The 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League, also known as 2012–13 Red MR Hong Kong First Division League for sponsorship reasons, was the 101st season of the First Division League since its establishment.
Kitchee were the defending champions, won their 5th Hong Kong title in the previous season. The season featured 8 teams from the 2011–12 Hong Kong First Division League and two new teams promoted from 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division League: Kam Fung, which then renamed as Biu Chun Rangers, and Southern District who replace relegated Sham Shui Po and Hong Kong Sapling.
A total of 10 teams contested the league, including eight sides from the 2011–12 season and two promoted from the 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division League.
Locations of the Hong Kong First Division League 2012–13 teams
Stadia and locations
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Biu Chun Rangers1
||Sham Shui Po Sports Ground
||Sham Shui Po
||Mong Kok Stadium
||Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground
||Tseung Kwan O
||Hong Kong Stadium
||So Kon Po
||Aberdeen Sports Ground3
|Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei
||Mong Kok Stadium
||Yuen Long Stadium
||Tuen Mun Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground
|Wofoo Tai Po
||Tai Po Sports Ground
|Yokohama FC Hong Kong6
||Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground
||Siu Sai Wan
1 Renamed Biu Chun Rangers, previously known as Kam Fung.
2 The capacity of Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground can be increased to 5,000 if the temporary stand is opened.
3 After successfully gaining the right to play in the 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League on 8 April 2012, Southern plan to continue using Aberdeen Sports Ground as their home ground in the First Division League.
4 The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground is originally 9,000, but only the 4,000-seated main stand is opened for football match.
5 Renamed as Sun Pegasus, previously known as TSW Pegasus.
6 Renamed as Yokohama FC Hong Kong, previously known as Biu Chun Rangers.
Personnel and kits
The number of foreign players was restricted to six per team.
Updated to games played on 26 May 2013.
Rules for classification:
1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
1Kitchee won the 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off and thus qualified for the 2014 AFC Cup Group stage.
2Southern qualified for the play-offs as Kitchee defeated Sun Pegasus in the FA Cup while they have guaranteed a place for the play-offs, meaning the league 4th place qualifies.
3Wofoo Tai Po won the 2012–13 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield and thus qualified for the 2012–13 Hong Kong Season Play-off along with Southern District whom qualified due to Kitchee winning the FA Cup along with coming runners up in the league.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.
Positions by round
As there is a special fixture arrangement for rounds 7 and 8, in order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for round 7, but then played between rounds 8 and 9, it will be added to the standings for round 8.
Last updated: 4 May 2013
Updated to games played on 5 May 2013.
Source: Fixtures - RedMR First Division League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Fixtures and results
1 The capacity of Aberdeen Sports Ground is originally 9,000, but only the 4,000-seated main stand is opened for football match.
2 Yokohama FC Hong Kong's home matches against Kitchee and South China are played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground.
3 Biu Chun Rangers's home matches against South China and Kitchee are played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Sham Shui Po Sports Ground.
4 South China's home matches against Biu Chun Rangers will be played at Mong Kok Stadium instead of their usual home ground Hong Kong Stadium.
5 The match was abandoned after 28 minutes due to adverse weather and bad pitch conditions.
6 Since the 3,500-seated main stand was all full, the 1,500 temporary stand was opened and therefore the capacity of Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground was 5,000 in the home match against South China.
The play-off semi-finals were played in one match each, contested by the teams who finished in 2nd and 3rd in the 2012–13 Hong Kong First Division League table, the champions of Senior Challenge Shield and the winners of FA Cup. The winners of the semi-finals went through to the finals, with the winner of the final gaining 2014 AFC Cup participation.
- 5 Player scored 5 goals in the match.
- Most yellow cards (player): 7
- Most yellow cards in a match (club): 6
- Most yellow cards in total (club): 46
- Most red cards in a match (club): 2
- Most red cards in total (club): 5
The monthly awards are organised by the Hong Kong Sports Press Association. 20 journalists who specialise in football in Hong Kong will vote their best player of the month. Player with the highest number of votes wins the award.