FA to change ratio of expat players
The Hong Kong Football Association is poised to abolish the four-to-three ratio of overseas-to-mainland players in the quota for expatriates next season.
A maximum of seven expatriates will still be allowed per team for a match, the same number as last season, but there will be no limit on whether they are from China or other parts of the world.
In the past, the FA allowed each club to register a maximum of six mainland players and six non-Chinese players, but only seven of them were allowed to play at one time during a match. And of those seven a maximum of three could be from the mainland and four from other countries.
The change has been agreed by the association's board of directors and will be discussed at the First Division clubs' meeting before it is formally adopted.