Hong Kong Football Association Sapling Cup (Chinese: 香港足球總會菁英盃), more commonly known as Sapling Cup (Chinese: 菁英盃), is a Hong Kong domestic football competition contested by all the teams in the Hong Kong Premier League. The objective of the Cup is to provide more playing opportunities for youth players in Hong Kong.
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champions||Eastern (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Kitchee (2 titles)|
|2021–22 Sapling Cup|
The champions will receive HK$100,000 in prize money while the runners up will receive HK$40,000. The MVP of the final will receive a bonus of HK$10,000.
The current Sapling Cup holders are Eastern.
- 2015–2017: During the course of competition, each team must have on the pitch no fewer than two players under the age of 22 and no more than six foreign players at any time, or to send no more than four foreign players at any time.
- 2017–2019: During the course of competition, each team must have on the pitch no fewer than two players under the age of 22 and no more than four foreign players at any time.
- From 2019: During the course of competition, each team must have on the pitch no fewer than three players under the age of 22 and no more than four foreign players at any time.
|*||Match went to extra time|
|†||Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time|
|2015–16||Pegasus||1–1 †||South China||Mong Kok Stadium||2,150|
|2016–17||Tai Po||2–1||Pegasus||Mong Kok Stadium||2,956|
|2017–18||Kitchee||2–1||Tai Po||Hong Kong Stadium||2,165|
|2018–19||Lee Man||3–2 *||Yuen Long||Mong Kok Stadium||2,685|
|2019–20||Kitchee||3–1||Southern||Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground||0|
|2020–21||Eastern||2–0||Happy Valley||Mong Kok Stadium||2,243|
Performance by clubsEdit
- "Fixtures of 2019–20 Sapling Cup". HKFA. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
- "HKFA Announcing new cup competition "Sapling Cup" and full match schedule". Hong Kong Football Association. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- Chan, Kin-wa. "No showers for players with Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground to host domestic games again behind closed doors". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2 March 2020.