Wanchai SF

Full name Wanchai Sports Federation
Founded 2002
Ground Happy Valley Recreation Ground
President Martin Hong
Head Coach Ku Kam Fai, Chan Chi Hong
League Hong Kong First Division
2015–16 9th

Wanchai Sports Federation (Chinese: , also known as Wanchai or Wanchai SF) is a football club which currently plays in the Hong Kong First Division League operating by Wan Chai District Council. The club has been the affiliated club of Hong Kong First Division League club South China since 2009.


In 2002, the Hong Kong Football Association introduced the Hong Kong Third District Division League, which was formed by teams operating by each District Council of Hong Kong. Wanchai SF was one of the 11 clubs among 18 district councils to join the league in the first season.

The club did not perform well since they were formed as they were usually placing at the bottom half of league table. In the 2008–09 season, the club were placed at the bottom of the table among 15 teams, only had won one match (vs Wong Tai Sin, originally lost 0–6. However, a suspended player played for Wong Tai Sin in the match. Therefore, Wong Tai Sin was given a 0–3 lose.) in 14 matches.

Recent performance

Affiliation with South China

In 2009, Wanchai SF became the affiliated club of South China. The two teams formed a youth team system, named Wan Chai South China, to compete in the Youth League.[1] The first team did not perform well in the first season of affiliation. They got 4 points in 13 games only, again were the bottom of the league.[2]

Starting from 2010–11 season, South China appointed first team assistant coaches Ku Kam Fai and Chan Chi Hong as the coaches of Wanchai SF. On the other hand, Wanchai signed numerous of ex-First Division player, such as Shum Kwok Pui, Wong Chi Keung. South China Reserves goalkeeper Tin Man Ho also joined the club. These changes had strengthened the team and the team had become a title challenger. After finishing all the 18 league matches they got 43 points, which helped them claim the Third District Division title.[3] In the Third Division Final Round, Wanchai defeated Eastern, Kwun Tong and KCDRSC to get promoted to the Second Division for the first team in club history.[4]

Promotion to Second Division

The 2011–12 season was the best ever season in the club history. Being the newly promoted team with any experiences in Second Division, the club had not only kept the players, but also signed more ex-First Division such as Lo Chun Kit and Colly Barnes Ezeh. As an underdog at the beginning of the season, they performed unexpectedly well, having chance to promote to the First Division. Although they could not get promoted, they still placed in the fourth place, only 7 points behind Southern District, the runner-up of the league which get promoted.[5] They performed well in cup competition too. They defeated Hong Kong Football Club, Fire Services, Shatin and Wing Yee to reach the final of the Junior Challenge Shield. Their season culminated in victory over Happy Valley 3–0 to claim the Junior Challenge Shield at Hong Kong Stadium on 18 February 2012.


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