Germany mulling deal for China under-20s to play in 4th tier

Germany mulling deal for China under-20s to play in 4th tier”

Only 19 teams have qualified for the regional southwest division of Germany's fourth tier, and to even out the fixture list the DFB has now invited China's U20 team to join the league.

The deal suits all parties, as the German teams will receive €15,000 per friendly, while the Chinese Football Federation are hoping to strengthen their national team in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. "I therefore believe that the project is on a good path", Felix Wiedmann, the league's executive, told Bild.

"It's important to say that there will be no points at stake, so it won't influence the outcome of the league".

"The clubs are in favour of the idea", DFB vice-president Ronny Zimmerman told Kicker.

Because the Southwest Regional League is comprised of 19 clubs, each now has two match-days free that can be used for friendly games.

"The planned cooperation with China is known". We need to see if the idea turns into reality.

"We have to see if this idea can be realised", added Zimmermann.

The plan is part of a five-year cooperation agreement signed between the two countries in November which will allow China to boost its level of football and the German FA to have a facilitated access to the vast Asian market.

League members will discuss the issue when they meet on July 11, with a decision likely to be made with the DFB before the competition starts at the end of the month.

According to Kicker, the Chinese youngster will be added to the Regionalliga Südwest for 2017/18 to round up the odd number of teams in the league.

The Chinese are planning to base themselves near Heidelberg, south of Frankfurt, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

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