GZIFL: League History

The league was first played in 2005 and has already run nine successful competitions up until the present 2010/2011 Season. Prior to the formation of the league there had only been one main football team in Guangzhou catering for overseas players.

The Elephant and Castle team had been home to the majority of the international football community who had passed through Guangzhou since the team’s inception in the late 1990’s. However, by 2005 the Elephant and Castle Team was attracting as many as 40 players for every training session and if was apparent that more teams were needed in Guangzhou.

The Elephant and Castle Team divided and a new Spanish speaking team, La Armada, was formed. Some other players left to form a school team from Utahloy International School. Five further teams including Adidas and Decathlon Sports were recruited and an 8 team league was created. 

The first season began in September 2005 to coincide with the beginning of the regular football calendar and ran until the end of 2005. The first season was a great success. The football was very competitive and the teams bonded well on and off the field. After a short break for the Spring Festival the league recommenced with the addition of new and stronger teams including a Turkish team, Club Istanbul and Jun Jing Garden, the Guangzhou borough housing association champions.

This set a pattern for the development of the league, focusing on the strength and quality of the teams involved, which has continued in the years since. 
  • Competitions Format

The league has been played twice a year in Spring and Autumn seasons, from September to December for the Autumn season and March to June for the Spring season. During the formative years of the GIFL, the format varied from season to season depending on the number of teams taking part, and fixtures were arranged on either a home and away basis, or a round-robin format with end of season play-off games to decide the Champions.

Season 

Champions

Runners up 

 Autumn 2005           

 Adidas                     

 La Armada                  

 Spring   2006

 Elephant & Castle

 Bulldozer

 Autumn 2006

 Elephant & Castle

 Jun Jing Garden

 Spring   2007

 Elephant & Castle

 Paddy Field

 Autumn 2007

 Paddy Field

 Elephant & Castle

 Spring   2008

 Club Istanbul

 Paddy Field

 Autumn 2008

 Elephant & Castle

 Paddy Field

 Autumn 2009

 Arabic Team

 Elephant & Castle

 Spring   2010

 Golden Stars

 Paddy Field

 2010/2011

 Owners F.C.

  Paddy Field

 2011/2012  Owners F.C.
 Paddy Field
 2012/2013  Paddy Field

 Ciabatta Latinos 

 2013/2014
 GZ Allstars
 Latinos