The club will join the likes of the J-League's Albirex Niigata and Vissel Kobe in expanding their activities outside of Japan by competing in Hong Kong's first divisionJ-League Division 2 side Yokohama FC on Monday announced their entry into Hong Kong's professional football league with the formation of a sister club.
The new team, to be called Yokohama FC Hong Kong will compete in the Hong Kong Football League First Division at the end of August following a training camp in Japan. According to an announcement posted on the club's official website, the new team's roster will be filled with a combination of local players in their early 20's as well as experienced foreign players.
The announcement makes Yokohama FC the second Japanese club to field a sister team overseas following Albirex Niigata, who operate a club in Singapore and earlier this year announced plans to create a combination of football club and study-abroad programme in Catalunya, Spain. Cerezo Osaka have also reportedly explored the possibility of establishing a sister club in southeast Asia.
Yokohama FC are currently ninth in the J2 standings with 37 points from 24 matches.