Chinese clubs urged to develop youth or lose licenses

14 Dec, 2017 1:02 pm

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chinese soccer authorities are set to impose strict new regulations on the country’s clubs, using the threat of losing their professional licenses as a spur to establish a more comprehensive youth development programme.

According to Titan Sports, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) will introduce rules in 2019 that force clubs in the top two tiers of the domestic league to create youth teams ranging from the under-13 bracket up to the under-19 level.

The teams would play in competitions organised by the CFA and, claim Titan Sports, a failure to comply would see clubs forfeit their registration to play professionally.

The CFA have yet to respond to a Reuters request for a comment on the matter.

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