The New Deal of the Super League has finally landed. Will China football be better in the future?

  Beijing, Jan. 1 (Bian Liqun) In 2019, there are more than five hours left, and the China Football Association’s 2020 professional league new policy is officially released. Announcing the New Deal before the deadline of opening the winter transfer window is enough to get a glimpse of the complexity and length of the decision-making process of the Football Association. Fortunately, the official New Deal has not failed to live up to everyone’s waiting, which is not only reasonable and takes care of the feelings of various clubs, but also guides the league to return to rationality to a certain extent, which is conducive to the long-term development of China football.

  China Football Association’s New Deal on Domesticated Players. Image source: China Football Association official website screenshot.

  Domesticated player appearance policy, taking care of many feelings

  On December 25th, China Football held a briefing on the policy of professional league in the new season, and announced various new policies for the new season to the representatives of various clubs, but the specific rules and the new policies on the appearance of naturalized players were not among them. After a lapse of six days, the new season policy was officially released. Compared with the contents of the previous briefing, the biggest supplement is the entry policy of naturalized players.

  Generally speaking, if naturalized players are Chinese players, they can register and register as domestic players, such as Li Ke and Hou Yongyong of Beijing Guoan and Jiang Guangtai of Guangzhou Evergrande, and their appearance and registration will be unrestricted next year. Non-Chinese naturalized players like Daniel F. Akerson can also register for domestic players next year, but each team has only one place, and more than one person will occupy the foreign aid registration places.

  Compared with the previous inference that non-Chinese naturalized players are included in foreign aid, the new policy that officially landed today is more relaxed in terms of naturalized players, but it remains within a reasonable range. At the same time, it also takes into account the feelings of Evergrande, a big naturalized family, and most teams that have not yet naturalized players, avoiding the gap between top teams and ordinary teams in the Chinese Super League and ensuring the wonderful degree of the league and the competition between teams.

  Data Map: On December 1st, in the final round of the 2019 Super League, Guangzhou Evergrande beat Shanghai Shenhua 3-0 at home, and the team won the Super League championship for the eighth time. China News Service reporter Chen Yushe

  The "salary limit order" of the New Deal is meticulous and reasonable

  Compared with the previous policy briefing, the policy on player salary limit is more detailed. For example, the total pre-tax salary contract signed by domestic players with the club after November 20, 2019 shall not exceed RMB 10 million, including signing fees, real estate, vehicles and stocks. Players selected for the national team can not exceed 12 million RMB.

  It is worth mentioning that the Football Association has also clearly defined the criteria for the identification of international players, based on the final registration list of each game participating in the World Cup, the Asian Cup, the World Cup preliminaries and the Asian preliminaries, which prevents players from entering the national team to "rinse water" and raise their salaries, so that players who really contribute to the national team can have a higher salary ceiling.

  Data Map: On December 1st, Beijing Zhonghe Guoan player Zhang Yuning (left) shot in the game. China News Service reporter Futian photo

  In addition, in terms of salary limit for U21 players, the China Football Association has also given a clear limit, playing in the Super League and the FA Cup for more than 900 minutes; Cumulative playing time in China A and FA Cup exceeds 1800 minutes; U21 players who have played for more than 2,700 minutes in China B League and FA Cup are not subject to the pre-tax annual salary limit of 300,000. Through the consideration of different playing time standards in different levels of leagues, young players with real ability can get matching salaries. For young players who are limited by salary, they also have more motivation to improve their level and study abroad.

  Data Map: Guangzhou Evergrande won the Super League championship for the eighth time in its history. China News Service reporter Chen Yushe

  "Fire extinguishing" while keeping the heat.

  Judging from the operation of Chinese Super League teams in introducing tens of millions of euros of foreign aid and nearly 100 million yuan of domestic players in recent years, there is a premium phenomenon in domestic leagues. According to the statistics of foreign authoritative organizations, the average annual salary of Chinese Super League players is US$ 1.207 million, which is second only to the five major European leagues in football. However, from the perspective of league viewing and the average level of players, there is still a big gap compared with the sixth league in the world. Moreover, the long-term spending beyond one’s means will also be a hidden danger for the long-term development of football in China.

  In this context, it is the general trend to "put out the fire and cool down" domestic leagues, but how to keep the league hot while putting out the fire has also become a difficult problem to control.

  Previously, the high investment still played a certain role in driving the popularity of Zhongchao. The data map shows Beijing Zhonghe Guoan fans. China News Service reporter Mao Jianjun photo

  Judging from this year’s New Deal, the Football Association did not completely put out the fire with a pot of cold water, but retained a certain degree of heat. For example, if the foreign aid policy is released to 5 newspapers and 4 newspapers, the policy of having one non-Chinese naturalized foreign aid for each team ensures the enjoyment of the league, and controlling a certain number of naturalized players can also provide some reinforcements for the national team. After all, the moderate use of naturalized players will still help China football.

  A new policy put an end to the unsatisfactory 2019 of China football. At the end of winter 2020, with the restart of the new season league, China football will officially enter a new cycle. I hope that this year will be fruitful, and I hope that the new policy can help China football get on the right track as soon as possible. (End)