CSL clubs facing rule changes on foreign players

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Chinese Super League clubs are set to face new restrictions on their use of foreign players. The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has issued a draft proposal on cutting the maximum number of non-Asian players allowed in CSL clubs’ squads from four to three.

Presently, teams are allowed four foreign players, plus one other non-Chinese player from an AFC nation – a system known as 4+1. If the changes are enacted, that would fall to three foreign stars, plus the one other Asian player from outside China – a 3+1 system.

A string of big-name stars have moved to China in recent transfer windows, with Chelsea and Brazil attacking midfielder Oscar the latest – he will join Shanghai SIPG in a £60million move next match.