A.League set to introduce new Asian quota
Currently, clubs in the A-League are allowed to sign on up to five imports per club from any confederation, but this rule is set to expire in 2018.
This gave FFA a chance to tweak the rules and the change means that A-League clubs can still have five foreign players on their books, although one must come from an Asian nation.
“FFA has determined to move to a 4-plus-1 structure for the 2018/19 season but will prudently review the implementation to consider all relevant factors and impacts at the end of the 17/18 season,’’ FFA chief executive David Gallop said in a media statement.
“The 4-plus-1 structure will strengthen the A-League by further integrating Australian football into the Asian community and still ensuring the development of talented Australian players.”
Notable Asian players to have graced the A-League are former Japanese midfielders Shinji Ono and Kazuyoshi Miura.
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