Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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The Rational Ref by William Lai

Play the game, by any means possible, anytime, anywhere

Futsal is just one of many short-sided forms of soccer enjoyed around the world, and has a strong Hong Kong link

Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Short-sided soccer tournaments have been held in Hong Kong for decades, such as the Golden Ox Seven-A-Side event in 1985, in which tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung handed over first prize to Dave Anderson of an English Combined team. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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William Lai

William Lai

William Lai is a qualified soccer referee, instructor and assessor, and has also officiated in England and Australia. As an educator, scientist and social scientist, he is also interested in human behaviour which is why his column offers an alternative and rational commentary of what happens on and off the pitch.