2019 Chinese Super League
|Dates||1 March – 1 December 2019|
|Champions||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
|AFC Champions League||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
Beijing Sinobo Guoan
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
|Goals scored||741 (3.09 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Eran Zahavi (29 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 5–1 Beijing Renhe|
(7 April 2019)
Jiangsu Suning 5–1 Guangzhou R&F
(21 April 2019)
Shanghai SIPG 5–1 Tianjin TEDA
(14 August 2019)
|Biggest away win||Guangzhou R&F 0–5 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
(20 July 2019)
|Highest scoring||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 5–3 Guangzhou R&F|
(27 July 2019)
Shenzhen F.C. 4–4 Wuhan Zall
(26 October 2019)
|Longest winning run||13 matches|
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
|Longest unbeaten run||15 matches|
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
|Longest winless run||18 matches|
|Longest losing run||8 matches|
Beijing Sinobo Guoan 1–3 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
(11 August 2019)
Beijing Renhe 2–3 Jiangsu Suning
(23 November 2019)
The 2019 Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League (Chinese: 2019中国平安中国足球协会超级联赛) was the 16th season since the establishment of the Chinese Super League. The league title sponsor was Ping An Insurance. The season began on 1 March and ended on 1 December. Shanghai SIPG were the defending champions.
The policy regarding foreign players and U-23 domestic players was modified for this season. The same as the previous two seasons, at least one domestic player who is under the age of 23 (born on or after 1 January 1996) must be in the starting eleven. However, the total number of foreign players appearing in a match is no longer related to the total number of U-23 domestic players. A club can register four foreign players at most in the same time and use three foreign players at most in a match. On the other hand, at least three U-23 domestic players must be used in a match. In addition, if there are U-23 players who have been called up by the national teams at all levels, the number of U-23 domestic players fielded will be reduced accordingly. The policy was modified again during the season. From Round 16 and beyond, maximum of three foreign players can be used at the same time in one match and there must be at least one U-23 domestic player playing in one match. In addition, if there are U-23 players who have been called up by the national teams at all levels, the team is not required to field any U-23 players.
Clubs promoted from 2018 China League One
Clubs relegated to 2019 China League One
Stadiums and Locations
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Tianjin Tianhai||Park Choong-kyun||Appointed as assistant coach||12 November 2018||Pre-season||Choi Kang-hee||3 December 2018|
|Beijing Renhe||Luis García||Signed by Villarreal||10 December 2018||Aleksandar Stanojević||18 December 2018|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||Wu Jingui||Appointed as sporting director||25 December 2018||Quique Sánchez Flores||25 December 2018|
|Tianjin Tianhai||Choi Kang-hee||Signed by Dalian Yifang||11 February 2019||Shen Xiangfu||15 February 2019|
|Dalian Yifang||Bernd Schuster||Mutual consent||11 February 2019||Choi Kang-hee||11 February 2019|
|Hebei China Fortune||Chris Coleman||Sacked||15 May 2019||15th||Xie Feng (caretaker)||15 May 2019|
|Tianjin Tianhai||Shen Xiangfu||Sacked||28 May 2019||16th||Park Choong-kyun||28 May 2019|
|Dalian Yifang||Choi Kang-hee||Mutual consent||1 July 2019||10th||Rafael Benítez||2 July 2019|
|Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||Quique Sánchez Flores||Mutual consent||3 July 2019||12th||Choi Kang-hee||5 July 2019|
|Beijing Renhe||Aleksandar Stanojević||Mutual consent||9 July 2019||15th||Luis García||9 July 2019|
|Shenzhen F.C.||Juan Ramón López Caro||Sacked||30 July 2019||15th||Roberto Donadoni||30 July 2019|
|Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Roger Schmidt||Sacked||31 July 2019||3rd||Bruno Génésio||31 July 2019|
|Tianjin Tianhai||Park Choong-kyun||Sacked||8 October 2019||15th||Li Weifeng||8 October 2019|
|Beijing Renhe||Luis García||Sacked||12 November 2019||16th||Wang Bo||12 November 2019|
The policy of foreign players remained unchanged. Clubs can register a total of six foreign players over the course of the season, but the number of foreign players allowed on each CSL team at any given time is limited to four. A maximum of three foreign players can be fielded in each match. In addition, each club can register a Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan player of Chinese descent (excluding goalkeepers), provided that he registered as a professional footballer in one of those three association for the first time, as a native player.
- Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.
- ^1 For Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese players, if they are non-naturalized and were registered as professional footballers in Hong Kong's, Macau's, or Chinese Taipei's football association for the first time, they are recognized as native players. Otherwise they are recognized as foreign players.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (C)||30||23||3||4||68||24||+44||72||Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage|
|2||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||30||23||1||6||60||26||+34||70|
|3||Shanghai SIPG||30||20||6||4||62||26||+36||66||Qualification for AFC Champions League play-off round|
|5||Shandong Luneng Taishan||30||15||6||9||55||35||+20||51|
|10||Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||30||9||9||12||36||47||−11||36|
|11||Hebei China Fortune||30||9||6||15||37||55||−18||33|
|13||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||30||8||6||16||43||57||−14||30||Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage[b]|
|14||Tianjin Tianhai[c]||30||4||13||13||40||53||−13||25||Disbanded after season|
|16||Beijing Renhe (R)||30||3||5||22||26||65||−39||14||Relegation to China League One|
Rules for classification:
- During season: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.
- After season: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Scores of the weight ratio of the reserve league and youth leagues.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Positions by round
To preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for round 7, but then played between rounds 8 and 9, it will be added to the standings for round 8.
|Leader and qualification to AFC Champions League group stage|
|Qualification to AFC Champions League Group stage|
|Qualification to AFC Champions League play-off round|
|Relegation to China League One|
|Disbanded after season|
Results by match played
; = Win; = Draw = Loss
|Eran Zahavi||Guangzhou R&F||Shenzhen F.C.||3–1 (H)||26 April 2019|||
|Jonathan Viera||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Dalian Yifang||4–1 (H)||28 April 2019|||
|Graziano Pellè||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Wuhan Zall||3–0 (H)||28 April 2019|||
|Eran Zahavi||Guangzhou R&F||Wuhan Zall||3–4 (H)||15 June 2019|
|Paulinho||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Dalian Yifang||4–1 (H)||16 July 2019|
|Elkeson||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Guangzhou R&F||0–5 (A)||20 July 2019|
|Kim Shin-wook||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||Guangzhou R&F||5–3 (H)||27 July 2019|
|Alan Kardec4||Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||Beijing Renhe||1–4 (A)||13 October 2019|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Goalkeeper of the Month||U-21 Player of the Month||Reference|
|March||Roger Schmidt||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Jonathan Viera||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Zou Dehai||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Zhang Yufeng||Beijing Renhe|||
|April||Roger Schmidt||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Talisca||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Zou Dehai||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||Chen Binbin||Shanghai SIPG|||
|May||Vítor Pereira||Shanghai SIPG||Hulk||Shanghai SIPG||Gu Chao||Jiangsu Suning||Zhang Yufeng||Beijing Renhe|||
|June||Fabio Cannavaro||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Hao Junmin||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Liu Dianzuo||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Yan Dinghao||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|||
|July||Fabio Cannavaro||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Paulinho||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Liu Dianzuo||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Yan Dinghao||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|||
|August||Fabio Cannavaro||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Paulinho||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||Zhang Lu||Tianjin Tianhai||Yan Dinghao||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|||
|September||Li Tie||Wuhan Zall||Liu Yun||Wuhan Zall||Dong Hengyi||Wuhan Zall||Duan Liuyu||Shandong Luneng Taishan|||
|October||Li Xiaopeng||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Cao Yunding||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||Han Rongze||Shandong Luneng Taishan||Zhu Chenjie||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua|||
The awards of 2019 Chinese Super League were announced on 7 December 2019.
|Player of the Season||Paulinho||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao|
|Golden Boot||Eran Zahavi||Guangzhou R&F|
|Goalkeeper of the Season||Yan Junling||Shanghai SIPG|
|Young Player of the Season||Zhu Chenjie||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua|
|Manager of the Season||Li Xiaopeng||Shandong Luneng Taishan|
|Best Referee||Milorad Mažić||–|
|Best Assistant Referee||Zhang Cheng||–|
|Most Popular Player||Wu Xi||Jiangsu Suning|
|Team of the Year|
|Goalkeeper|| Yan Junling |
|Defender|| Tang Miao
| Zhu Chenjie
(Shanghai Greenland Shenhua)
| Li Ang
| Li Lei |
(Beijing Sinobo Guoan)
|Midfielder|| Wu Xi
(Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao)
| Hao Junmin |
(Shandong Luneng Taishan)
|Forward|| Eran Zahavi
| Graziano Pellè
(Shandong Luneng Taishan)
| Yang Liyu |
(Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao)
|1||Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||686,930||49,973||28,973||45,795||−2.6%|
|2||Beijing Sinobo Guoan||627,012||57,056||32,795||41,801||+0.1%|
|4||Chongqing Dangdai Lifan||463,510||43,858||19,836||30,901||−4.7%|
|6||Shandong Luneng Taishan||332,709||40,117||12,158||22,181||−10.5%|
|7||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua||327,513||24,123||20,010||21,834||+1.6%|
|12||Hebei China Fortune||266,981||24,283||13,563||17,799||+11.0%|
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