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A marquee player is an athlete who is considered exceptionally popular, skilled, or otherwise outstanding, especially in professional sports.[1] Its name comes from theater marquees, on which the names of the stars of productions in said theater are often emblazoned in order to draw spectators. Several sports leagues have specific definitions and rules regarding the designation and treatment of marquee players.

In the Liga 1 of the Football Association of Indonesia each team is allowed to designate one marquee player.[2]

In the A-League of the Football Federation Australia each team is allowed to designate two marquee players whose salaries are exempted from the league's salary cap.[3] Similarly, in English Premiership rugby marquee players are excluded from salary cap constraints.[4]

The All India Football Federation requires each I-League team to feature one marquee player. The federation defines "marquee players" as foreign players who have represented their country in one of several international championships. Teams are also allowed to propose other skilled players for the designation.[5] Marquee players are also used in the Indian Super League.

In World TeamTennis a marquee player is not required to play the entire season and is compensated on a per-match basis. Marquee players are drafted in a marquee draft prior to the roster draft.[6]


  1. ^ Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2015). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. Routledge. p. 1461. ISBN 978-1-317-37252-3. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Demam Marquee Player Merambah Indonesia".
  3. ^ "Sweeping changes to A-League cap unveiled". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Premiership Rugby introduces TWO marquee players per club for 2015 season as salary cap raised to £5.1milion in bid to keep top home-grown talent in England". Mail Online. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "AIFF defines meaning of marquee player". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  6. ^ World TeamTennis (25 June 2015). "2015 Mylan WTT Official Rules Guide" (pdf). Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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