SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: SIFL History

Monday, June 18
A Brief History of the SIFL

Football began modestly in Shanghai with weekly indoor 'pick up' games organized by Armando Hurtado. Players from various countries met on Saturday afternoon to play for fun. In 1994, Bokke Veltkamp, Tom Bus, Jan Berges, Brian McCloskey, and Ian Jameson decided to organize monthly tournaments on a more competitive basis. The first ever tournament was contested by 4 teams, Oranje, Lions, Mediterranean and Russians. 8 such tournaments were held and more teams joined in. The winners were as follows - Mediterraneans FC, Russians FC, Lions FC, Lions FC, Lions FC, Africa FC, Africa FC, Russians FC.

With the popularity of these tournaments growing and the number of competitors increasing, they decided to organize a league running over a whole season. So in 1995 the Shanghai International Football League was born. This was played as 9-a-side, on half fields with no offside. The first championship consisted of 8 teams.


In 1996/97 the committee introduced the SIFL Cup competition. In addition, the committee decided to have a Opening Tournament and a Closing tournament each season. At the end of each season, there was an awards dinner to present team trophies, Player of the Year, Top Goalscorer etc.


The 2000/2001 season was where the league made the biggest move forward, this was the year that we introduced 'real football', on a full size pitch, 11-a-side and offside!!! This was also the season when the SIFL League Cup was introduced, which is now known as the Hebiguchi Cup. The introduction of 11-a-side football has really improved the quality of the league, and this has been proven with our teams doing very well in International tournaments.

Team History Stats (2 Seasons or more in SIFL and in order of success)

Shanghai Shooters AFC
14 Seasons in SIFL
8 SIFL Premier League Championships 
9 SIFL Cup
3 Hebiguchi Cup
4 SIFL Opening Tournament
2 SIFL Closing Tournament
8 International Tournament Wins

Qilin A (Previously Shanghai Lions)
9 Seasons in SIFL
4 SIFL Premier League Championships
2 SIFL Cup
1 Hebiguchi Cup
3 SIFL Opening Tournament
3 SIFL Closing Tournament
1 International Tournament Runners-Up

Azzurri FC (Previously Club Italia)
16 Seasons in SIFL
2 SIFL Premier League Championship
1 SIFL Cup
2 Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
3 Opening Tournament
1 Closing Tournament
1 SIFL Plate
1 International Tournament win

U-Team FC (Previously Yueting Joyspeed)
4 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Premier League Championship*
1 SIFL Cup
3 Hebiguchi Cup
2 Opening Tournament
1 Closing Tournament

Shanghai United FC (Previously Russians FC)
17 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Premier League Championship
1 SIFL Cup
1 Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
1 Opening Tournament Runners-Up
2 Closing Tournament Runners-Up
1 International Tournament Win

Team X FC
2 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Premier League Championship
1 SIFL Cup Runners-Up
1 Opening Tournament Runners-Up
1 Closing Tournament

Japan FC
17 Seasons in SIFL
3 SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
1 SIFL Cup Runners-Up
2 Hebiguchi Cup
1 Opening Tournament
3 Closing Tournament
3 International Tournament Win 

Oranje FC
17 Seasons in SIFL
2 SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
1 SIFL Cup
1 Hebiguchi Cup Runners-Up
1 1st Division Championship
1 Opening Tournament
1 Closing Tournament Runners-Up

Puxi Lions FC (Previously Olympique Camembert, Les Bleus & Bulldogs)
14 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
1 SIFL Cup
1 Hebiguchi Cup
2 Closing Tournament Runners-Up
3 International Tournament Win

Krauts FC
17 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Premier League Runners-Up
1 1st Division Championship
1 SIFL Cup Runners-Up
1 Opening Tournament
1 Closing Tournament
1 International Tournament

Voodoo FC (Previously Dragons FC)
10 Seasons in SIFL
2 1st Division Championship
1 Hebiguchi Cup
3 International Tournament Runners-Up

D.I.B. FC
1 Seasons in SIFL
1 Hebiguchi Cup
1 First Division Championship
1 Closing Tournament

Vikings FC
17 Seasons in SIFL
1 Closing Tournament Winners
1 Opening Tournament Runners-Up
2 International Tournament Wins

Shanghai 2000 FC
3 Seasons in SIFL
1 Opening Tournament Winners

Nomads FC
2 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Championship

Shanghai ReUnited FC
7 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Runners-Up

Latino's FC
3 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Runners-Up

Shanghai Cosmos FC
4 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Runners-Up

Happy FC
2 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Runners-Up

FC Teranga
1 Seasons in SIFL
1 1st Division Runners-Up

Voodoo Child FC
5 Seasons in SIFL
1 SIFL Plate
2 Closing Tournament Runners-Up

Corean International FC (Previously Korean Patriots FC)
7 Seasons in SIFL
1 Hebiguchi 7s Runners-Up

Anzacs FC
8 Seasons in SIFL

The Eagles FC
4 Seasons in SIFL

Sauerkrauts 06 FC
6 Seasons in SIFL

Long Tang FC
3 Seasons in SIFL

Shanghai 3United FC
3 Seasons in SIFL

New World FC (Previously Cucarachas Dos FC)
3 Seasons in SIFL

Hong Kong FC
2 Seasons in SIFL

Crazy Turks
2 Seasons in SIFL

Other teams that have played 1 season in the SIFL and not won a trophy are: Santa Fei Devils FC; Fortuna FC; Geuzen FC; Reggae Boyz FC; FC Vlis; Shanghai Jackals FC, Qilin B, and Korean Red Devils FC.



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