The Chinese Football Association Super League (simplified Chinese: 中国足球协会超级联赛; traditional Chinese: 中國足球協會超級聯賽; pinyin: Zhōngguó Zúqiú Xiéhuì Chāojí Liánsài), commonly known as Chinese Super League (simplified Chinese: 中超联赛; traditional Chinese: 中超聯賽; pinyin: Zhōngchāo Liánsài) or CSL, currently known as the Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association (CFA).
The Chinese Super League was created by the rebranding of the former top division Chinese Football Association Jia-A League in 2004 (see Chinese Jia-A League, not to be confused with Chinese Football Association Jia League, which is the current second tier league).
Because of low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in November. The Chinese Super League consists of sixteen clubs.
Originally contested by 12 teams in its inaugural year the league has since expanded: there are 16 teams competing in the current season. The title has been won by six teams: Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, Beijing Guoan, and Guangzhou Evergrande. The current Super League champions are Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.
The League is now running under the authorization of the Chinese Football Association, The CSL Company, which is currently the commercial branch of the League, and is a corporation in which the CFA and all of the member clubs act as shareholders. It is planned that the CFA will ultimately transfer their shares of The CSL Company to the clubs and professional union which consists of CSL clubs will be established as the League's management entity.
Unlike in many top European leagues, the Chinese Super League starts in February or March and ends in November or December. In each season, each club plays each of the other clubs twice, once at home and another away. With 16 clubs currently in the Super League, teams play 30 games each, for a total of 240 games in the season.
The two lowest-placed teams by the end of the season are relegated to the China League One and the top two teams from the League One are promoted, taking their places.
Since the Asian Football Confederation starts the AFC Champions League in 2002-03 season, China was given 2 slots in the competetion, qualification for the AFC Champions League changed in 2009 as AFC distribute 4 slots to China, The top three of the league, as well as the winner of the Chinese FA Cup, qualify for the AFC Champions League of the next year. If the FA Cup finalists finish the league in 3rd or higher, the 4th place team in the league will take the Champions League spot.
Between the 2002-03 and the 2017 season, Chinese clubs won the AFC Champions League two times, behind Korean K-League with five wins, and Japanese J-League with three wins.
The Chinese Super League is currently first in the AFC Club Competitions Ranking of Asian leagues based on their performances in Asian competitions over a four-year period and FIFA ranking for national teams.
In 17 November 2017, Vice-president of the CFA Li Yuyi disclosed the expansion plan of the top four level leagues of China, Chinese Super League is planing to expand to 18 clubs, follows by China League One with 20 clubs, China League Two with 32 clubs and Chinese Football Association Member Association Champions League with 48 clubs.
the Chinese National Football League was started in 1951, namely National Football Conference, it is a round-robin tournament with 8 teams participating, In 1954, the competition was renamed as National Football League, the League was divided into two Divisions in 1956 and promotion/relegation between the two tiers started since 1957. In 1980s, the Chinese Football Association allows enterprise entity to sponsor and invest in football teams, the League enters Semi-pro period in 1987, sponsored by Goldlion Group, the league played its' first ever home and away season, teams participating includes the top 7 clubs of 1986 Division 1 together with Liaoning, who was 1985 season champions but did not compete in 1986 league season due to patricipate in Asian Club Championship, the tournament was named as National Football League Division 1 Group A, shortly as Chinese Jia-A League, the other 8 clubs of Division 1 and top 4 clubs from Division 2 participated in Chinese Jia-B League. the two groups merged in 1988 season but divided again in 1989.
In 1994, as part of the sports system reform project,the Chinese Jia-A League became the country's first professional football league. The Jia-A league achieved success in its early years, but in the late ’90s heavy criticism existed towards the League's management practices like the lack of continuity in key policies, and some of its member clubs was criticised for a lack of sustainable development. At the same time, the league was affected by gambling, match-fixing and corruption. the chaotic state of Jia-A causes troubled investment environment with sponsors and club owners bowing out. The Chinese Football Association then decided to reform the League system,which ultimately led to the creation of the Chinese Super League. the initial conception is to introduce truly commercial methods and let professional football market operate more freely,drawing on the experience of professional Leagues in Europe to redesign the league structure and strengthen professionalism.
On January 13, 2001, Yan Shiduo, vice-president of the Chinese Football Association, discussed about setting up a new professional league system. In 2002, the CFA made a decision to establish the Chinese Super League, which started in 2004.
Compared to the Jia-A, the CSL is a lot more demanding on teams. The CFA and CSL committee imposed a range of minimum criteria to ensure professional management and administration, financial probity, and a youth development program at every club. The CSL published first edition of CSL club criteria in 2002 and revised it several times, club license system was introduced since 2004. Besides the regular professional league, the CSL also has a reserve league, U-19 league, U-17 league and an U-15 league.
The CSL and China League One's goals are to promote high quality and high-level competition; introduce advanced managerial concepts to the market; enforce the delivery of minimum standards of professionalism; encourage the influx of more higher quality foreign coaches and players; and gradually establish the European system for player registrations and transfers.
The first CSL season began in 2004, with 12 teams in the league. The inaugural season was plagued with controversy, which continued from the former league, Jia-A, and where, since 1999, scandals such as match fixing and gambling had been uncovered. This resulted in loss of interest in the domestic game, low attendances and great financial losses.
The original plan was to have one relegated team and two promoted teams for the 2004 season and 2005 season, thus increasing the number of teams in 2006 to 14. But the CFA's decisions caused the relegations to be cancelled for these 2 years.
For the 2005 season, the league expanded to 14 teams after Wuhan Huanghelou and Zhuhai Zhongbang won promotion from China League One. The Zhuhai team, formerly Zhuhai Anping, had been bought by the Shanghai Zhongbang real estate company and relocated to Shanghai for the 2005 season, and subsequently renamed to Shanghai Zobon.
In 2006, the league was planned to expand to 16 teams with the newly promoted Xiamen Lanshi and Changchun Yatai. However, Sichuan Guancheng withdrew before the start of the season, leaving only 15 teams when the season started on March 11. Shanghai Liancheng Zobon, after another change of ownership, was renamed Shanghai United.
In 2007, the league was again planned to be expanded to 16 teams, but once again it found itself one team short. Shanghai United's owner, Zhu Jun, bought a major share in local rival Shanghai Shenhua and merged the two teams. As a result, Shanghai Shenhua retained its name as it already had a strong fanbase in the city, while Shanghai United pulled out of the league.
In 2008, the season started with 16 clubs participating for the first time, however Wuhan protested against punishments made by the CFA after a match against Beijing Guo'an, and announced its immediate withdrawal from the league, which left the season to finish with 15 clubs.
Since 2009, the league has run with 16 stable clubs participating in each year. Two are relegated to China League One, and two promoted from China League One each season.
In 2010, the CSL was beset by a scandal going right to the top of the CFA. The Chinese government took nationwide action against football gambling, match-fixing and corruption, and former CFA vice presidents Xie Yalong, Nan Yong and Yang Yimin were arrested. On February 22, 2010, CFA relegate Guangzhou Yiyao for match-fixing in 2006 China League One Season, as well as Chengdu Blades for match-fixing in 2007 China League One season.
In 2011, the anti-corruption movement had visibly improved the image of the CSL, with increases to attendance. Clubs such as Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua began investing heavily in foreign stars. After former Fluminense midfielder Darío Conca transferred in 2011, Some noticeable signings during the 2012 seasons include former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita and Fábio Rochemback, former Sevilla forward Frédéric Kanouté, former Blackburn Rovers forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni and former Borussia Dortmund forward Lucas Barrios. Former Japanese national team coach Takeshi Okada took up the reins as the new coach of Hangzhou Greentown, former Argentina national team coach Sergio Batista replaced Jean Tigana as Shanghai Shenhua's head coach, and former Italy national team and Juventus manager Marcello Lippi replaced Lee Jang-Soo as Guangzhou Evergrande's head coach.
In 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande have become the first Chinese team to defend their CSL title and won it consecutively in a row. however, Eight time champions of Professional League, Dalian Shide, had seriously financial problems in the entire season, especially after the arrest of club owner Xu Ming. Planned to merge with Dalian Aerbin, the other CSL club of the city, the Chinese Football Association blocked the merge at the end, as Dalian Shide failed to cancel their registration as a CSL club before the merger. So Aerbin effectively purchased and swallowed up Shide, including the club's famed academy and training facilities. Dalian Shide was officially dissolved on 31 January 2013. The country's most successful club had ceased to exist.
2013 David Beckham becomes first global ambassador for CSL. Guangzhou Evergrande won AFC Champions League for first time. In February 2013, Shanghai Shenhua was stripped of its 2003 Chinese Ji-A league title as part of a broad match-fixing crackdown. In total, 12 clubs were handed punishments, while 33 people, including former CFA vice-president Xie Yalong and Nan Yong, received life bans.
In 2014 Guangzhou Evergrande become the first Chinese club to win 4th consecutive professional league champions.
In 2015 ex-Tottenham midfielder Paulinho moved to Guangzhou Evergrande at the age of 27, Guangzhou Evergrande become AFC champions League champions for second time.
In 2016 Chinese super league becomes a rising power in the global transfer market,Brazil international Ramires, colombia international Jackson Martinez and Fredy Guarin are among the notable signings, while Pavel Nedvěd appointed as second global ambassador for CSL.
2017 has seen the Chinese Super League (CSL) catapulted to global attention, Players such as Oscar, Carlos Tevez, Ricardo Carvalho, Alexandre Pato and John Obi Mikel have all moved east during the year. Guangzhou Evergrande won their 7th consecutive league title.
The preparatory committee of the Chinese Professional Football League was established On May 27, 2016, with members from 5 CSL clubs, 3 CL1 clubs and 2 CL2 clubs, includes two CFA representatives, the blueprint is to have all of the three professional level leagues of China, the Chinese Super League, China Football League one and China Football League two separated from the League structure of the CFA, The PFL will be a private company wholly owned by its Member Clubs who make up the League at any one time, Each club is a shareholder, with one vote each on issues such as rule changes and contracts. The newly formed PFL would have commercial independence from The CFA, giving the PFL licence to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.
The CFA will no longer holds any shares of the League, but as national governing body for football in China the CFA is responsible for sanctioning competition Rule Books, and regulating on-field matters. It also organises The CFA Cup competition, in which PFL Member Clubs compete.and the lower division leagues ranked after CL2, under specific agreement between CFA and PFL, The CFA will also has the ability to exercise a vote on certain specific issues, but has no role in the day-to-day running of the CSL, CL1 and CL2.
on January 3, 2017, the CFA announced that Chinese Professional Football League, formed as a limited company, will be established in March 2017, the CSL and CL1 clubs will be found members of the PFL starts from 2017, with CL2 planning to join the system by 2019. The PFL preparatory committee will discuss and establish the regulations and the structures of the PFL, holding the elections of the PFL president in January and February 2017.
Professional footballers in China receive relatively high salaries when compared to other Chinese sports leagues and football leagues in other countries. in early years numerous players from Eastern Europe Africa and Latin America regions are signed as the foreign players in the Chinese league. started from 2011 season, CSL clubs invest big in transfermarket, a lot of players transfered to China from major European and South American Leagues. The league has rules, at current, restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, A team could use a maximum of three foreign players on the field each game. This is to promote native player improvement and to conform to rules regarding international club competitions in the AFC. between 2009 to 2017, there is a additional slot for a player from AFC countries. During the middle of the 2012 season, it was decided that teams that were competing in the AFC Champions League were allowed to have two extra foreign players, which can bring the number of foreigners on a team's seven; however, the policy was removed in the 2013 season.
|2001–2003||4||3||From 2001, foreign goalkeepers were restricted to play in matches.|
|2009–2016||4+1||3+1||"+1" refers to the AFC quota. Teams may add a player from another country within the AFC; examples include Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal.|
|2017||4+1||3||Teams can use three foreign players at most in a match.|
|2018–||4||3||Teams can use three foreign players at most in a match, and the number of foreign players on-field in one match must be no more than the number of U-23 domestic players.|
Policy for the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwanese players changed continually. Players from Hong Kong Football Association were considered foreigners at the beginning of 2009 but the league held back the change until the summer transfer window. After the 2010 season, players from Macau Football Association and Chinese Taipei Football Association (except goalkeepers) were not considered foreigners in CSL matches, but will be regarded as foreigners in AFC competitions. In the 2015 season, players who hadn't played for Hong Kong national football team, Macau national football team or Chinese Taipei national football team were no longer deemed as native players. In the 2016 and 2017 season, players from the three associations, whose contract was signed after 1 January 2016, were no longer deemed as native players. From the 2018 season, a club could register one non-naturalized player from the three associations as native player. According the Chinese FA, non-naturalized player refer to whom was first registered as a professional footballer in the three football association. Further more, for Hong Kong or Macau player, he must be the Chinese descent of Hong Kong or Macau permanent resident, and for the Taiwanese player, he must also be a citizen of Taiwan.
|2004||Shenzhen Jianlibao||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Inter Shanghai|
|2005||Dalian Shide||Shanghai Shenhua||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2006||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shanghai Shenhua||Beijing Guoan|
|2007||Changchun Yatai||Beijing Guoan||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2008||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shanghai Shenhua||Beijing Guoan|
|2009||Beijing Guoan||Changchun Yatai||Henan Construction|
|2010||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Tianjin Teda||Shanghai Shenhua|
|2011||Guangzhou Evergrande||Beijing Guoan||Liaoning FC|
|2012||Guangzhou Evergrande||Jiangsu Sainty||Beijing Guoan|
|2013||Guangzhou Evergrande||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Beijing Guoan|
|2014||Guangzhou Evergrande||Beijing Guoan||Guangzhou R&F|
|2015||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Shanghai SIPG||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2016||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Jiangsu Suning||Shanghai SIPG|
|2017||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Shanghai SIPG||Tianjin Quanjian|
|Club||Titles||Runners-up||Winning seasons||Runner-up seasons|
|Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||
||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan||
||2006, 2008, 2010||2004, 2013|
|Beijing Sinobo Guoan||
||2009||2007, 2011, 2014|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||
||2005, 2006, 2008|
|Club||Chinese name||Owners||Home stadium||Capacity||Seasons in CSL||Best finish||Worst finish||Spell in level 1|
|Beijing Renhe||北京人和||Renhe Commercial Holdings Company Limited||Beijing Fengtai Stadium||31,043||2004 to 2015, 2018||3rd, 2004||15th, 2015||from 2018|
|Beijing Sinobo Guoan||北京中赫国安||Sinobo Group (64%); CITIC Group (36%)||Workers Stadium||66,000||2004 to 2018||1st, 2009||9th, 2017||from 2004|
|Changchun Yatai||长春亚泰||Chanchun Jisheng Investment||Changchun City Stadium||38,500||2006 to 2018||1st, 2007||14th, 2013||from 2006|
|Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||重庆当代力帆||Desports (90%); Lifan Group (10%)||Chongqing Olympic Sports Center||58,600||2004 to 2006, 2009 to 2010, 2015 to 2018||8th, 2015, 2016||16th, 2009||from 2015|
|Dalian Yifang||大连一方||Yifang group||Dalian Sports Center||61,000||2012 to 2014, 2018||5th, 2012, 2013||15th, 2014||from 2018|
|Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||广州恒大淘宝||Evergrande Group (60%); Alibaba Group (40%)||Tianhe Stadium||58,500||2008 to 2009, 2011 to 2018||1st, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017||9th, 2009||from 2011|
|Guangzhou R&F||广州富力||Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd.||Yuexiushan Stadium||18,000||2004 to 2010, 2012 to 2018||3rd, 2014||16th, 2010||from 2012|
|Guizhou Hengfeng||贵州恒丰||Hengfeng Group (95%); Guizhou Zhicheng Group (5%)||Guiyang Olympic Sports Center||52,888||2017 to 2018||8th, 2017||from 2017|
|Hebei CFFC||河北华夏幸福||China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd||Langfang Stadium||30,040||2016 to 2018||4th, 2017||7th, 2016||from 2016|
|Henan Jianye||河南建业||Henan Haolin Investment (95.7%)||Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium||29,800||2007 to 2012, 2014 to 2018||3rd, 2009||16th, 2012||from 2014|
|Jiangsu Suning||江苏苏宁||Suning Appliance Group||Nanjing Olympic Sports Center||62,000||2009 to 2018||2nd, 2012, 2016||13th, 2013||from 2009|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan||山东鲁能泰山||Luneng Group||Jinan Olympic Sports Luneng Stadium||56,800||2004 to 2018||1st, 2006, 2008, 2010||14th, 2016||from 2004|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||上海绿地申花||Greenland Group||Hongkou Football Stadium||33,000||2004 to 2018||2nd, 2005, 2006, 2008||11th, 2011, 2017||from 2004|
|Shanghai SIPG||上海上港||Shanghai International Port Group||Shanghai Stadium||56,800||2013 to 2018||2nd, 2015, 2017||9th, 2013||from 2013|
|Tianjin Quanjian||天津权健||Quanjian Natural Medical Group||Haihe Educational Football Stadium||30,000||2017 to 2018||3rd, 2017||from 2017|
|Tianjin Teda||天津泰达||TEDA Investment Holding Co., Ltd. (85.4%)||Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium||54,700||2004 to 2018||2nd, 2010||13th, 2015, 2017||from 2004|
|Club||Chinese name||Seasons in CSL||Best finish||Worst finish||Current league|
|Liaoning Whowin||辽宁宏运||2004 to 2008, 2010 to 2017||3rd, 2011||16th, 2017||China League One|
|Yanbian Funde||延边富德||2016 to 2017||9th, 2016||15th, 2017||China League One|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||石家庄永昌||2015 to 2016||7th, 2015||16th, 2016||China League One|
|Zhejiang Greentown||浙江绿城||2007 to 2016||4th, 2010||15th, 2009, 2016||China League One|
|Shanghai Shenxin||上海申鑫||2010 to 2015||7th, 2013||16th, 2015||China League One|
|Zhejiang Yiteng||浙江毅腾||2014||16th, 2014||China League One|
|Wuhan Zall||武汉卓尔||2013||16th, 2013||China League One|
|Shenzhen F.C.||深圳FC||2004 to 2011||1st, 2004||16th, 2011||China League One|
|Qingdao Jonoon||青岛中能||2004 to 2013||6th, 2011||15th, 2013||China League Two|
|Dalian Shide||大连实德||2004 to 2012||1st, 2005||14th, 2008, 2012||Defunct|
|Chengdu Tiancheng||成都天诚||2008 to 2009, 2011||9th, 2009||15th, 2011||Defunct|
|Wuhan Guanggu||武汉光谷||2005 to 2008||5th, 2005||16th, 2008||Defunct|
|Xiamen Lanshi||厦门蓝狮||2006 to 2007||8th, 2006||15th, 2007||Defunct|
|Shanghai United||上海联城||2005 to 2006||7th, 2006||11th, 2005||Defunct|
|Sichuan Guancheng||四川冠城||2004 to 2005||9th, 2004, 2005||Defunct|
The All-time CSL table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in CSL since its inception in 2004. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2017 season.
|1||Shandong Luneng Taishan||14||404||199||111||94||697||459||238||708||3||2|
|2||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||14||404||190||117||97||588||389||199||687||1||3|
|3||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||14||404||159||129||116||561||493||68||606||-||3|
|5||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||9||270||160||65||45||553||268||285||545||7||-|
|17||Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||8||226||50||67||109||230||364||-134||217||-||-|
|23||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||2||60||15||24||21||62||84||-22||69||-||-|
|2018 Chinese Super League|
|2018 China League One|
|2018 China League Two|
|2018 Chinese Champions League|
|Clubs that no longer exist|
|Season||Total Attendance||Games||Average||Change||High avg.||Team||No. Of Clubs||Relegation Slots|
|2004||1,430,600||132||10,838||-63.4%||23,636||Shandong Luneng Taishan||12||-|
|2005||1,871,700||182||10,284||-5.4%||26,000||Shandong Luneng Taishan||14||-|
|2006||2,228,300||210||10,611||+3.2%||30,679||Shandong Luneng Taishan||15||1|
|2008||3,065,280||228||13,444||-12.4%||26,501||Shandong Luneng Taishan||16||2|
|2015||5,326,304||240||22,193||+16.8%||45,889||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||16||2|
|2016||5,798,135||240||24,159||+8.8%||44,883||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||16||2|
|2017||5,703,871||240||23,766||−1.6%||45,587||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||16||2|
This table lists average attendances of clubs yearly, but only for seasons when that club played in the top division. Clubs are listed with their current names.
|Beijing Sinobo Guoan||10,864||18,923||13,571||21,571||14,641||36,805||33,342||40,397||36,879||39,269||39,395||40,997||38,114||34,684|
|Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||15,727||5,731||6,536||-||-||11,440||11,433||-||-||-||-||37,595||36,178||34,439|
|Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||-||-||-||-||19,624||20,057||–||45,666||37,250||40,428||42,154||45,889||44,883||45,587|
|Hebei China Fortune||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||18,469||18,054|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan||23,636||26,000||30,679||22,607||26,501||17,015||15,901||12,112||20,148||27,683||23,931||22,559||18,932||30,283|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||13,636||12,462||12,786||11,393||11,510||12,627||12,963||9,828||14,761||12,739||15,417||19,506||22,690||19,021|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||25,070||22,523||-|
The official Chinese Super league annual awards are given to players, managers and referees based on their performance during the season.
It is also named the "Most Valuable Player".
|2004||Zhao Junzhe||Liaoning Zhongyu||China|
|2005||Branko Jelić||Beijing Guoan||Serbia|
|2006||Zheng Zhi||Shandong Luneng Taishan||China|
|2007||Du Zhenyu||Changchun Yatai||China|
|2008||Emil Martínez||Shanghai Shenhua||Honduras|
|2009||Samuel Caballero||Changchun Yatai||Honduras|
|2010||Duvier Riascos||Shanghai Shenhua||Colombia|
|2012||Cristian Dănălache||Jiangsu Sainty||Romania|
|2013||Darío Conca||Guangzhou Evergrande||Argentina|
|2015||Ricardo Goulart||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Brazil|
|2016||Ricardo Goulart||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Brazil|
|2017||Eran Zahavi||Guangzhou R&F||Israel|
This award is awarded to the top goalscorer of the league that year.
|2004||Kwame Ayew||Inter Shanghai||17|
|2005||Branko Jelić||Beijing Guoan||21|
|2006||Li Jinyu||Shandong Luneng Taishan||26|
|2007||Li Jinyu||Shandong Luneng Taishan||15|
|2008||Éber Luís||Tianjin Teda||14|
|2009|| Hernán Barcos
|Shenzhen Asia Travel / Shanghai Shenhua
|2010||Duvier Riascos||Shanghai Shenhua||20|
|2012||Cristian Dănălache||Jiangsu Sainty||23|
|2015||Aloísio||Shandong Luneng Taishan||22|
|2016||Ricardo Goulart||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||19|
|2017||Eran Zahavi||Guangzhou R&F||27|
There is also an award that is awarded to the top Chinese goalscorer of that season, which was first introduced in 2011.
|2011||Yu Hanchao||Liaoning FC||12|
|2012||Wang Yongpo||Shandong Luneng Taishan||10|
|2013||Wu Lei||Shanghai East Asia||15|
|2014||Wu Lei||Shanghai East Asia||12|
|2015||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||14|
|2016||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||14|
|2017||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||20|
|2004||Zhu Guanghu||Shenzhen Jianlibao||Chinese Super League champions||China|
|2005||Vladimir Petrović||Dalian Shide||Chinese Super League champions; Chinese FA Cup winners||Serbia|
|2006||Ljubiša Tumbaković||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Chinese Super League champions; Chinese FA Cup winners||Serbia|
|2007||Gao Hongbo||Changchun Yatai||Chinese Super League champions||China|
|2008||Ljubiša Tumbaković||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Chinese Super League champions||Serbia|
|2009||Tang Yaodong||Henan Jianye||Chinese Super League third place||China|
|2010||Branko Ivanković||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Chinese Super League champions||Croatia|
|2011||Ma Lin||Liaoning Whowin||Chinese Super League third place||China|
|2012||Dragan Okuka||Jiangsu Sainty||Chinese Super League runners-up||Serbia|
|2013||Marcello Lippi||Guangzhou Evergrande||Chinese Super League champions; AFC Champions League winners||Italy|
|2014||Gregorio Manzano||Beijing Guoan||Chinese Super League runners-up||Spain|
|2015||Luiz Felipe Scolari||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Chinese Super League champions; AFC Champions League winners||Brazil|
|2016||Luiz Felipe Scolari||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Chinese Super League champions; Chinese FA Cup winners||Brazil|
|2017||Fabio Cannavaro||Tianjin Quanjian||Chinese Super League 3rd place||Italy|
|2004||Chen Tao||Shenyang Ginde|
|2005||Hao Junmin||Tianjin Teda|
|2006||Wang Dalei||Shanghai Liancheng|
|2007||Hao Junmin||Tianjin Teda|
|2008||Huang Bowen||Beijing Guoan|
|2009||Deng Zhuoxiang||Jiangsu Sainty|
|2010||Zheng Zheng||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2011||Song Wenjie||Qingdao Jonoon|
|2012||Zhang Xizhe||Beijing Guoan|
|2013||Jin Jingdao||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2014||Liu Binbin||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2016||Li Xiaoming||Henan Jianye|
|2017||Hu Jinghang||Henan Jianye|
There is also an award that is awarded to the U-23 player of the year, which was first introduced in 2017.
|2017||Huang Zhengyu||Guangzhou R&F|
|2012||Deng Xiaofei||Jiangsu Sainty|
|2013||Zeng Cheng||Guangzhou Evergrande|
|2014||Wang Dalei||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2015||Zeng Cheng||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
|2016||Zeng Cheng||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
|2017||Yan Junling||Shanghai SIPG|
The current official title sponsor of the Chinese Super League is Ping'an Insurance, under the second sponsor deal between CSL and Ping'an from 2018 through 2022.
|Season||Sponsor||Annual value||Official league name|
|2004||Siemens Mobile||€8 million||Siemens Mobile Chinese Super League|
|2005||No sponsor||Chinese Football Association Super League|
|2006||IPhox||€6 million||Iphox Chinese Super League|
|2007||Kingway Beer||￥36 million||Kingway Beer Chinese Super League|
|2008||￥38 million||Kingway Beer Chinese Super League|
|2009||Pirelli||€5 million||Pirelli Chinese Super League|
|2010||€5 million||Pirelli Chinese Super League|
|2011||Wanda Plaza||￥65 million||Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League|
|2012||￥65 million||Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League|
|2013||￥65 million||Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League|
|2014||Ping An Insurance||￥150 million||China Ping'an Chinese Super League|
|2015||￥165 million||China Ping'an Chinese Super League|
|2016||￥181.5 million||China Ping'an Chinese Super League|
|2017||￥199.65 million||China Ping'an Chinese Super League|
|2018||￥200 million||China Ping'an Chinese Super League|
As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Chinese Super League has a number of official partners and suppliers. The official equipment supplier for the league is Nike who have had the contract since the 2005 season. According to datas published by Imedia Culture Communication Co., Ltd, the sponsor value from official partners and suppliers of Chinese Super League reaches 600 million Yuan in 2017 season.
The following table shows the partners and suppliers of the Chinese Super League. Bold denotes current sponsor.
|Tsingtao Laoshan Beer||2017-2021|
|Eastroc Super Drink||2018-2019|
|China Auto Rental||2013|
The first broadcast rights holders of the rebranded Chinese Super League is the Shanghai Media Group (SMG), in September 2003 they signed the contract for 2004 to 2006 season. the second SMG contract was signed in February 2007 for the five-year period from 2007 to 2011.
CCTV acquire the CSL Television rights in 2012, they hold the rights until 2015 under annual contract, CSL was broadcast in CCTV's public cable TV channel CCTV5 and CCTV5+. however, the Sateliite TV rights was sold to Cloud Media from 2014 to 2017.
Starts from the 2016 Season The Chinese Super League sells its television rights on a collective basis.how ever,it benifits CSL clubs almost equally according to CSL commercial contracts. The money is divided into three parts: 10% reserve for Chinese football association and CSL company, which is paid out as facilities fees and management expenses, as to the remaining 90%, 81% of them is divided equally between the clubs; and 9% is awarded on a merit basis based on final league position.
The current media rights holders is the China Sports Media Co., Ltd. (CSM,simplified Chinese: 体奥动力，pinyin: tǐ ào dòng lì ),CSM bought the rights for five seasons (2016-2020) for 8 billion yuan in October 2015. In January 24,2018, The CSL and CSM reached an agreement to extend the original five-year contract to a 10-year one （2016-2025） and to raise the price to 11 billion yuan,about 1.73 billion dollars according to the exchange rate then prevailing.
As of May 2017, main broadcasters of the CSL through the world are listed in following table
|China||CCTV-5, Qinghai TV, PPTV|
|Hong Kong||LeSports HK|
|Setanta Sports Eurasia|
| Bosnia and Herzegovina
| United Kingdom
|SFR Sport 2|
|Portugal||A Bola TV|
| United States
|LeSports (in Chinese)|
Trinidad and Tobago
|Neo prime, Discovery Sports|
Republic of the Congo
|Startimes Sports Life|
|Middle East and North Africa||Dubai Sports 1|
The reserve league is open to all of the reserve teams from the Chinese Super League, China League One, and China League Two clubs.
|Season||Reserve Champions||Elite Champions|
|2004||Shanghai Shenhua||Not Held|
|2005||Not Held||Not Held|
|2006||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held|
|2007||Tianjin Teda||Not Held|
|2008||Wuhan Guanggu||Not Held|
|2009||Not Held||Not Held|
|2010||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held|
|2011||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held|
|2012||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held|
|2013||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held|
|2014||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shanghai Shenhua|
|2015||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Hangzhou Greentown|
|2016||Shanghai SIPG||Jiangsu Suning|
|2017||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
Like the reserve league, the youth league is open to all the youth teams of all professional clubs in China.
|Season||U-19 Champions||U-18 Champions||U-17 Champions||U-16 Champions||U-15 Champions||U-14 Champions||U-13 Champions|
|2004||Shanghai Shenhua||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held||Not Held|
|2005||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2006||Beijing Guoan||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2007||Chongqing Lifan||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2008||Beijing Guoan||Changchun Yatai||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2009||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Changchun Yatai||Wuhan FA|
|2010||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shanghai Luckystar|
|2011||Beijing Guoan||Not Held||Shanghai FA||Not Held||Hubei FA||Not Held||Shanghai Genbao|
|2012||Jiangsu FA||Not Held||Liaoning FA||Not Held||Guangzhou FA||Not Held||Shanghai Genbao|
|2013||Henan Jianye||Not Held||Jiangsu FA||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held||Not Held|
|2014||Shanghai Shenhua||Not Held||Guangzhou R&F||Not Held||Henan Jianye||Shanghai Genbao||Not Held|
|2015||Not Held||Guangdong FA||Not Held||Jiangsu FA||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2016||Shaanxi FA||Not Held||Jiangsu FA||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
|2017||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Not Held||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Changchun Yatai||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|2018||Not Held||Not Held|