Chinese Super League returns to home and away schedule as covid rules relaxed

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February 8 – All matches in the Chinese Super League (CSL) will be played on home-and-away basis this year bringing to an end three seasons of COVID-19 restrictions.

A start date for the 2023 season has yet to be announced, but clubs in the top three divisions will be permitted to host matches when the competitions return.

The Chinese league system was heavily disrupted by COVID-19 with matches played in centralised hubs behind closed doors during the first two years of the pandemic.

Chinese football authorities have also amended a contentious rule which stated clubs must field a set number of players under the age of 23 in each CSL match. The rule often saw young players substituted minutes into a game by coaches determined to field their strongest team for as long as possible.

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