January 5 – The Chinese FA (CFA) has moved to further strengthen its domestic football infrastructure repeating its policy of restricting transfer fees during the 2018 winter transfer window and at the time announcing a restructuring of its management and organisation nationally with the recruitment of new middle managers.
The transfer fee rules that cover the both the Chinese Super League (CSL) and China League One (CL) are repeat of the previous regulation that requires any club who buys a foreign player for over Yuan 45 million ($6.9 million) or a domestic player whose transfer fee exceeds Yuan 20 million ($3 million) to pay the same sum of money as the transfer fee to the CFA.
In the summer window the same rules saw a drop in the previous big money acquisitions by Chinese clubs with transfermarkt.com reporting the total spend by the 16 CSL clubs dropping to €55.45 million ranking the CSL 12th in the list of league spending.
The CFA argues the transfer fee ‘tax’ is necessary to build a financially sustainable and competitive league that is not based around “irrational spending on players”. Money raised, says the CFA, will be used for the development of local young players and the promotion of football in China.
CFA builds management structure
The CFA has also announced a programme of recruiting middle management to the federation to run its fast developing football footprint. This will see the CFA increase its number of departments by 10 to 27.
Professional leagues will now be divided into specialised departments concentrating on the Chinese Super League, China League One, China League Two, women’s football leagues and amateur football leagues.
As part of the process the CFA is recruiting for ‘Senior Supervisor’, ‘Supervisor’ and Assistant Supervisor’ positions in line with other business enterprises in China, rather than associations. The CFA said it will also recruit domestic and foreign experts to serve as directors and consultants.
The CFA said staff from provincial and municipal football associations, as well as football clubs, will have opportunities to work in the CFA temporarily and vice versa, according to a CFA statement.
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