Formed in 1977, the Yau Yee League is Hong Kong’s leading amateur competition.
The league’s top performers have regularly been on display at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens and will look to build on last year’s run to the Plate final.
The Yau Yee League Select lost all three group games last year to Kashima Antlers, West Ham United and Wellington Phoenix on the Saturday, but bounced back with wins over hosts Hong Kong Football Club and Kitchee in the knockout stage.
But the final against Australia’s Newcastle Jets proved one step too far as the A-League side prevailed 2-0, but it represented a commendable performance from the three-time Cup quarter-finalists.
Four years ago, Yau Yee League Select achieved their best performance when they defeated Stoke City and HKFA U-20 either side of a 2-1 reversal to eventual champions Atletico Madrid in the group stage to progress to the Cup quarter-finals.
A 1-0 loss to eventual runners-up West Ham United followed, but a penalty shootout victory over Aston Villa in the Shield semi-final saw Yau Yee League Select book a showdown with BC Rangers in the final, only to lose 3-1.
Yau Yee League Select also reached the Cup quarter-finals in 2012 and 2008, while draws against Manchester City in 2013 and defending champions Leicester City in 2014 have been among their most notable results.