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Jan 16, 2017   |  12:37AM AET

Hyundai A-League set to increase AFC import quota

Hyundai A-League set to increase AFC import quota

We could be seeing more top-class talent from Japan, Korea Republic and other AFC nations with FFA set to introduce a 4 + 1 foreign quota for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.

With the current five imports quota per club from any confederation expiring in 2018, FFA chief executive David Gallop has flagged a change to the rules in coming seasons. 

The new ruling means A-League clubs can still have five imports but one must come from the AFC’s member federations.

“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,’’ Gallop said.

“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.”

Currently the Hyundai A-League has AFC players at Western Sydney Wanderers (Jumpei Kusukami from Japan) and Ma LeiLei from China at the Jets.