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Lower League Game Files for Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong Database is a user-adjustable detail-rich lower league simulation. 10 separate editor files offer flexibility with the challenge level. Adboards plus club and competition logos are provided at each level of competition. The Hong Kong facepack contains 699 images of existing players and non-players. An additional 2372 images of club officers, coaches, players and officials are included.

Six tiers are provided for promotion within the HKFA pyramid. HK Tier 1 approximates English Tier 5, the National. HK Tier 5 and 6 approximates English Tier 9 and 10, the county leagues. Cup competitions are tier appropriate with the FA Cup open to all clubs in the pyramid. Four international competitions are introduced to allow Tier 1 clubs to grow beyond the stature of the league.

Hong Kong is slanted towards academics rather than athletics, so the youth system will see a significant number of useable regens coming from included school leagues. In reality, some of the recent youth stars are of expat and/or mixed race origin, and there will be useable regens coming from non-league and/or expat based city regions.

Actual Hong Kong football is dominated by a small number of underwriter supported clubs. The provided databases flatten the revenue structure through a league position award and taxation system, and open new transfer avenues to undervalued nations. The revamped youth system allows smaller teams the opportunity to grow talent and increase their stature, before being poached by larger clubs.

Because Hong Kong football is weighted towards the elite few, my gameplay experience in FM16 and 17 saw an easy ride through the middle tiers. To increase the challenge, I balanced the league by adding new players and staff to all existing tiers of the pyramid. These additions are in separate files, so one can play with only the league structure, only new officials and staff, or only new non-players and experienced players, or only new officials, non-players, experienced players and new players up to tier 4.

Tier 5 introduces a new division made up entirely of expatriate clubs. Such leagues exist in HK at the amateur level. The new tier extends and enhances the actual situation. Tier 5 is optional, but adding it and the accompanying 860 youthful facepack images will extend enjoyment of this challenge without a proliferation of regen faces. Tier 6 represents the amateur leagues, of which I have only included parts of The Legal, Union and Yau Yee Leagues. In FM17, my amateur league included all their divisions, but it made the groundshare stadiums into a soggy mess. So, for this version, I include only the top amateur divisions.

One will have to extend disbelief into new stadiums. As the world's most expensive real estate market, land is at a premium. Where possible, 7-a-side fields are utilized as reserve stadiums and training grounds. This prevents the soggy mess situation previously referenced and delays the want of some clubs to build their own, which in reality is an impossibility.

Until FM18, Hong Kong regens had mainland chinese names and surnames. Romanization rules are different for the two territories. While this problem has been fixed, one can still see the wacky english names chosen by Hong Kongers. A separate name database is included, if one wants to flood the pitch with the fanciful, so to speak. Type 'hong kong english names' into a search engine for some laughs.


Playtesting (twenty years)

In world rankings, HK Premier League is below English National League, Irish Premier, German Regional, French Nations 2, Turkish League 2 and above Croatian League 3, Malaysia Super League, Polish Second Division. Hong Kong T5 is on par with Icelandic Third Division, Dutch Zaterdag and Zondag, Swiss Second League Interregional, English County Leagues.

In terms of FIFA world ranking, after twenty years Hong Kong is ranked 62nd between Kosovo and Lithuania. Within Asia rankings, HK sits between South Korea and Uzbekistan. Within Asia conferences, HK Premier League sits between Kuwaiti Premier and Thai League.

After twenty years, the starting five financiers disappeared. All clubs were at a minimum of finance ok. Some of the lower tier teams were running in the red. Top tier turnover ranged from 1.2m to 4.9m. Average attendance increased from a range between 1330-2380 to 2100-7500 while T2 attendance trended down from a range of 630-1880 to 280-1850.

Offside.hk reports Premier League budgets from 600k to 4 million GBP. After twenty years of gameplay, the annual wage of Tier 1 clubs is 514k to 1.3m GBP. The annual wage budget of T2, T3 and T4 excluding top and bottom clubs are between 105k to 550k, 52-350k, 35-303k.  



Hong Kong, SAR
Population: 7,392,000
Language Official: Cantonese and English (Hong Kong Basic Law article 9)
Spoken English Competance: 23/41/35% very good, average, not good*
FIFA Conf: Asian Football Confederation
FIFA Rank (Present, High, Low): 144, 90, 172
FIFA Rank perspective, between Soloman Islands (143) and Afghanistan (145)
AFC Champions League Appearances: 1, 2016-17 Eastern A.A.
FA Tiers/Clubs: 4/46
Avg Attendance Premier League: 1142 (week 23, HKFA site)
Capacity Stadiums: 2400-7800 (Premier League)
Players T1 Total/Foreign %: 288/88, 31% (2018 Oct Transfer Markt)
CA Observed Top Pro HK Club: 63-105 (Highest 14 Players)
CA Observed Bot Pro HK Club: 46-098 (Highest 14 Players)
Consistency Top Pro HK Club: 07-015 (Highest 14 Players)
Consistency Bot Pro HK Club: 05-010 (Highest 14 Players)
Compare England T5, Torquay: CA 65-90, Consistency 8-15
*2016 Thematic Household Survey, HK Census and Statistics Dept

Tiers (Actual 2017-18/FM18/Gamepack)
11/10/10 T1,Premier League
16/16/10 T2,HKFA 1st Division
14/14/18 T3,HKFA 2nd Dvision
12/12/18 T4,HKFA 3rd Division
nn/00/36 T5,(new international conference)
nn/23/48 T6,(four amateur divisions)
09/00/32 T7,(university and academy division)
nn/00/40 T8,(college divisions)
nn/00/10 T9,(non-league)

Cups National (in editor file)
HK Community Cup
HK Senior Challenge Shield
HK Junior Challenge Shield
HK Amateur Cup



All HKFA T1 clubs are professional and T2-4 clubs are now semi-professional. Attendance and reputations are normalized. Existing sugar daddy and underwriter clubs continue to be. Sponsorships were normalized to a minimum level and compensated for with division performance awards. Recruitment and Youth Academy ratings are normalized down from a world class level down to a reputation appropriate level; compensation is through a higher youth rating which allows lower league teams to purchase higher levels for thousands rather than millions.

A new expat league is added to form T5. Current expat and locals continue to play in the amateur division of tier 6. One T6 division is semi-pro and can be used to climb the ladder for the ultimate lower league challenge.

A pyramid system is introduced. Traditionally, semi-pro clubs refused promotion to the professional Premier League, historically, some placements have been arbitrary. T6 Non-league (amateur) clubs can now be promoted to the HKFA through a playoff system.

T7 and T8 represent for-profit football academies, secondary schools and the university league. T9 contains non-league clubs.



The database weights league vs cup competition to provide 75/25% of turnover. This is a predictable income scheme for lower level clubs. A taxation scheme is introduced to keep the rich from getting too wealthy. So, there is a path to break into the middle ranks. However, it is hard to consistently compete against Premier League underwritten sides.


Cities/Local Regions

Modified to a total of 199 cities to include proper inhabitant range, latitude/longitude, altitude, weather, and attraction level as a function of proximity to the number of MTR subway lines and/or (express) bus routes. Modified 59 local regions. 18 HK regions now have proper population and weather. Others are in-country expatriate regions and foreign expatriate regions that models the Hong Kong diaspora.



Only HKFC, South China, Govt support service associations, and academy/schools own pitches. HK pitches are groundshare with assignments managed by HK Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Added T1-2 alternate stadiums to lower level clubs.

Added and modified 212 stadiums and fields to include correct latitude/longitude, seating, capacity, city, seating color, pitch dimensions and type, build and modified date where available, and condition. LCSD database and Happy Valley facility map were used as reference: 7-a-side facilities converted to reserve/training pitches and 11-a-side pitches were added/modified. HK Centre of Excellence training facility was also added. Certain university and secondary school facilities of proper dimensions were added. Some pitches were added to accommodate new clubs.

One can view the current stadiums, capacities and locations here.

Nation (file: 100 HKG Policies)
Adjusts Youth Rating from 47 to 80
Adjusts FA from Completely Useless to Very Important
Adjusts Starting Personality Attributes to Above Average->Good
Changes Nationality Status to Accumulative from Consecutive Years
Moves English to primary language and adjusts Chinese upwards
Add preferred secondary and attack/defense formations
Adds Macau as Non-Foreign
Adds nations to preferred Transfer Continent and Nation
Adds Progressive Tax Regimen to temper HKFA league awards
Tx fees set to the Dutch level to properly compensate for poaching

Club (file 101 HKG Clubs)
Installs League Structure and Cups

Cups International (file:102 Asia Competitions)
AFC Trophy (32 teams/top 8 nations)
AFC Plate (32 teams/top 8 nations)
AFC Gold Challenge Series (64 teams/top 16 nations)
AFC Silver Challenge Series (64 teams/9-32 ranked nations)
AFC Bronze Challenge Series (64 teams/17-47 ranked nations)

Officials (file:103 Officials)
Reclass 83, Add 138
Assign officials to (new) AFC competitions, HK Tiers 1-6, HK Cups

Officers (file: 104 Officers)
Add 134 Chairmen and Managing Directors to clubs without entries
Add 13 agent/advocates to nation Hong Kong

Coaches (file: 105 Coaches and 106 Reclass)
Add 445 and Reclass 120 Managers and Coaches to clubs without and new clubs in T5 and T6. All clubs will have at least a first team manager and assistant. Upper tier clubs also receive reserve team manager and specialty coaches, fitness and/or goalkeeping.

Players (file: 107 Players)
Add 209 older players to T1-3 Clubs, CA 50-70, Consistency 13-14

Players (file: 108 Players)
Add 553 young players to T1-4 Clubs, CA 30-60, Consistency 9-12

Players (file: 109 Players)
Add 860 youth players to T5-6 Clubs, CA 20-24, Consistency 9

Names (file: 110 Names)
Add 4800 combinations of the 20 most common HK surnames and 240 first names

Extra (file: 111 Extra)
Add 25 senior players to T6 Metro League for mentoring, CA 40, Con 12


How to use the files
The numbered editor files will load in order. The minimum needed to play are files 100 and 101. File 102 adds asia competitions and is optional. File 110 introduces cantonese and anglified names and is optional.

In order to use the facepacks, the prior numbered files must be used. So for instance, if one wants to only add T1-T4 young players (file 108), one must install all prior numbers (files 100 through 107). If one wants to add mentoring players contained in file 111, files 100-109 must be installed, 110 is optional. This is because new players are sequentially numbered.


Road Map FM18
Update Adboards Video for AFC competitions, only have a placeholder now.
Make User Defined Bug Fixes


Road Map FM19 (after 19.3 is released, will get to as many points as possible)
Update Hong Kong Facepack, remove outdated entries, review T1 Senior Faces
Update Hong Kong Clubs and Logos, there seem to be a few new ones
Update Alternate Stadiums to include later stages of certain cups
Revise downwards starting PA and consistency values for added players
Review possibility of consolidating editor files
Assign mental, physical and technical attributes to added players
Assign player/non-player status for added players to create future coaches
Create transfer file for future seasons to account for foreign league poaching
Update non-league clubs if time remains

How to Install
Download files from the main site or mirror site.
Once are in the main file area, the zip directory/sub-directory will create/use the proper directories and then place files in their place, if installed on Windows OS.
-- >documents/sports interactive/football manager 18 is for ads, adboard pictures, editor files, and facepack & logos
-- >(program files)-->football manager 18-->data is for adboards video

If you are just testing out the database, do not load the 110 Names editor file. It processes for about 20-30 mins.


Sample of Static and Video Ads


Install Cautions
ads.xml will overwrite your current one. Please back this up if you intend to play other schallenge/scenarios. The HKG Adpack will overwrite any other adpack defaults you are using. Please backup graphics->pictures->ads->default before installing. Other directories should peacefully coexist with your current files.

If in 3d match play/highlights player nameplate and/or jersey numbers disappear, install adboards video fonts into the same directory as the video ads.


Edited by racingsquirrel

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Ridiculous levels of detail, cheers for the work. Always good to see more Asian leagues given the attention it sorely lacks in the original database. 

On a side note, I don't know if it's the names file (which took more than an hour to load btw), but many of the added players have female names. Not sure if this was intentional since their genders are still male, but the same goes for the international/expat clubs. 

On a second load, I believe the naming issue lies with the 107-109 files. 

Edited by uhhhmigraine

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On 02/11/2018 at 06:15, uhhhmigraine said:

Ridiculous levels of detail, cheers for the work. Always good to see more Asian leagues given the attention it sorely lacks in the original database. 

On a side note, I don't know if it's the names file (which took more than an hour to load btw), but many of the added players have female names. Not sure if this was intentional since their genders are still male, but the same goes for the international/expat clubs. 

On a second load, I believe the naming issue lies with the 107-109 files. 

File 107 contains experienced players. I didn't have enough male hong kong faces, so I made do with what was at hand. There are female tiers in the lower levels, 108, 109 & 111. Personally, I think it makes for a better looking facepack. It's just my opinion, which is why it's optional. There is no attribute solution for female gender players.

As you note, There is quite a bit of detail. It always takes awhile to do the annual conversion.

As for the load time, it is purely the names file. Again, this is optional as FM18 fixed the mandarin vs cantonese romanization problem. However, who doesn't want to see ironman and titan in their lineups?

Glad the files worked for you. I have only installed it on two computers, so it's not as well-tested I would like.

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