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Report: CSL set to limit number of foreign players

Beijing's Ultras A Part Of Growing Football Culture In China

CHINA OUT BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 28: Ultra supporters and fans of the Beijing Guoan FC celebrate together after a goal against Chongcing Lifan FC during their Chinese Super League match on June 28, 2015 in Beijing, China. There are growing legions of ardent supporters and fans of China’s football clubs. The government is also trying to foster a football culture in the country by mandating football programs in 20,000 Chinese schools in a recent plan devised by President Xi Jinping to make China a football power.. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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The Chinese Super League has made a quick name for itself over the past year with the division’s lucrative spending habits, however, that could all be coming to an end.

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According to various reports in China, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) is prepared to limit the number of foreign-based players on each club’s roster ahead of the new season.

It is being suggested that teams will be allowed to hold five non-Chinese players on an active roster, however, each club will only be sanctioned to play three of those players on any given matchday.

Additionally, the proposed changes would also dictate that each team have two under-23 Chinese players in their matchday roster, with one of those players appearing in every match.

With the CFA’s allegedly intervention into the transfer structure of the league, teams will have to approach the market very differently moving forward. Oscar and Carlos Tevez are just two big names that have migrated to the CSL over recent weeks after completing massive deals to join the growing league.