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 division
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.