HONG KONG soccer clubs' dreams of playing in the Chinese Professional League stand to be shattered by a FIFA proposal. The FIFA Executive Committee has proposed to forbid a club domiciled in one country from playing regularly in competitions of another country - except in special circumstances. The proposal has been put on the agenda of the 51st Ordinary Congress of FIFA to be held in Paris on June 8 - the same day of the FIFA presidential election and two days before the kick-off of World Cup 98. If it is passed into law, the SAR clubs are unlikely to be allowed to play in the mainland league, unless they surrender their registration with the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) and move their training base across the border - or they are categorised 'special circumstances'. Local First Division sides South China and Happy Valley have both expressed their wish to compete in the Chinese league. Some local officials and players have said Hong Kong's regular participation in the mainland competitions could lift the standard and popularity of Hong Kong soccer. Other senior HKFA officials have expressed their fear that it would affect the independent status of the HKFA at FIFA. The mainland professional league, which runs from late March to early November, has been booming since its inauguration in 1994. The home-and-away format, with 14 teams from various provinces and municipalities, has had an average attendance for each game of around 25,000. The figure can go up to 40,000 at matches between top favourite sides like three-time champions Dalian Wanda, Shanghai Shenhua and Vanguards Huandao. The FIFA Exco's proposal is believed to be inspired by the intention of English Premier League underdogs Wimbledon and Scottish Second Division club Clydebank to move to Dublin but still play in their original leagues. FIFA, UEFA, the English Football Association and the Football Association of Ireland have outlined their strong objection to the clubs' proposal, saying it would have a damaging effect on domestic football in Ireland. Wimbledon have been reportedly pursuing their plan through Belgian lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont, who successfully challenged the sport's transfer rules in the European Union (EU) on behalf of his compatriot Jean Marc Bosman. And they have received backing from the EU for the move. At the moment, Derry City, from Northern Ireland, are playing in Ireland, Welsh sides Swansea and Cardiff City are in England and Monaco are in France. FIFA will also discuss in the Congress a proposal from the Dutch Football Association for the confederations to nominate one candidate country for the organisation of future FIFA competitions, rather than allowing member countries of the same continent to compete against each other. An example is the dispute between England and Germany who are both bidding to host the 2006 World Cup finals.