Hong Kong Premier League fixtures: key dates as schedule is announced ahead of champions Kitchee starting new season on August 31
Can returning Chan Yuen-ting’s Eastern stop a third title in a row for new signing Mohamed Sissoko and co?
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.
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.