Doha: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) new competition regulations were announced at the Diplomatic Club in Doha where clubs from both the first and second division attended.
The workshop which took place last week focused on the Qatar Stars League, the Qatar Cup, the Emir Cup and the Qatar Gas League.
Saud Al Mohannadi the QFA Vice President, Hammad Al Mannai the Senior Councilor of the QFA, Mubarak Al Sulaiti Vice President of the Disciplinary Committee all spoke and explained all the various matters related to the new regulations.
Among the most important changes that were announced were the new rules for the relegation and promotion between the leagues.
The new regulations say that next season any of the top five teams in the Qatar Gas League who are not reserves teams will automatically qualify for the Qatar Stars League (QSL).
If a second division team finishes in sixth or lower then they will face a one off promotion play-off against the team who finished in 13th position in the Qatar Stars League.
The Qatar Gas League has 14 QSL reserve teams and 4 second division teams that participate every season. The Qatar Gas League competition is a league format where two teams from the second division ascend to Qatar Stars League based on their final ranking.
The teams who finish in 13th and 14th position respectively in the QSL are relegated to the Qatar Gas League unless they win the promotion play-off.
The issue of venues for next season was also discussed.
Officials at the workshop stated that they are close to resolving the issue of fewer venues for QSL matches next season.
The player transfer regulations were also deliberated at the meeting.
The new regulations state that any player released by a club in the last few days of the January transfer window will be able to make an appeal to FIFA. With the approval of the football world governing body, the player will then be able to move to another Qatari Club or abroad despite the transfer window having come to an end.
In addition, any QSL player who doesn’t participate in the first six matches with his club is then eligible to move to another club if he so wishes.
The squad size of the club has also been fixed. As of next season each club can only register 30 players per squad which means that there will be 420 players in total in the QSL. The 30 players can play for both the reserve and first teams.
Also, if a player plays a single half of football in the first team, he is then eligible to play another half of football in the reserve team the following day.
Meanwhile, the foreign players quota will reduced to two players per team for the 2016 season, the QSL officials said.