The A-League needs to be dancing to the same tune as our Asian neighbours and the 3+1 quota is a process that should be ushered in sooner rather than later.

In January 2017 the FFA announced that the 2018/19 A-League season would incorporate a revamped foreigner quota of 4+1, essentially four foreigners with one spot directly allocated for Asian imports.

Currently the quota is the flat five foreigner limit for A-League clubs with no advisory spot for players from AFC nations.

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As it stands there are no active Asian players plying their trade in the A-League with the departure of Jumpei Kusukami and Ali Abbas in January marking the total non-existence of any Asian players for the back end of the 17/18 season.

(Note: Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory could both possibly add an Asian member to their Asian Champions League squads in the coming weeks).

Non-Asian foreigners are also losing out in the current provisions set out by the governing body.

Sydney’s Jordy Buijs and Victory’s Matias Sanchez were both the unlucky foreigners not to be included in their respective sides ACL squads as both clubs can only choose only three players whose nationality is from outside AFC Member States under the 3+1 system.

Buijs provided a healthy response despite the understandable and clear disappointment in being overlooked for the three available spots at Sydney FC that were used on Milos Ninkovic, Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski.

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“I understand how tough this decision is,” he said.

“I am disappointed because I had a big drive to play in the Champions League.

“I am still fully committed to my teammates and I want to help them continue our success this season.”

Cutting foreigners is a decision that can easily damage team harmony and player morale, it’s also something that doesn’t need to be happening year in, year out for the clubs earning ACL qualification.

There is an argument to be made for stripping fans the excitement of being able to spectate imports for the betterment of just a few clubs every season, but there are so many more positives to aligning with the AFC confederation on this matter.

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Foreign recruitment and scouting would be far more refined leading to hopefully a reduced number of flop imports gracing our shores.

One less import in every squad also means more minutes for Australian footballers.

Of course there is the issue of recycled A-League veterans getting shot after shot, but you can only hope that more minutes for homegrown players leads to more young, talented Aussies breaking through on the domestic scene.

The added injection of Asian players would also show effort from the FFA and the A-League to become further entrenched within the AFC community.

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4+1 is a step in the right direction, one that you can only be optimistic about and one that should signal the start of quality Asian players making their mark for every A-League club.

3+1 is still the end goal here though, so let’s just hope the FFA don’t take their sweet time in implementing a rule that will benefit the league in so many ways.

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Josh is in the final stages of a journalism degree at The University of Queensland and is also firmly aboard the Arzani hype-train.