Chinese Football Market Update | July 21

Chinese Football Update: By July 21

Chinese Super League–CSL

1. Date to start the league: July 25th

2. Main rules:

1) 5 subs Max in 3 times / game

2) Up to 2 foreign players when facing teams without foreign players

–Considering that there’re still many players that can’t manage to return before the new season

3) Teams to be relegated: 1.5

–Promotion and relegation play-off between the penultimate of C1L and second place of The Chinese Super League

3. Transfer window:

Window 1: Jan 1st, 2020-Feb 28th, 2020

Window 2: July 2nd, 2020-July 29th, 2020

Window 3: Sept 1st, 2020-Sept 30th, 2020

4. Teams and groups:

Group A:

Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Suning, Shandong Luneng, Henan Jianye, Dalian Pro, Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai Shenhua, Shenzhen FC

— Location: Dalian City

Group B:

Beijing Guo’an, Shanghai SIPG, Wuhan Zall, Tianjin Teda, Chongqing Dangdai, Hebei CFFC, Qingdao Huanghai, Shijiazhuang Yongchang

— Location: Suzhou City

5. League Calendar:

Note: First stage–14 rounds

First two rounds:

China League One

1. Date to start the league: Mid August 

2. Transfer window:

Window 1: Jan 1st, 2020-Feb 28th, 2020

Window 2: July 2nd, 2020-5 working days before the start of the league (TBD)

Window 3: TBD

China League Two

CFA officially announced the U19 National team will participate in C2L in the new season.


Although this season’s schedule is all compressed into the second half of the year, there are currently no plans to cancel the CFA Cup. If it starts this year, it will definitely reduce the number of participating teams. At present, there are a total of 34 teams from CSL and C1L, 20 teams from C2L, 10 amatuer teams, a total of 64 teams.

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