2020-21 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League and Announcement of 2019-20 Annual Awards

Hong Kong

Last year Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has overcome many changes and challenges, yet we keep working hard. It was announced today that the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League (HKPL) will begin on 24 October (this Saturday) with 8 teams playing in the new season. After six years, HKPL has been thriving together with everyone. The theme of the new season would be “Light Up Our Era”, encourage people to stay resilient and unleash the true potential. HKFA held an online press conference today through our Facebook page of HKPL to announce the new season of HKPL and introduce the sponsors and partners. 

HKFA is honored to have the title sponsor BOC Life to support us and the continual sponsorship from Nike Hong Kong Limited for official match balls and the ground staff gears and adidas Hong Kong Limited for the uniforms for referees of HKPL. 

Mr. Pui Kwan Kay, Chairman of HKFA showed his appreciation to BOC Life, other sponsors and partners for their continual support. Mr. Pui is excited that HKFA is able to start the new season despite the pandemic situation. “Recently, it has been full of uncertainty in the sports industry. Even with limitations, we completed last season because of everyone’s enthusiasm and support for football. While we did not have much time to prepare for the new season, the participating teams actively recruited new players and worked hard on their trainings. I am expecting thrilling and competitive matches for the new season. I would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding, especially in this challenging time. Meanwhile, I would like to say thanks to all media who have been making great efforts in order to bring the latest news of HKPL to fans.” 

Mr. Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited, said, “BOC Life has been working hand in hand with HKFA to foster the Hong Kong football development. We also actively support Hong Kong’s football matches through title sponsorship and bringing football activities to schools and communities. This year, the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League is entering its 7th season, we look forward to more support from clubs, players and fans for this top-tier league, and together to inject positive energy to the football industry and our society.” 

Nike will continue to provide the latest official ball for HKPL. The new Nike Aerowsculpt football will apply the technology of Aerowsculpt to boast truer flight by promoting airflow around it. In addition, Nike All Conditions Control (ACC) 3D ink can help to minimize the interference from air resistance. ACC helps ensure optimal grip in wet or dry conditions, optimizing aerodynamic stability. 

 Regarding the 2019-20 Annual Awards, the “Players’ Player of the Year” has been selected by all registered BOC Life Hong Kong premier league players in 2019-20 and the members’ representatives from Hong Kong Sports Press Association voted for the “Most Favorite Player”. Everton Camargo (Eastern Long Lions) was awarded “Players’ Player of the Year” by 32 votes. Everton Camargo was also selected as the “Most Favorite Player”. Meanwhile, the “ChelseaFC Soccer School (HK) x on.cc 2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League Goal of the Season” and the “ChelseaFC Soccer School (HK) x on.cc 2019-20 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League Save of the Season” organized by on.cc, were presented in order to motivate players who were devoted for the matches. Lai Pui Kei (Happy Valley) was awarded “Goal of the Season” and Chung Wai Ho (Happy Valley) was awarded “Save of the Season”. In addition, both Deble Serge and Igor Torres Sartori (R&F) were awarded “Top Scorer” by 6 league goals respectively. Everton Camargo (Eastern Long Lions) was selected as the MVP of Senior Shield and FA Cup Finals and Chan Shinichi (Kitchee) received the MVP of Sapling Cup Final. 

Moreover, on.cc will continue to be the exclusive online broadcast media partner of the HKPL. Football fans could watch the games through different online channels, including HKPL website welovehkpl.com and exclusive Facebook page. on.cc has been providing live broadcast of HKPL matches to local and overseas football fans for six seasons and it has been spreading the news of HKPL through live broadcast and media coverage. 

HKFA will continue to collaborate with online media Fanpiece.com and monthly magazine Football Weekly, in order to provide various channels for football fans to obtain all-rounded news and information about HKPL. Mr Derek Cheung, Co-founder & Director of Business Development of FanPiece mentioned, “This season is the 7th consecutive year that Fanpiece.com has been collaborating with HKFA. In this time of new era and new normal, we will continue to showcase HKPL with professional and lively video and high-quality articles. This season we will try to increase fans participation and encourage people to support HKPL and Hong Kong football.” 

Mr Lawrence Yip, Publisher, Titan Media Hong Kong Limited, said, “Football Weekly is a professional football magazine with international copyright. Throughout these years, besides reporting the stories of international football, we have been doing a lot of coverage on local football, including Hong Kong Premier League, grassroots football, etc. We are pleased to collaborate with HKFA once again on HKPL and become the media partner. I believe you could read more exciting stories about HKPL in our coming issues.”

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