Chan Yuen-ting

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Chan Yuen-ting
Personal information
Full name Chan Yuen-ting
Date of birth (1988-10-07) 7 October 1988
Place of birth Hong Kong
Playing position Defender, Forward
Club information
Current team
Eastern (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Shatin
National team
2008–2013 Hong Kong
Teams managed
2015– Eastern

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Chan Yuen-ting (陳婉婷; born 7 October 1988) is an association football player and manager from Hong Kong. She is the first female manager to lead a men's professional association football team in a nation's top domestic division to a league championship.


In December 2015, Chan was appointed as the manager of Eastern Sports Club in the Hong Kong Premier League, replacing Yeung Ching Kwong. She was the first female manager in the league.[1][2]

Chan became interested in association football through her admiration as a teenager for David Beckham.[2] Despite her parents' initial desire that Chan pursue a more stable career, her first position after graduating from university was as a data analyst for Hong Kong Pegasus FC (then known as TSW Pegasus FC). Prior to joining Eastern, she worked as an assistant manager at fellow Hong Kong Premier League clubs Pegasus FC and Southern District FC.[1][3] She also held coaching roles with the Hong Kong women's national association football and futsal teams, and plays at the non-professional club level for a team from Sha Tin.[4][5] During her time with Pegasus FC, Chan led their under-18 team to three trophies.[2]

Chan led Eastern to win the 2015–16 season, losing only one of the fifteen games played since Chan took over.[6] With Eastern's victory, Chan became the first woman to coach a men's professional association football team to the championship of a national football association's top league.[5][6] Eastern also won the 2015–16 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield, only a month after Chan's appointment.[3][7]

In a March 2016 interview, Chan expressed an interest in managing teams elsewhere in Asia that had more established football cultures, but also that she hopes that her success steers investment into football in Hong Kong.[3]

In 2016 she was chosen as one of BBC's 100 Women[8]


  1. 1 2 Chan Kin-wa (26 December 2015). "Southern stun league rivals Kitchee 2–1 to make Senior Shield final". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 James Porteous; Kevin Kung (8 December 2015). "The first woman to coach in the Hong Kong Premier League takes over as coach for Eastern". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 Ambrose Li (2 March 2016). "HK Profile: Chan Yuen-ting – The first ever HK Premier League head coach". Time Out Hong Kong. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  4. "Chan Yuen Ting becomes first ever female head coach in HKPL". 8 December 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. 1 2 Chan Kin-wa (23 April 2016). "Meet Chan Yuen-ting, the first woman ever to lead a men's team to a top-flight soccer title". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Chan becomes first female to lead men's team to top-flight title". Four Four Two. Haymarket Media Group. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. Chan Kin-wa (24 January 2016). "Eastern warm coach Chan Yuen-ting's heart with her first silverware". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. 2016, BBC, Retrieved 24 November 2016
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