MUST-know new policies for 2020 from CFA

Since the change of the leading group of CFA in 2019, it has been releasing signals to promote reform. Within a few months, the public witnessed the change of members of the Executive Committee of CFA, the attempt to promote the establishment of professional league committee, the restriction of player salaries and club investment in professional league, etc. Because of the great changes, the relevant policies for 2020 season had not been issued.

Xuyuan Chen, newly-elected president of CFA in 2019

On the last day of 2019, CFA finally released the important policy of 2020 Professional League on its official website, which was recognized by most sports media and journalists.

Notice on policy adjustment of professional league in 2020:

Naturalized player

I. A naturalized player who meets the following conditions shall register and register as a domestic player:

1) The player was born in the jurisdiction of Chinese Football Association;

2) The biological father or biological mother of the player was born in the jurisdiction of Chinese Football Association;

3) Player’s biological grandfather or biological grandmother was born in the jurisdiction of Chinese Football Association.

II. If the naturalized player does not meet the requirements (1), he / she shall be registered as a domestic player.

According to the relevant regulations of the Asian Football Association, for a naturalized player who meets one of the following conditions, each Chinese Super League club can apply for at most one person according to the domestic player, and more than one person will occupy the place of foreign aid application. League One and League Two clubs do not have the registration places for such players.

1) Five years of naturalization;

2) Have the official competition qualification of the national team.

Ⅲ. If the naturalized players do not meet the requirements (I) and (II), they shall be registered as domestic players, but occupy the number of foreign aid applications.

Ⅳ. In the same season, the registration and registration status of the same naturalized player shall not be changed.

Player salary

I. Domestic players

1) The total annual pre tax amount of all salary contracts newly signed (signed after November 20, 2019) between the Chinese Super League domestic players and the club shall not exceed 10 million yuan, including but not limited to signing fees, portrait rights, real estate, vehicles, stocks, bonds, etc;

2)The players selected for the national team will be 20% higher, that is to say, the total annual pre tax amount of all salary contracts newly signed with the club (signed after November 20, 2019) shall not exceed 12 million yuan. The players of the national team shall be subject to the final registration list of each world cup, Asian Cup and World Cup qualifier, Asian Cup qualifier in that year;

3) All commercial contracts signed by players and third parties outside the club shall be confirmed by the Chinese Football Association or the authorized organization of the Chinese Football Association. The process includes:

  a. Players or clubs need to file commercial endorsement contracts with CFA or CFA authorized institutions;

  b. The player or club shall provide a certificate to the Chinese Football Association or the authorized institution of the Chinese Football Association to prove that the commercial contract does not have an association with the club or the company it represents;

  c. CFA or the authorized organization of CFA shall establish a special committee to determine whether the commercial contract cost is reasonable. If it is unreasonable, the contract amount will be included in the total remuneration of the player.

4) The salary standard does not include the bonus specified in the financial agreed indicators (2019-2021) of CSL, CSA and CSB clubs.

II. Foreign players

1) The salary of foreign players newly signed (signed after January 1, 2020) shall not exceed 3 million euros after tax, including but not limited to signing fees, portrait rights, real estate, vehicles, stocks, bonds, etc;

2) The salary standard does not include the bonus specified in the financial agreed index (2019-2021) of CSL and CSL clubs.

Ⅲ. U21 players

1) The total annual pre tax amount of all salary contracts newly signed (signed after November 20, 2019) by U21 players of CSL, C1L and C2L League and the club shall not exceed 300000 yuan, including but not limited to signing fees, portrait rights, real estate, vehicles, stocks, bonds, etc;

2) If the cumulative playing time of CSL and FA Cup exceeds 900 minutes; if the cumulative playing time of CSL and FA Cup exceeds 1800 minutes; if the cumulative playing time of CSL and FA Cup exceeds 2700 minutes, the pre tax annual salary limit of U21 player’s professional contract shall not exceed 300000 RMB (the playing time of each level of league players can be converted according to the proportion: 1:2:3);

3) The salary standard does not include the bonus specified in the financial agreed indicators (2019-2021) of CSL, C1L and C2L clubs.

Adjustment fee

The adjustment fee standard for transfer of domestic and foreign players remains unchanged. The adjustment fee is charged from full amount to difference (i.e. only the part of transfer fee exceeding the standard is subject to adjustment tax).

Foreign player policy

1. For CSL:

The maximum number of foreign players registered in each club is 6;

The maximum number of foreign players registered in the registration list is 5;

The maximum number of foreign players registered in each game is 5;

The maximum number of foreign players to be in each game at the same time is 4;

The total number of foreign players registered in the whole year is 7;

2. For C1L:

The maximum number of foreign players registered in each club is 4;

The maximum number of foreign players registered in the registration list is 3;

The maximum number of foreign players registered in each game is 3;

The maximum number of foreign players to be in each game at the same time is 2;

The total number of foreign players registered in the whole year is 4;

U23, U21 policy

1) At least one U23 player shall be kept on the court in each game of CSL and C1L;

2) At least one U21 player shall be kept on the court in each match of each team in C2L;

3) U23 players who are selected into the national team and U23 national team list among the first-line players of CSL and CSL can enjoy the U23 exemption policy during player training and competition.

Reserve League

1) There is no adjustment to the match system of CSL Reserve League. Foreign players registered by the club but not registered for the CSL can participate in the reserve team competition;

2) Cancel the reserve league of C1L. A U23 tournament reserve match system will be set up for CSL, C1L and C2L. CSL and C2L clubs sign up voluntarily and C1L clubs must participate. 

For U23 league teams, players aged 23 and above can register up to 3 players in each game. Players aged 23 and above must register in the first team. For U23 league teams, each team is allowed to register up to 5 players aged 17-19. First team players who meet the age and appearance requirements can join the U23 League at any time.


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