K-League abolishes Asian quota and appoints ‘one player regardless of nationality’ Home grown also introduced

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Korea Professional Football League Board of Directors

In the domestic professional soccer K-League, the 'Asian quota' will disappear and a quota for foreign players 'regardless of nationality' will be added.

The Korea Professional Football League announced on the 5th that it held its 8th board of directors meeting on the 4th to deliberate and decide on agenda items such as changes to the foreign player quota system.

According to the results of the board of directors' discussion, the Asian quota will be abolished from the 2025 season, and instead, one additional foreign player regardless of nationality will be allowed to register and play.

Accordingly, K League 1 can register up to 6 foreign players per club regardless of nationality and send up to 4 to games.

In K League 2, four foreign players of any nationality and one Southeast Asian (ASEAN) quota player can be registered, and all registered foreign players can participate in the game.

The Professional Football League explained, “This decision reflects the recent trend of major Asian leagues abolishing Asian quotas.”

Major Asian leagues such as Japan, China, Australia, and Qatar do not operate Asian quotas, and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League will also abolish the Asian quota from the 2024-2025 season and allow unlimited registration and participation of foreign players.

However, considering that many clubs currently have contracts with Asian quota players until 2024, the federation's board of directors decided to implement the changed system starting from the 2025 season with a one-year grace period.

In addition, at this board meeting, it was decided to introduce the ‘homegrown’ system.

Homegrown is a system to protect players raised in their own country, and is being implemented in countries such as England and the United States.

The gist of the K-League's homegrown system, scheduled to be implemented in 2025, is that if a youth player of foreign nationality has played for a certain period of time as a member of a domestic amateur team, he or she will be considered a domestic player when registering a new player.

Specifically, if a player who has played for a total of 5 years or more or more than 3 consecutive years as a member of a domestic amateur team registered with the Korea Football Association until the age of 18 signs a contract with a K-League club as his first professional team and registers as a new player, he will be eligible for domestic They are considered players and excluded from the foreign player quota.

Even after registering as a new player, he is recognized as a domestic player when registering in the K League.

The Professional Football League announced that it will grant a quota of one player per team at the beginning of implementation and will consider expanding it in the future.

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