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Men: 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.


Players registered in Japan University Football Association, All Japan High School Athletic Federation (Football) or in teams outside J-League , in Type 2 Japan Club Youth Federation's team, that are recognized as talented by Japan Football Association, are allowed to play J-League matches without changing the registration.


・Players of Japanese nationality.
・Players registered in the Japan Football Association.
・Players recognized as healthy.
・Players belonging to Japan University Football Association, All Japan High School Athletic Federation, or to teams outside J-League, to teams registered in Type 2 Japan Club Youth Football Association.

Selection criteria

Belonging team ( high school, university or other teams outside J-League) , players (parents), receiving side (J-League club) ( in case the belonging team if not a J-League team, also the player's high school) should agree and submit the application to JFA. The technical committee will evaluate all the results, strong points and development of the player and will take the decision.
The receiving side, the J-Club should have a specific plan for creating an environment in the player's activity range (locality is considered very important) that allows to improve the player's abilities and for utilizing actively the players in official matches.
Only 3 players can be accepted by one club in the same period.


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 communicate to J-League the progresses)

The JFA Technical Committee , in accordance with each federation( Japan University Football Association, All Japan High School Athletic Federation, Japan Club Youth Association), nominates the 「JFA・J-league special License Players」

J-Club(receiving side) speaks with the player, the player's parents and team、(university, high school, clubs outside J-League) and receive the confirmation of the player's willingness of playing as 「JFA・J-League special licensed player」
※ also players that are not nominated by JFA can participate to this project.

J-club, the player and its team sign a memorandum.
The player receives a medical checkup at the J-club.

J-Club prepares and submits the following documents. The application should be submitted by Tuesday noon. If there are problems with the documents submitted on Tuesday, the application may be rejected.

【Documents necessary for the application】
JFA・J-League Special Licensed Player's application form
Memorandum (signed by all concerned people, except JFA)
Schedule of the activities (for the next month or for the current and the next month)
A copy of J-League's medical checkup report.

JFA's technical committee examines the application.

JFA' technical committee approves the application (Tuesday)

JFA Technical Committee rejects the application

The response is communicated to J-Club and player's card for 「JFA・J-League Special License Player」 is sent.

The response will be communicated also to other J-League Clubs

The response is reported at JFA Council.

Start of the activities

J-Club should send a written report of the activities to JFA Technical Committee every month and should make a report of the activities at the meeting with the people in charge of strengthening.

【Documents for the report】 Submission deadline: the end of the current month. Deadline must be strictly observed!
Report of the activities ① (place・contents of the activities)
Report of the activities ②(progress status・condition・results)※activities carried out between 26th of the previous month to 25th of the current month should be reported.
Schedule of the activities (for the next month)

If JFA finds that the results of the activities are not in line with the purposes of this system, the license will be canceled.

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.


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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