Hong Kong Premier League

Hong Kong Premier League fixtures: key dates as schedule is announced ahead of champions Kitchee starting new season on August 31

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 July, 2018, 5:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 July, 2018, 5:16pm

Back-to-back champions Kitchee will kick off the 2018-19 season of the Hong Kong Premier League on August 31, it has been announced.

They will face Lee Man at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground on Friday evening with an 8pm kick-off.

Two games follow on Saturday of the opening weekend as KC Southern take on Hoi King at Aberdeen (2.30pm) before Dreams v Pegasus at Tsing Yi (5.30pm).

The opening weekend rounds off with Yuen Long against Tai Po at Yuen Long (2.30pm) before former AFC Women’s Coach of the Year in 2016 Chan Yuen-ting starts her second stint as Eastern boss with a match against R&F at Hong Kong Stadium.

The assumption is clearly that Hong Kong’s team will not be in the final of the Asian Games, otherwise the schedule could prove disruptive to early season plans.

After an international break, the action resumes on September 14 with Kitchee v R&F the pick of the weekend’s games.

They meet at Mong Kok on Sunday September 16 at 2.30pm.

The first round of the Senior Shield is scheduled for September 20 and the first midweek HKPL games are on September 25, including Kitchee v Eastern under the floodlights at Mong Kok.

The Community Cup rounds out the first full month of action. League champions Kitchee take on Tai Po, the team they beat in the FA Cup final, again at Mong Kok on September 29 for the first silverware of the season.

Key Dates

October 11 – international break – Hong Kong v Thailand

October 27 – Senior Shield quarter-final

November 11-18 – EAFF East Asian Cup 2019 – Preliminary round two

December 23 – Senior Shield semi-final

January 6-9 – Interport Cup

January 26 – Senior Shield final

January 27 – FA Cup first round

February 5-8 – Lunar New Year Cup

February 5 – AFC Champions League 2019 – Preliminary stage one

February 10 – Sapling Cup group stage

February 12 – AFC Champions League 2019 – Preliminary stage two

February 19 – AFC Champions League 2019 play-off

February 19-20 – AFC Cup 2019 – Preliminary stage one

March 5/6 – AFC Champions League – Matchday one

March 5/6 – AFC Cup 2019 play-off – Leg one

March 12/13 – AFC Champions League – Matchday two

March 12/13 – AFC Cup 2019 play-off – Leg two

March 30/31 – FA Cup quarter-final

April 2/3 – AFC Cup 2019 – Matchday one

April 9/10 – AFC Champions League – Matchday three

April 13/14 – Sapling Cup semi-final

April 16/17 – AFC Cup 2019 – Matchday two

April 23/24 – AFC Champions League – Matchday four

April 27 – Sapling Cup final

April 30/May 1 – AFC Cup 2019 – Matchday three

May 7/8 – AFC Champions League – Matchday five

May 11/12 – FA Cup semi-final

May 14/15 – AFC Cup 2019 – Matchday four

May 21/22 – AFC Champions League – Matchday six

May 25 – FA Cup final

The full list of fixtures can be found on the Hong Kong FA website. All dates subject to change.