A two-day AFC Club Licensing Annual Seminar began today at the AFC House.

Club licensing managers from 43 MAs as well as FIFA, UEFA, CAF and task force personnels are attending the seminar which is aimed at updating club licensing managers of the AFC MAs with the latest trends in club licensing.

AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, who gave the opening remarks, said: “We have all witnessed the growth of Asian football in the last five years and recognise that a strong professional league is vital for football development.

“Our Member Associations (MAs) acknowledge the importance of Club Licensing and we have seen an increase in implementation over the years.

“As we prepare for the next phase, it is vital that we enhance the ability of clubs to establish more robust financial regulations and standards. While some clubs are already taking the initiative in this are, we expect all MAs to begin developing their own financial regulations and prepare their clubs for sustainable development.

“The AFC is committed to helping all our MAs and clubs attain higher standards, as outlined in our Vision and Mission. The formation of the Professional Football Department further underlines our ambitions to assist our MAs achieve their goals.”

AFC Head of Club Licensing Mahajan Vasudevan Nair gave the delegates a summary of Club Licensing in 2018, underlining the commitment and achievements of the MAs.

Also in attendance on Day One were FIFA Project Manager Nicolas Crettex, FIFA Club Licensing Manager Daniele Bernardi and FIFPro Asia/Oceania Chairman Takuya Yamazaki who shared valuable insights on good practices, European experiences as well as professional football player contracts.

Day Two will delve further into club licensing topics which include Pre-cycle Preparation, Asian Financials, CLAS updates and AFC benchmarking.

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