Contact Us offside.hk – Hong Kong’s first English platform for local football Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon Hong Kong If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact us! Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message 3 Comments 3 Comments Robin Ashton July 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm Hi, I was wondering if anyone on the Offside team or the site’s readers could help with a couple of queries regarding the Hong Kong league in the eighties, namely: How many foreigners could a team play? How many substitutes could a team name? And how many could they bring on? Reply Tobias Zuser July 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm Hi Robin, The substitute question might be a bit tricky, as it is hard to access any rule books. You might need to find and study match reports to deduct that information. Regarding your question about the foreigner quota, the 1980s were indeed very intense. Based on our archival research, the HKFA allowed 7 foreign players, however reduced the number to 6 for 1983/84, to three for 1984/85, and to two for 1985/86, before eventually banning all foreign players from 1986 onwards. This was a controversial decision, which was widely discussed in the news, and it is allegedly also one of the main reasons for Seiko to pull out of the league. Apparently, there have also been a few exemptions (e.g. for foreign players having lived in HK for 3 years – as well as a relaxed quota for the HKFC and the Police Forces team). It seems the ban was lifted in 1989/90, when teams were allowed to field 2 foreign players again. We extracted this information from the analogue South China Morning Post archive, so the information here might not be 100% accurate, as it is just based on occasional news stories (and not the actual rule book of HKFA at that time). Hope this is helpful. Great blog by the way! Best, Tobias (offside.hk) Reply Robin Ashton July 25, 2015 at 12:44 am Hi Tobias, That’s very helpful – thank you very much. Enjoying your coverage of the current state of HK football. Keep up the good work! Robin Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.