HKJCYL (HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB YOUTH LEAGUE)

by | Aug 7, 2019

HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB YOUTH LEAGUE (HKJCYL – AKA ‘HENDERSON LEAGUE’) INFORMATION DOCUMENT

What is the HKFA Jockey Club Youth League (HKJCYL)?

The HKJCYL are the leagues organized by The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) that incorporate Districts and Clubs that are affiliated with the HKFA.

Which teams compete in the HKJCYL?

The Leagues are made up of the District programs that are all directly under the HKFA control (Eastern, Southern, etc), the academies of the Professional Clubs (Kitchee, South China, HKFC, etc) and HKFA affiliated clubs such as KCC and now MLFA. The players coming through from the HKJFL Clubs have traditionally gained access to this league through HKFC and KCC but now MLFA are offering opportunities too.

What Age Groups are involved?

There are 5 age groups within the Youth Leagues: U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18.

When does the Season Begin and End?

The Leagues will begin at late September / early October and run through until the end of May. There is also an FA Cup/FA Shield competition but this often only starts in mid-June and so it is hard for some of the clubs to properly compete in this.

What is the League Structure & Format?

All age groups are 11-a-side.
For the U13 and U18 age groups, all teams will be take part in a qualifying group stage in order to divide teams into 3 divisions.
For U14, U15 and U16 age groups, all teams will be directly divided into 3 divisions according to the result of 2017-2018 season.

What are the game days?

U13 and U14 games are mainly Sundays.
The U15s and above are mainly Friday evenings.

What are the Training days?

The information on the main clubs is listed below.

How does this tie in with the HKJFL?

Up until recently, the HKJCYL was seen as supplemental to the HKJFL and most of the players from HKJFL Clubs remained committed to their clubs and the HKJFL league and then also played HKJCYL. However, recently it seems that the HKJCYL League has started to take preference over the HKJFL with some players now only playing in the HKJCYL. This has been to the detriment of the these 2 oldest HKJFL leagues. Some clubs’ player numbers decline at the older age groups as the players move from Primary to Secondary schools and so many clubs struggle to field squads in the oldest age groups at 11-a-side to begin with. Add to this the loss of players for other reasons such as relocation overseas, and it has been difficult for many HKJFL clubs to enter competitive teams in these age groups – or for some, even to enter a team at all. There has also been some limited ‘migration’ of players to the HKJCYL Clubs and some of this is due to the misconception that players cannot play for one club in the HKJCYL and another in the HKJFL and also a perception that players must be in the HKJCYL if they want to progress as players.

What are the HKJFL Clubs doing to ensure the HKJFL remains competitive?

As a general directive, the HKJFL have been talking to the clubs within the HKJFL that are also HKJYL affiliated clubs to ensure that these leagues remain totally separate and that players who are currently registered with other HKJFL clubs for the Saturday HKJFL will, as a general rule, not be accepted on the HKFC, KCC or MLFA HKJFL teams unless they have a valid reason for wanting to change clubs. All HKJFL Clubs will actively encourage players in these oldest age groups to remain with their current HKJFL teams within this league. It cannot be stressed enough that this will not damage any players’ chances of being accepted on to these HKJYL affiliated clubs – the HKJFL are just trying to ensure that the oldest age groups remain viable leagues.

Another initiative from the HKJFL to ensure that our oldest age groups remain competitive

the HKJFL will be combining the U13 and U14’s into a single age group with 2 divisions (Premiership and Championship) in an attempt to enable more clubs to field teams to bolster the numbers of teams and allow teams to elect for the division that best suits their competitiveness.

Another important consideration, and a great incentive to play both leagues, is that the HKJYL will only start in October and next season the HKJFL is looking to ‘front-load’ fixtures in the U13/U14 leagues so that teams play a lot of fixtures in September and early October. The HKJFL will therefore provide players with a great ‘pre-season’ for the HKJCYL.

Can I do both HKJFL and HKJYC?

Most likely yes, as most HKJFL Clubs will now be looking to schedule their U13 and U14 training sessions around the HKJYL schedules and will also most likely be willing to accommodate players wanting to do both to avoid overscheduling. Your HKJFL Club is more likely to be willing to work with you to accommodate you that the HKJCYL teams. As stated above too, the HKJFL is looking to ‘front-load’ fixtures in the U13/U14 leagues so that teams play a lot of fixtures in September and early October. The HKJFL will therefore provide players with a great ‘pre-season’ for the HKJCYL

Should I do both?

At U13 and U14 age groups, students should really still be involved in as many sports as possible and should be mindful of specialising too early. Many Long Term Athlete Development models will attest to this. Players trying to do both and play schools football too can find it hard to fit in other sports and activities and can be training and playing football 5 to 6 days per week.

To be involved in the HKJYL during my later teens, do I need to be involved at U13

Not at all. If you are part of an HKJFL club that can offer a good level of training and has a competitive team in the HKJFL during the U13 and U14 years and this allows you to have a balanced life and be involved in other sports and activities, then this could be a better option for you. Then, once you are too old for the HKJFL (U15), you can then go to the HKJCYL teams and maintain a balance.

Club Information

HKFC
Age Groups: U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18
Divisions: U13 and U18 (qualifying takes place each season). U14, U15, U16 = Div 1 Trial dates: TBC but most likely:-
Aug 13 (Tue) – U14, U15, U16 and U18 start
Aug 14 (Wed) – U13 start

Training Days:

Tue: 4:15-5:45 – U14 & U15

Wed: 4:15-5:45 – U13 & U14 Fri: 4:15-5:45 – U13

5:30-7:00 – U16 & U18
5:30-7:00 – U15 & U16
5:30-7:00 – U18 (until Oct when league starts)

Website: (Not updated yet for next season) – www.hkfcjuniorsoccer.com Contact: Nam Nguyen : namnguyen@hkfcjuniorsoccer.com ; Mobile: 9307 8187

KCC

Age Groups: U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18

Divisions: U13 and U18 (qualifying takes place each season). U14, U15, U16 = Div 1

Trial dates: Tryouts will be mid-August. We will look to have minimum 3 sessions of tryouts, normally 1-2 a week.

Training Days:

U18: Mon 19:30-21:00 (Kings Park)
U16 and U15: Mon 19:30-21:00, Wed 16:30-18:00 (Both at KP) U14 and U13: Thursday 18:00-19:30 (KCC), Friday 16:30-21:00 (KP)

Website: http://www.kcc.org.hk/sports/football/ Contact: (Chris de Laiglesia) youthfootball@kcc.org.hk

MLFA

Age Groups: U13, U14, U15, U16 and U18 Divisions/ Trial Dates:

U13s – Qualification round, can be Division 1, 2 or 3 Trial Date 1: June 17th
Trial Date 2: August 12th, 19th and 23rd

U14s – Division 2
Trial Date 1: June 17th
Trial Date 2: August 12th, 19th and 23rd

U15s – New entry so Division 3
Trial Date 1: June 19th
Trial Date 2: August 14th, 21st and 28th

U16s – Division 2
Trial Date 1: June 19th
Trial Date 2: August 14th, 21st and 28th

U18s – Qualification round, can be Division 1, 2 or 3 Trial Date 1: June 19th
Trial Date 2: August 14th, 21st and 28th

Training days:

At Aberdeen Sports Ground and Happy Valley

U13s Monday & Thursday 4:30-6:00pm
U14s Monday & Friday 4:30-6:00pm
U15/16s Tuesday & Friday 4:30-6:00pm
U18s Boys Tue-Thursday 6:30-8:00 as available

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