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

Int'l football exchange to get a boost in Xiamen, 1st Amoy Cup to kick off

The first Amoy Cup will be held at the People’s Stadium of Gulangyu Island on 23rd June, 2012    The history of international football games in Xiamen is set to be changed as the first Amoy Cup football tournament is to be kicked off on 23rd June, which coincides with the Chinese traditional Dragon Boat Festival. It will be a historic moment for international friendship between Chinese and foreign football players in Xiamen, as there will be 8 football teams from Xiamen and 2 teams from other cities. Each team is composed of both Chinese and foreign players.