Hong Kong Women League

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Hong Kong Women League
Founded1986
Country Hong Kong
Confederation AFC
Number of teams8 (First Division)
6 (Second Division)
Level on pyramid1 (First Division)
2 (Second Division)
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Current champions Happy Valley (1st title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsCitizen (5 titles)
Website http://www.hkfa.com/en/

The Hong Kong Women League (Chinese : ) is a Hong Kong football league for women's association football clubs. It was originally established in 1986 by the Hong Kong Ladies Football Association, but was re-formed and is now organised by the Hong Kong Football Association. It does not affiliate to any women football leagues in the rest of China.

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History

Established in 1986 by the Hong Kong Ladies Football Association, the first season was competed by 6 teams, with Caroline Hill Women winning the title. However, since the association is not well-structured, the league was organised badly.

In 2009, after Hong Kong won the gold medal in the 2009 East Asian Games, the Hong Kong government announced and introduced the Project Phoenix which suggested that the Hong Kong Football Association should introduce a new and structured women league.

In 2012, the HKFA introduced the new Hong Kong Women League with 10 teams competing for the league title.

In 2018, the HKFA introduced the two-tier system for the Hong Kong Women League, with 8 teams competing in the First Division and 6–7 teams competing in the Second Division.

Competition format

There are 8 clubs in the First Division. Each club plays other clubs twice for a total of 14 games. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion. If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner.

Each match lasts for 90 minutes, with 45 minutes halves. Each club is allowed to name 3 foreign players on the pitch and to make at most 5 substitutions in a game. [1] However, Hong Kong FC are the only team which can name more than 3 foreign players on the pitch as they are formed by foreign people.

The above rules remain the same in the Second Division.

Competing clubs

2012–13 season

The following 10 clubs are competing in the Hong Kong Women League during the 2012–13 season.

Club
Remarks
Blake Garden Men's team competing in Fourth Division
Chelsea Soccer School
Citizen Men's team competing in First Division
GoodBellas
HKIEd Representing the Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong FC Men's team competing in Second Division
Sai Kung Men's team competing in Fourth Division
Shatin Men's team competing in Second Division
Tai Po Men's team competing in First Division
Yin Tsing

Champions

See also

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References

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