Attending a Shanghai Shenhua Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

hongkou from jinmao

You’re aboard elevated metro line 3. The train climbs away from ground level at Shanghai Railway station and snakes through the northern districts of the city proper, affording a impressive view of the supertall skyscrapers accross the Huangpu river in Lujiazui. Minutes later, the line ascends even higher and Hongkou Football Stadium sweeps majestically into […]

Attending a Guangdong Sunray Cave Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

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Can’t get tickets to watch CSL and ACL champions Guangzhou Evergrande? Not interested in Guangzhou R&F’s attempt to qualify for the ACL for the first time? Then give watching China League One side Guangdong Sunray Cave a try. Read on for ‘s guide. Guangdong Sunray Cave have played in many stadiums across Guangzhou, Dongguan and Foshan in […]

Attending a Guangzhou R&F Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

R&F and Liaoning at Yuexiushan

Chinese domestic football had an early summer break for the World Cup but the third round of the CFA cup takes place midweek before the Chinese Super League matches resume at the weekend. here takes a look at going to Yuexiushan to watch Guangzhou R&F play. Located in downtown Guangzhou, Yuexiushan stadium is often referred […]

Join in the chant: A rough guide to the songs of Shanghai Shenhua

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delves deep into Chinese football culture to bring you the full repertoire of one of its best-known and most respected fan groups, Shanghai Shenhua’s Blue Devils (Lanmo) and its assorted sub-groups. Well-known for their use of Shanghainese dialect in some of their songs, we’ve included audio clips to keep you right – those who frequent […]

The 2012 China Grassroots Football Expo Kicks Off!

Grassroots Football Expo

The past two years has seen a galvanization of the professional game and its profile in China. Anelka, Drogba, & Lippi have put the CSL on the international football map and CCTV5 has been increasing its coverage of the domestic game. Chinese football is on the up. Or is it? Despite these efforts numbers of […]

International Football Tournaments in China

Amateur Adult Tournaments are being organized throughout China.

While the attention of international tournaments in China is usually reserved for high profile clubs such matches do not always impact the development of the game in China as expected. In fact the uber-publicized and over-promoted matches of visiting European ‘blockbuster’ clubs sometimes to shadow the domestic efforts happening right before our eyes. has taken […]

Expat Football in China: A Rough Guide

Expats in China: Fighting for chances to play

has assembled a compilation of information surrounding the international soccer communities among expats in Chinese cities. Compiled from online resources as well as personal and professional networks, hopes the information will be useful for developing soccer communities in local cities and the greater China community. Expats in China: Fighting for chances to play With the […]

Attending a Beijing Guoan Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide


Beijing Guoan has been one of the best draws in Beijing the past few years, with massive crowds turning out to watch one of the CSL’s best sides week in, week out. If you’re looking to get in on the action, here’s how to do so. How to Get Beijing Guoan Tickets The only official […]

A Guide to Football in Shenyang

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China’s northeast is a footballing hotbed, and of the three provinces, Liaoning has always led the charge, in particular, the province’s capital city of Shenyang.  Despite the lack of success for the city’s local teams, it has produced an inordinate amount of China’s top footballers who’ve gone on to great success in other sides around […]

A Guide to Football in Nanjing

National Government of the R.O.C

Nanjing is a city rich in history. Roughly 300km west of Shanghai this former capital is home to many famous landmarks and historical events such as Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum, the ancient Confucius Temple and the tragic massacre of 1937. One thing Nanjing is not famous for though is it’s football team. Jiangsu Sainty enters […]