As fully expected and reported on by BPVE, the Cambodian Premier League (CPL) will allow clubs to register 6 foreign players ahead of the 2023-24 season which kicks off on August 5th.
To read about the CPL fixture draw click here
What are the exact rules?
Whilst 6 foreigner are allowed to be registered, the actual rules are known as the $+1+1 rule. This means that clubs can sign 4 players from any FIFA nation, as well as one from the AFC and one from ASEAN.
This also means clubs can theoretically have up to 5 AFC players and 6 ASEAN players. The use has been Brough in officially to “improve standards”, as well as “introduce more ASEAN talent”.
In fact it brings the league in line with ASEAN policy and with most of the other leagues within the political block.
Whether players from prospective ASEAN member Timor-Leste has not been clearly stated. There has recently been a relative influx of players from East Timor, with three currently signed and more potentially joining before the end of the transfer window.
To read about the Timorese influx click here.
What will the rules for CPL 2 be?
As no schedule, fixtures or even format for the second-tier have yet been announced the foreigner rule, and indeed ager requirements of the league have yet to be made.
Rumors though have stated that clubs will be able to register at least 5 foreign players, with national coach Felix Dalmas telling BPVE “I am in favour of senior clubs with a. Team in the second-tier being able to play their foreigners if they are not making the full team, as well as foreigners in general being allowed in the league”.
To read about Felix Dalmas click here.
It is hoped that that the formal format for CPL will be announced within the coming weeks, particularly with the international transfer window will close soon.
This article is adapted from BPVE, (https://bpve.com/) reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (https://www.cambodiasportsreview.com/)
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