2009–10 Hong Kong First Division League
2009–10 Hong Kong Football Association First Division League (known as HKFA bma First Division League for sponsorship reasons) is the 98th top tier football league of Hong Kong. Because of the renovation of Mong Kok Stadium which will last for two league seasons, the current First Division League has allocated eight stadia for the eleven participating teams to play their home games.
The inaugural match was held between South China AA and Tai Chung on 6 September 2009. It was the first time since 1987–88 season that the inaugural match was not played between the former season Champion and runner-up.
Hong Kong Football Association disqualified Tuen Mun Progoal on 27 November 2009 due to Tuen Mun Progoal defaulting on labour insurance.
The title was won by South China, their fourth title in a row. Happy Valley and Shatin were relegated at the end of the season. This is the first ever relegation for Happy Valley and came in their 60th anniversary season. The players from Happy Valley and Fourway Rangers were involved in a match-fixing scandal.
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