Xiamen University

The history of Xiamen football

Few people realize that Xiamen is believed to have been the first city in China to play host to football matches. During the final years of Qing Dynasty, Western culture had a significant influence on China. In February 1898, Xiamen Yingwa School was established on Gulangyu by a British missionary. Records show that the Yingwa football team was founded soon after that, and football immediately became the most popular extra curricular activity of the school at that time.   The former venue of the People’s Stadium of Gulangyu was called Fan Zai Qiu Pu