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Japan Top League teams will be able to play more foreign-born players this autumn, the league said Thursday, when it announced several changes to the competition ahead of the 2016-2017 season.

Until now teams were able to have up to three foreign-born players on the pitch at once, provided one was from Asia. Starting this year, a fourth player can also be in the game, provided he hasn’t played internationally for another country prior to June and might in the future be eligible to play for Japan.

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