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Special License Player System

The Special License Player System is a system which aim is to provide football players of youth teams, who are expected to grow greatly, "a suitable environment in accordance with the player's ability" going over the fences of organisations and federations.

JFA/J.League Special License Player System

Outline

Players registered with the Japan University Football Association, with the All Japan High School Athletic Federation (Football), with teams run by universities other than J club teams, or with teams of the Japan Club Youth Federation Level 2, who are acknowledged for their talents by the Japan Football Association, can play in J.League matches without changing their registration.

Qualifications
  • ・Players with Japanese nationality
  • ・Players with foreign citizenship that meet Article 76th of the Base Regulation
  • ・Players registered with the Japan Football Association
  • ・Players of certified health
  • ・Players registered with the Japan University Football Association, with the All Japan High School Athletic Federation (Football), with teams run by universities other than J club teams, or with teams of the Japan Club Youth Federation Level 2.
  • ・Players with official offers from club teams
  • *’Teams run by universities’ are the second or lower teams of universities whose top teams belong to the Japan University Football Association.
Selection criteria

All three of the following: an original team (of a high school, a university, or a club team outside the J.League), a player (parents or guardians), and a receiving team (a J Club team) must agree to submit an application. A fourth is required in some cases – a school when a player belongs to a club team outside the J.League. The Technical Committee of the Japan Football Association will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

  • ・MOU lasts three months. During this period, if a player has more than 20-days worth of activities in total or performs in more than one J.League official match, including sitting on the bench, his MOU will be renewed automatically for another three months. This will continue every three month until the end of year.
  • ・If a player does not fulfil the above requirement, his MOU will not be renewed and he will no longer be able to play in the new team. He can still apply again in the same year.
  • ・If a player is officially offered a place in the new team (J Club) after his graduation and the original team agrees with it, the MOU can last until the end of year. Reports are still mandatory every three months.
  • ・An application from a player, who is yet to decide his path after graduation, will be evaluated considering his result so far, noted strengths, and development. Players with foreign citizenship who meet Article 76th of the Base Regulation are not allowed to apply.
  • ・A receiving team (a J Club team) must provide the environment to nurture players’ individual skills and have plans to try out each player in official games. Teams in the J. League Division 1 and 2 can receive up to three players in the same period, while teams in the J. League Division 3 can have up to two. If a team belong to two leagues, the rule for the higher league will apply.
Terms

The contract will be valid from the day of the approval to the end of the match that was targeted for this activity, but if there are valid reasons, the association has the faculty to interrupt this contract anytime.
The continuation of the activity will depend on the results obtained in this period.

Approval Process (JFA will keep J.League updated)

A receiving team (a J Club team) asks an original team (of a high school, a university, or a club team outside J.League) and a player (parents or guardians) for confirmation about ‘JFA/J.League Special License Player System’

The J Club team exchanges memoranda with the original team and the player.
The player has a medical check-up at the J Club. *Cardiac electrogram and echocardiogram are not necessary for renewal.

The J Club team prepares and submits the following documents to the JFA Technical Committee by Tuesday noon. If forms submitted on Tuesday are insufficient, applications may be rejected.
[Application forms]
1. JFA/J.League Special License Player System’ application form
2. Memorandum with all signatures except the JFA
3. Schedule of the current and following month
4. A copy of J.League medical check-up report
5. [For a player with an official offer] A copy of contract papers (media release or offer letter)

The JFA Technical Committee evaluates applications.

The JFA Technical Committee approves the applications (Thursday).

The JFA Technical Committee rejects the applications.

The J Club team receives approval and player’s ‘JFA/J.League Special License Player System’ certification. Media release after the J Club’s acknowledgement.

The result is reported to JFA Executive Committee

Come into action

The J Club must submit an activity report to the JFA Technical Committee seven days before the end of the three-month period for inspection. The schedule of the current and the following month needs to be submitted.
All the activities are reported in the JFA Technical Committee.
*Only a report after three months of the certification is needed for players with official offers.
[Reports] Deadline: Seven days before the end of three-month period (Strict observance required!)
① Activity report 1 (Location, content)
② Activity report 2 (Progress status, condition, achievement, and whether or not want to renew)
③ Schedule of the current and the following month

If the activities fulfil the requirement, renewal for another three-month period is approved.
The procedures above will repeat every three months, if desired.

If the activities do not fulfil the requirement, or do not meet the criteria, the period terminates.

Matches targeted for the activity

Players that are recognized as 「JFA /J-league Special License Players」 and whose registration statement, prescribed in the article 47 of the 「J-League statute」, were accepted, have the qualification to participate to the following matches.
These players are considered not subject to the "limit of 25", established in 1-6① of "Contract transfer of professional football players".
・J1 League matches or J2 League matches
・J-League Promotion/Relegation Series matches
・League Cup matches
・J Satellite League matches
・Pre-season matches

Management of disciplinary penalties

As a general rule, disciplinary penalties received by Special License Players in matches with his former team, will be applied to the nearest match with the former team and not to J-League matches. And also, disciplinary penalties received in J-League matches will be applied to the nearest J-League match and not to matches with the former team. But in case the penalty are particularly serious ( for example, the player is suspended from taking part in several matches ) , JFA Disciplinary and Fair play Committee, after consulting J-League's Disciplinary Committee, will decide to which matches penalties should be applied.

Expenses

The following expenses for the player's activities should be paid by the J-Club ( the receiving side). But the payment of special expenses considered related with recruiting (ex. Overseas training sessions for high-school coaches) is prohibited, regardless of the activities of the Special License Player.

Category Content
Transportation Transportation fees from the player's home to the place of the activities.
Accident insurance Accident insurance (Accident compensation) fees
Others Expenses related with the player's activities at dispatch destination
Fees for the medical check up, expenses incurred for food, accommodation fees
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