Saudi Professional League increases quota for foreign players

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The decision was made to facilitate the growth of the sport in the country.

The Saudi Arabia Professional League have made the decision to increase the foreign player quota for teams by 50 per cent.

The move stems from the desire to help the game develop in the region.

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Six foreigners instead of four will be allowed per team as decided by the Saudi Football Federation on Thursday.

The changes will be implemented when the new season of the 14-team league begins in August.

Under wideranging plans for social change and economic diversification announced last year, the kingdom wants more of its citizens exercising while raising Saudi Arabia's global competitiveness in selected sports.

"The managing board of the Saudi Football Federation has decided to increase the number of professional non-Saudi players in the clubs", said Adel bin Mohammed Ezzat, the head of the federation.

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