I - Brief Overview of Japanese Football Structure
In Japan, the professional football league managed by Japan Professional Football League (J.LEAGUE) started in 1993. J.LEAGUE is a separate organization from the Japanese football national federation, i.e. Japan Football Association (JFA). The league started with one league with ten clubs, but J.LEAGUE introduced the second division in 1999 and the third division in 2014. Currently, three professional football leagues, J1 LEAGUE, J2 LEAGUE and J3 LEAGUE, are operated by J.LEAGUE. Also, the highest division of the amateur football league is called Japan Football League (JFL).
II - Regulations on Professional Contracts
1. Three categories of professional contract
Although J.LEAGUE has its own rules and regulations, the matters regarding the contract, registration and transfer of players are subject to the Regulations on the Contract,...
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