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S. Korean pro football to add Southeast Asian player quota in 2020

All Headlines 17:51 April 18, 2019

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean professional football league announced Thursday that it will add a quota for players from Southeast Asia starting next year.

In a board of directors meeting, the K League decided to increase the overseas player quota by one to five starting in 2020.

In this file photo from Feb. 26, 2019, Nguyen Cong Phuong of Incheon United poses for photos during the K League 1 media day event in Seoul. (Yonhap)

The current quotas are set for one Asian player and three players from other parts of the world. The additional spot will be for players from member countries of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) who are also members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). They are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The K League said the addition of the new quota is aimed at tapping into new international markets.

In February, Incheon United in the top-flight K League 1 signed Vietnamese forward Nguyen Cong Phuong on loan from Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai. Following his arrival, the K League said it will stream Incheon matches online for Vietnamese fans.


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