Saudi FF increases foreign quota to 7 players

الاتحاد السعودي يوقع عقدا مع شركة التميمي للمحاماة
The unprecedented move comes ahead of Saudi Arabia's players' preparations for the World Cup

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) decided to increase the number of foreign players allowed in a squad to 7 players, one more than the 6 allowed at the start of the 2017/2018 season. However, only 6 players will be allowed in the starting lineup, with the 7th foreigner sitting on the bench.

This move is unprecedented in the Arabian Gulf, where the rest of the GCC nations only have 4 foreign players (3 from anywhere in the world + 1 Asian player) to play with, abiding by the rules that were put in place by the Asian Football Confederation.

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Another rule was put in place by the SAFF yesterday, with the number of substitute players increased to 9, similar to what was already done in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup.

Finally, this new rule does not include the players of foreign origins who were born in Saudi Arabia. They are exempt from the foreigner rule and are considered local players.