AFC CLUB LICENSING

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AFC Club Licensing Regulations

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Definitions 1 2 Introduction 1.1 Objectives for the AFC Club Licensing System Procedure 2.1 Criteria Graduation 2.1.1 2.2.1 2.2.2 2.2.3 2.2.4 2.2.5 2.2.6 2.2.7 2.2.8 2.2.9 Principle Principle Implementation at National Association Level Existence of a Legal Basis within the Statutes Possibility for the National Association to Delegate the Club Licensing System to an Affiliated League Rules Regarding Sanctions of the National Club Licensing System Integration of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations into a National Club Licensing Regulations for the 2013 Season Exception Process and Policy Accreditation Process Decision on the Application of the System to its Licence Applicants Principle Principle Principle 2.2 Licensing Implementation 7 16 17 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 23 26 27 27 27 28 28 28 28

2.3 Spot-Checks by AFC 2.3.1 2.4.1 2.5.1 2.4 Development Process 2.5 Bodies of AFC

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Licensor 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Licensor Definition 3.2.1 3.2.2 3.2.3 3.2.4 3.2.5 3.2.6 3.2.7 Who is the Licensor? Decision-Making Bodies Licensing Administration First Instance Body (FIB) Appeals Body (AB) Requirements of Members of the Decision-Making Bodies Procedure of Decision Making

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Licence Applicant and Licence 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Circle of Licence Applicants 4.2.1 4.2.2 4.2.3 4.3.1 4.4.1 4.5.1 Authority to Define Licence Applicants Status of Football Clubs Legal Form of Football Clubs Principle Principle Principle

4.3 Definition of Licence Applicants 4.4 Licence 4.5 Admission to AFC Club Competitions 4.6 Extraordinary Application of the Club Licensing System for Entering AFC Club Competitions 4.6.1 4.6.2 Principle Procedure

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4.4 Criteria 7.2 “A” Criteria “B” Criteria AFC Club Licensing Regulations 5 .1 7.1 Principle 43 43 43 45 45 45 45 46 46 48 48 49 49 49 50 50 50 55 57 58 58 58 59 60 60 66 6 Sporting Criteria 6.1 Introduction 6.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 5 Core Process 5.4.4 Criteria 6.1.3 Benefits for Clubs 6.4 Criteria 8.3 “A” Criteria “B” Criteria “C” Criteria 7 Infrastructure Criteria 7.4.1 Introduction 8.2 Objectives 8.4.1 Introduction 7.1 8.4.4.2 Objectives 6.2 Objectives 7.3 “A” Criteria “B” Criteria “C” Criteria 8 Personnel and Administrative Criteria 8.2 6.1 Introduction 5.2 7.3 Benefits for Clubs 7.1 6.4.4.3 Benefits for Clubs 8.

5.2 Future Financial Information 10.3 10.3 Subsequent Information 11 Final Provisions 11.5 “A” Criteria “B” Criteria “C” Criteria 68 68 68 68 71 71 72 72 72 73 73 74 74 77 77 79 79 79 79 79 79 80 10 Financial Criteria Introduction Objectives Benefits Reporting Period and Format Criteria 10.1 11.4 11.5 Appendices Disciplinary Procedures Implementing Provisions Matters Not Provided For Ratification Appendix I Core Process 6 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .1 9.5.2.1 10.4 10.5.3 10.1 Historic Financial Information 10.2.1 9.2 10.2 11.9 Legal Criteria 9.2 Introduction Criteria 9.2.2 9.3 11.

The guidelines of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations provide the licensor and licence applicants further understanding into the reasons behind the criteria as well as a standard interpretation of the criteria and assessment process. may misinterpret the results. In relation to the financial criteria in the Regulations. The regulations consisting of five categories of criteria and a core process. an auditor is engaged to carry out those procedures of an audit nature to which the auditor and the entity and any appropriate third parties have agreed and to report on factual findings. The requirements of the AFC club licensing regulations must be transferred into a “National Club Licensing Regulations”.AFC Club Licensing Regulations DEFINITIONS Definition Accounting policies AFC Club Licensing Manual (Manual) The specific principles. The recipients of the report must form their own conclusions from the report by the auditor. conventions. bases. AFC Cup and/or AFC President’s Cup See Season to be licensed Working document which describes the requirements to be fulfilled by the clubs with regard to the Stadium to be used for AFC club competition matches. the Manual also provides details on mandatory and minimum requirements. unaware of the reasons for the procedures. AFC Club Licensing Regulations AFC Club Licensing Regulations (Regulations) AFC Club Competitions AFC Season AFC Stadium Regulation Agreed-upon procedures (AUP) 7 . Working document which describes the AFC Club Licensing Regulations. The report is restricted to those parties that have agreed to the procedures to be performed since others. In an engagement to perform agreed-upon procedures. AFC Champions League. rules and practices adopted by an entity in preparing and presenting its financial statements.

which are equivalent terms. This is expressed positively in the audit report as reasonable assurance. the useful life is the contract life. highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value. in all material respects”. for the capitalized direct costs of acquiring a player’s registration. For example. over which the investor has significant influence and that is neither a subsidiary nor an interest in a joint venture. the auditor provides a high but not absolute. level of assurance that the information subject to audit is free of material misstatement. See Core Process The objective of an audit of financial statements is to enable the auditor to express an opinion whether the financial statements are prepared. in all material respect. based on management’s assumptions about events that may occur in the future and possible actions by an entity. A similar objective applies to the audit of financial or other information prepared in accordance with appropriate criteria. a statement of cash flows and those notes. The phrases used to express the auditor’s opinion are “give a true and fair view” or “present fairly. An entity.Amortisation The systematic allocation of the depreciable amount of an intangible asset over its useful life. A complete set of financial statements prepared as at the statutory closing date. other statements and explanatory material that are an integral part of the financial statements. Cash equivalents are short term. Cash comprises cash on hand and demand deposits. Annual financial statements Associate Assessment process Audit Budget The schedules containing an entity’s future financial information. in accordance with an identified financial reporting framework. profit and loss account. Cash and cash equivalents 8 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . including an unincorporated entity such as a partnership. In an audit engagement. normally including a balance sheet.

infrastructure. legal and financial). Minimum requirements that the licensor has to put in place for verification of compliance with the criteria described in the regulations as basis for the issuance of a licence to an applicant. This date is defined by AFC each year and announced to the licensors. Residual value is the estimated amount that an entity would currently obtain from disposal of the asset. after deducting the estimated costs of disposal. The date by which each licensor requires licence applicants to have submitted all relevant information for its application for a licence. if the asset were already of the age and in the condition expected at the end of its useful economic life. Requirements to be fulfilled by the licence applicant divided into five categories (sporting. The power to govern the financial and operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. or other amount substituted for cost. C (mandatory and best practice recommendation) The date by which each licensor must submit to AFC the list of clubs that were granted with a licence by the national decisionmaking bodies. personnel and administrative. less its residual value. with each category being split into three grades: A. Criteria Deadline for submission of the list of licensed clubs to AFC Deadline for submission of the application to the licensor Depreciable amount AFC Club Licensing Regulations 9 .AFC Club Licensing Regulations Consolidated financial statement Control Core process Financial statements of a group presented as those of a single economic company. The cost of an asset. B.

and which is not an interim period. legal fees. Costs to include:a) Transfer fee payable for securing the registration. payments to agents for services to the club. excluding any internal development or other costs. A reporting entity is normally viewed as a going concern. An event or condition is of major economic importance if it is considered material to the financial statements of the reporting entity and would require a different (adverse) presentation of the results of the operations. All forms of consideration given by an entity in exchange for service rendered by employees.Direct costs of acquiring a player’s registration Those payments to third parties for the acquisition of a player’s registration. It is assumed that the entity has neither the intention nor the necessity of liquidation. Employee benefits Event or condition of major economic importance Financial year Future financial information Going concern Group 10 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . Information about the prospective financial effects of future events and possible actions on the entity concerned. that is. financial position and net assets of the reporting entity if it had occurred during the preceding financial year of interim period. including an unincorporated entity such as a partnership that is controlled by another entity (known as the parent). and c) Other direct costs of obtaining the player’s registration (eg. b) Transfer fee levy (if applicable). A parent is an entity that has one or more subsidiaries. A subsidiary is an entity. compensation payments for training and development of young players in accordance with FIFA and/or domestic transfer regulations and other direct costs in connection with the transfer). whether this is a year or not. as continuing in operation for the foreseeable future. The financial reporting period ending on the statutory closing date. A parent and all its subsidiaries. ceasing trading nor seeking protection from creditors pursuant to laws or regulations.

in compliance with the IFAC Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants. A financial report containing either a complete set of financial statements or a set of condensed financial statements for an interim period. and c) Interpretations originated by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) or the former Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC). governments. securities regulators and other key stakeholders across the world’.org. Historic financial information is in respect of the financial performance and position prior to the licensing decision. such as the registration of a player. visit www. A financial reporting period shorter than a full financial year. For additional information about the IAASB and ISA. ifac.org AFC Club Licensing Regulations Intangible asset Interim financial statements Interim period International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) International Standards on Auditing (“ISA”) 11 .AFC Club Licensing Regulations Historic financial information Independent auditor Information about the financial effects of past events on the entity concerned. An identifiable non-monetary asset without physical substance. banking regulators. They comprise:a) International Financial Reporting Standards. visit www. b) International Accounting Standards. The term ‘auditor’ may also be used when describing related services or assurance engagements other than audits. The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (“IAASB”) issues International Standards on Auditing as the standards to be applied by auditors in reporting on historical financial information. one of its objectives is ‘establishing high quality auditing standards and guidance for financial statement audits that are generally accepted and recognized by investors. According to the IAASB. An auditor who is independent of the entity. For additional information.ifac. auditors. Standards and Interpretations adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

org. Licence applicant which has been granted with a licence by the licensor. Current ISRSs are available from www.org The IAASB issues engagement standard that include the application of agreed-upon procedures to information.ifac.ifac. A contractual arrangement whereby two or more parties (the venturers) undertake an economic activity that is subject to joint control. Where an entity included in the consolidation manages jointly with another entity not included in the consolidation an economic activity that other entity (Joint Venture) may be dealt with in the Group accounts. Body or staff within the licensor that deals with club licensing matters. Current ISREs are available from www. Legal entity fully and solely responsible for the football team participating in national and international club competitions which applies for a licence. See Core process Season for which a licence has been granted (cf. also Season to be licensed) Licence applicant Licensee Licensing administration Licensing cycle Licensing season Licensing process Process in which a licence is granted 12 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . Licence Certificate confirming fulfillment of all mandatory minimum requirements by the licensee in order to start the admission procedure for AFC Champions League.International Standards on Review Engagements (ISRE) International Standards on Related Services (ISRS) Joint venture The IAASB issues standards applicable to a review of historic financial information.

‘Fair value less costs to sell’ is the amount obtainable from the sale of an asset in an arm’s length transaction between knowledgeable.AFC Club Licensing Regulations Licensor Management (personnel) Body that operates the national licensing system and grants the licence Describes those responsible for the preparation and fair representation of the financial statements and other financial information. Omissions or misstatements of items or information are material if they could. less the costs of disposal. AFC Club Licensing Regulations Material or Materiality May Must or shall National accounting practice National Club Licensing Regulations Parent Recoverable amount 13 . individually or collectively. influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of the financial information. Materiality depends on the size and nature of the omission or misstatement judged in the surrounding circumstances or context. willing parties. ‘Value in use’ is the present value of future cash flows expected to be derived from the asset. the appropriate reference may be ‘to those charged with governance’ (for example. rather than mandatory) Indicates an obligation to do something The accounting and reporting practices and disclosures required of entities in a particular country. or a combination of both. Working document which describes the national club licensing system in a particular country. the directors). Other terms may be appropriate depending on the legal framework in the particular jurisdiction. The size or nature of the item. in some jurisdictions. It includes all minimum requirements of the AFC club licensing system as well as any specific national particularities and objectives. An entity that has one or more subsidiaries. For example. Indicates a party’s discretion to do something (ie. optional. could be the determining factor. The higher of an asset’s fair value less costs to sell and its value in use.

or for which significant voting power in such entity resides with. directly or indirectly. subsidiaries and fellow subsidiaries). or g) the party is a post-employment benefit plan for the benefit of employees of the entity. the party:i) controls. on the basis of the review. in all material respects. e) the party is a close member of the family of any individual referred to in (a) or (d). Reporting entity/entities Review 14 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . f) the party is an entity that is controlled. or indirectly through one or more intermediaries. according to the rules of this regulations. or iii) has joint control over the entity. in accordance with an identified financial reporting framework. is controlled by. or of any entity that is a related party of the entity. jointly controlled or significantly influenced by. b) the party is an associate of the entity. The registered member and/or company or group which. or is under common control with the entity (this includes parents. must provide the licensor with respectively statutory or consolidated financial statements. c) the party is a joint venture in which the entity is a venturer. A party is related to an entity if:a) Directly.Registered member Related party Any legal entity according to national law and/or national association statutes. which is member of the national association and/or its affiliated league. The objective of an engagement to review financial information is to enable an auditor to express a conclusion whether. ii) has an interest in the entity that gives it significant influence over the entity. d) the party is a member of the key management personnel of the entity or its parent. anything has come to the auditor’s attention that causes the auditor to believe that the financial information is not prepared. any individual referred to in (d) or (e).

press centres and accreditation centres). Means the venue for a competition match including. A review may bring significant matters affecting the financial information to the auditor’s. An entity. ie. The content and presentation of the supplementary information. The annual accounting reference date of the reporting entity.01 for content and accounting are not met in the audited annual financial statements. primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters. but not limited to. if required at all. all properties and facilities near to such stadium (for example. Events or conditions occurring after the licensing decision. is not designed to obtain reasonable assurance that the financial information is free from material misstatement. offices. hospitality areas. If the minimum requirements of criterion F. AFC Club Licensing Regulations Stadium Statutory closing date Subsequent events Subsidiary Supplementary information 15 . Season to be licensed Significant change Significant influence Means the AFC season for which the licence applicant has applied for the licence. will vary between licence applicants depending on the amount of information already disclosed in the separate audited annual financial statements. A review consists of making inquiries. but it does not provide the evidence that would be required for an audit. The power to participate in the financial and operating policy decisions of the investee but is not control or joint control over those policies. including an unincorporated entity such as a partnership that is controlled by another entity (known as the parent). and applying analytical and other review procedures. 1 January – 31 December Means an event that is considered material to the documentation previously submitted to the licensor and that would require a different presentation if it had occurred prior to the submission of the licensing documentation.AFC Club Licensing Regulations A review. in contrast to an audit. additional information must be prepared and submitted by the licence applicant.

INTRODUCTION This “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” is the basic working document for national associations which incorporates the AFC minimum requirements that must be transformed into a “National Club Licensing Regulations”. the final wording has to be adapted by the licensor. personnel and administrative criteria. For several criteria. In contrast. The second section is directed at the clubs of the national association. The latter provides the licensor and licence applicants with further understanding into the reasons behind the criteria as well as a standard interpretation of the criteria and assessment process stated in the AFC Club Licensing Regulations. the status of football and its top-division clubs as well as the minimum standards of its current “National Club Licensing Regulations”. which are as follows: sporting criteria. Some flexibility has been given to the discretion of the national association. The first section addresses the national association as the licensor. The AFC Club Licensing Regulations must be read together with the AFC Club Licensing Manual. In such 16 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . infrastructure criteria.1. legal criteria and financial criteria. The five categories of minimum criteria are described in five chapters. taking into account the particular situation of the national association. AFC lays down some “mandatory”. Each chapter also includes the objectives and the benefits for the clubs. as a first step towards the development of Asian football. “B” and “C”). The national associations and clubs should first carefully read through the objectives of each category of criteria. This AFC Club Licensing Regulations is divided into two main sections. to ensure a certain unified quality standard throughout Asia. explaining its tasks. defining the licence applicant and the licensing bodies as well as the core process to be applied. The criteria are divided into three different grades (“A”. It comes into force on its approval by the AFC Executive Committee and applies for the first time for the 2013 season.

8. 1. 2. Take into account national law. 2.1 The AFC Club Licensing System has the following objectives:• Safeguarding the credibility and integrity of continental and national club competitions. Consider increasing the minimum criteria set by AFC. if the club licensing system applies to the national context (which divisions or clubs and which criteria). administrative and infrastructure related criteria throughout Asia. 7. Decide. Each National Club Licensing Regulations will have to be accredited by AFC (cf. The national associations are invited to:1. if available. 5.3. 4. 3. Adapt its own structure and relevant organisation according to the minimum requirements regarding the core process and further procedures. Exchange opinions and experiences with AFC and other AFC member associations. Read and understand the AFC Club Licensing Regulations in conjunction with the AFC Club Licensing Manual. statutes and regulations.AFC Club Licensing Regulations circumstances the regulations shall be individually tailored by each licensor according to its specific needs and in compliance with national law. • Increasing the level of management and organization within the clubs OBJECTIVES FOR THE AFC CLUB LICENSING SYSTEM AFC Club Licensing Regulations 17 . 6. Review the format (layout) and structure of the current “National Club Licensing Regulations” and adapt it accordingly. according to the specific needs and the existing quality of domestic competitions. Set-up a working plan for the implementation of the new National Club Licensing Regulations taking into account the AFC deadlines for exceptions and accreditation as well as the national decision-making process. • Allowing the development of benchmarking for clubs in financial. legal. • Further promotion and continuous improvement of the standard of all aspects of football in Asia and continuing priority given to the training and care of young players in each club.7). and upgrading or adding other criteria for the National Club Licensing Regulations. sporting. personnel.

• • • • Improvement of the economic and financial capability of the clubs. and placing the necessary importance on the protection of creditors. Adaptation of clubs’ sporting infrastructure to provide spectators and media with well-appointed. 18 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . well-equipped and safe stadiums. Safeguarding the continuity of international competitions for one season. Monitoring the financial fair play in the competitions. increasing their transparency and credibility.

b) “B” – criteria – “MANDATORY”: If the licence applicant does not fulfil any B-criteria.criteria – “BEST PRACTICE”: C-criteria are best practice recommendations.3 The licensor is free to increase the minimum requirements or to upgrade the criteria established by AFC (see chapters 6 to 10) for the purposes of entering in the AFC and/or the national club competitions.1.1.1. The licensor may also introduce additional criteria not included in the AFC Club Licensing Regulations. c) “C”. • Licensor X establishes minimum number of youth teams per licence applicant is 5. o Consequently.4 Where introduced by the licensor in its national licensing regulations. By way of illustration:• AFC minimum number of youth teams is 4. then it cannot be granted with a licence to enter the AFC Club Competitions. then it is sanctioned as specified by the licensor but may still receive a licence to enter the AFC Club Competitions.1 2. 2. CRITERIA GRADUATION AFC Club Licensing Regulations 19 . any increased minimum requirements.1. upgraded or additional criteria will apply “mutatis mutandis” to enter in the AFC club competitions. Certain C-criteria may become “MANDATORY” criteria at a later stage.1.2 The different grades have been defined as follows: a) “A”.1 PRINCIPLE 2. the minimum number of youth teams per licence applicant is 5. PROCEDURE 2. 2.1.1. Non-fulfilment of any C-criteria does not lead to any sanction or to the refusal of the licence.1.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 2. 2.1 The criteria described in this AFC Club Licensing Regulations are graded into three separate categories.criteria – “MANDATORY”: If the licence applicant does not fulfil any A-criteria. for all member clubs of Licensor X playing in AFC club competitions.1.

2. each national association must have a legal basis within its statutes (cf.2.2. 2.2.).1 Under certain conditions (cf.2 Vis-à-vis AFC.2.3 EXISTENCE OF A LEGAL BASIS WITHIN THE STATUTES 2.7).6.3. cf.2 As an alternative the club licensing system can also be based on a contract between the club and the national association.). 2. 2.2. 2.2.2. c) establishment of rules regarding the sanction of the National Club Licensing System (cf.2. 2.). g) decision on the application of the licensing system to its licence applicants (cf. 2. 20 AFC Club Licensing Regulations LICENSING IMPLEMENTATION . cf.2.2 2. b) possibility for the national association to delegate club licensing responsibilities to an affiliated league (cf.2. d) integration of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations into a National Club Licensing Regulations (cf.3. 2.4.).2.4 POSSIBILITY FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO DELEGATE THE CLUB LICENSING SYSTEM TO AN AFFILIATED LEAGUE 2.4.3. 2. the national association as an AFC member remains liable and responsible for the proper implementation of the club licensing system. 2. 2. e) possibility for the national association to ask for exceptions (exception process. the national association may delegate the club licensing system to an affiliated league.9. 2.8.). FIFA Standard Statutes: Article 76). 2.2.1 The implementation of the club licensing system at national level includes the following steps and processes:a) existence of a legal basis within the statutes (cf.4.2.).1 PRINCIPLE The AFC Club Licensing Regulations must be transformed into national club licensing regulations which set the minimum criteria for the licensee to enter AFC and/or the national club competitions.6). regardless of whether there is delegation or not.1 For the implementation of the club licensing system within all AFC member associations.4. f) submission of the national licensing regulations to AFC for accreditation (accreditation process.5.2.2.2.2.2.2 IMPLEMENTATION AT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION LEVEL 2. 2.

in writing.4 Such well-founded requests can be made to the AFC administration at any time. iv. implementing the AFC club licensing system requirements according to the provisions of the “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” and any future amendments thereto into a “National Club Licensing Regulations”. issuing the appropriate sanction to the parties concerned according to AFC’s recommendations or decisions. b) is responsible for running the top domestic championship. granting AFC and its nominated bodies/agencies full necessary access to verify the operation of the club licensing system and the decisions of the decision-making bodies at any time.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 2.3 Only the AFC Executive Committee may approve any request from national associations to delegate or to withdraw licensing responsibilities to/from the affiliated league. 2.2. regulations and the decisions of its responsible and competent bodies.6 The AFC Executive Committee may approve the delegation requests if the national association provides written confirmation that such a league:a) is affiliated to the national association and has accepted its statutes.2. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 21 . ii. 2.4. iii.2.4. In the event of approval by the AFC Executive Committee.2. the accreditation of the club licensing system and/or spot-checks. 2. in writing:i. allowing AFC and its nominated bodies/agencies to conduct spot-checks at any time on clubs that qualify for the AFC Champions League competition. accepting any AFC decision made with regard to the exceptions.4.5 AFC would not accept any delegation request or its withdrawal during the core process in order to ensure continuity. c) has submitted a decision by the legislative body of this affiliated league to comply with the following obligations towards AFC. all the requests presented to AFC in writing before the start of the core process will be considered for effect in the following football season of AFC.4. v.

the prohibition to conclude new transfer agreements or players’ contracts.2 The transformation of the “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” into a “National Club Licensing Regulations” has to take place during 2010 in view of the AFC Club Competitions in 2013 and includes the following processes which require the approval of AFC:a) Exception process and policy (cf.1 Each national association defines the parties involved (licensor. etc. b) Refer to the national disciplinary regulations for the violation of the licensing regulations as such (e. the licensor may sanction the club before the start as well as during the season.2. submission of falsified documents. licence applicant.2.8 below) 2. for the non fulfillment of B criteria). 2. the criteria and the necessary processes in accordance with the “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” for entering in the AFC Club Competition in its “National Club Licensing Regulations”.g. the national association shall:a) Set up a catalogue of sanctions for the club licensing system (e. 2. The catalogue of sanctions may include a caution and a fine.3 For the 2013 AFC season the deadline for the submission of any exception request to AFC is 30 April 2011.7 below) b) Accreditation process (cf.1 To guarantee an appropriate assessment process. 2.g.6 INTEGRATION OF THE AFC CLUB LICENSING REGULATIONS INTO A NATIONAL CLUB LICENSING REGULATIONS FOR THE 2013 SEASON 2. Furthermore.2.2. the obligation to submit some guarantees.2.2.2.2. their rights and duties. 22 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . 2. non respect of deadlines. the catalogue of sanctions may additionally include the deduction of points.6.5. It pertains to the relevant licensing bodies to determine these sanctions against the licence applicants/licensee.2.6. sanctions against individuals. etc.5 RULES REGARDING SANCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL CLUB LICENSING SYSTEM 2. decision-making bodies).). etc. If the club licensing system also applies for participation in the national competitions.6.

c) national law.2.5 The “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” is structured and worded in such a manner that the national association can use its full text as a master document. that all applicable provisions of these regulations have been integrated in its national club licensing regulations.2. Under specific AFC Club Licensing Regulations 23 . AFC fixes the quality and the national association fixes the quantity according to its needs. for any given criterion.6. the text must be individually tailored by each licensor according to its specific needs.7.6.2. Where flexibility has been given to the discretion of the national association. As a principle. Such rewording by the national association is subject to compliance with the AFC “mandatory” in each category of criteria and the licensing process itself. 2. Exceptions may be granted by the AFC Administration according to process and policies stated in 2. d) flexibility given by AFC.2.2.7 below. b) The exception will be granted to the national association by AFC.6. The national association may adapt the wording of the AFC Club Licensing Regulations according to:a) the national associations objectives and priorities. 2. b) the statutes and regulations of the national association.6 The national association is responsible for ensuring. c) Exceptions granted to a national association apply to all clubs which play within the national association and which qualify for a AFC club competition (AFC Champions League.7 EXCEPTION PROCESS AND POLICY 2. 2. AFC President’s Cup) for the season in question.2.1 The following exception policy guidelines apply:a) Only clear and well-founded requests submitted in writing and within the given deadline to the AFC by the national association will be dealt with. AFC Cup.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 2. AFC gives the national associations some flexibility in the finalisation of the wording of each single criterion as well as in the description of the licensing process for the member clubs. and must demonstrate to the AFC Administration.4 For the 2013 AFC season the deadline for the submission of the new National Club Licensing Regulations to AFC for accreditation is 30 April 2011.

). semi-professional or amateur clubs and at the level of the association). The AFC Administration acts as the first instance decision-making body on exception requests. cf. v. iv.). Under specific circumstances such period may be extended and the national association may be placed on an improvement plan. number of registered players and teams. regional and local authorities. 2012 is the deadline for application of exception for the AFC season 2014 while for the AFC season 2013. vi. etc. AFC reserves the right not to apply exceptions granted to the national association to a specific individual club (e. geography. 24 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .).g. It guarantees that decisions are made within a short deadline and ensures equal treatment within the AFC family. sponsorship. iii. f) The status and situation of football within the national association will be taken into account when granting an exception.2 A request must be well-founded and submitted in writing by the national association at the latest by November 30 two years preceding the season to be licensed (this deadline applies for the participation in the AFC season 2014 and onwards – and therefore November 30. size of the country. etc. size of the national association (number of clubs. see example.2. ii. The situation encompasses for example: i. etc. size and quality of the administration of the association. support (financial and other) from the national. 2.2. stadium ownership situation (club. d) The exception period granted is one season. the level of football (professional.) within the association. TV market. club participating in the AFC club competitions on a regular basis). population. city/community. revenue potential. status of football as a sport within the association and its market potential (average attendance. economic background. including the national sports ministry.circumstances. e) A renewal of the exception is possible upon new request. 2.7.3.6.

7 The Court of Arbitration for Sport (hereafter CAS) in Lausanne is appointed as independent appeals body for the club licensing system. the AFC Executive Committee in writing before the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in accordance with the relevant provisions laid down in the AFC Statutes. 2. The relevant articles of the CAS and AFC Statutes.7. Rules and Regulations shall apply. The procedure must be done in writing.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 2. if applicable. b) non-applicability of a minimum requirement concerning the core process defined in Chapter 5 due to national law or any other reason.7. Decisions of the CAS are final and binding. f) include a statement of the rights to appeal. c) include a deadline/time limit.2. financial aspects).g. 2. or.7. It may relate to:a) non-applicability of a minimum requirement concerning the decision making bodies or process defined in Chapter 3: Licensor.4 The AFC Administration shall use the necessary discretion to grant any exception within the limits of these guidelines set. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 25 . d) non-applicability of a minimum assessment procedure defined in Chapters 6-10. d) provide transparency for the involved parties subject to respect of confidentiality (e.7.2. c) non-applicability of a certain criterion defined in Chapters 6-10 due to national law or any other reason.5 The decision must:a) be in writing.2.2.6 Appeals can be lodged against decisions made by the AFC Administration. e) be communicated to the AFC member associations (and the affiliated league in case of delegation) with the reasoning.7. e) extension of the introduction period for the implementation of a criterion or a category of criteria in Chapters 6-10.3 An exception request must be clear and concrete. b) state the reasoning. 2. This must then be referred to in the National Club Licensing Regulations and communicated to all licence applicants.2. 2. due to national law or any other reason.

2.2. The national association must have its accredited regulations approved by its competent body (e.3 The licensor must confirm. 2.8.8. Any new accreditation request must be submitted in writing by the national association at the latest by January 31 of the year preceding the 26 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . for the amended regulations to come into force.2. unless duly approved by AFC. in English.8. to AFC that all criteria contained in the “National Club Licensing Regulations” sent to AFC for accreditation are in compliance with the applicable national law.2. However.2.8. This process guarantees that in each National Club Licensing Regulations.4 The national club licensing regulations must be approved by the competent national bodies and communicated to the licence applicants before the start of the licensing process and they cannot be amended during the latter process.8.2. 2.g.2. 2. 2.8 ACCREDITATION PROCESS 2. in writing. Executive Committee) within a date that allows proper implementation of the new rules for the season specified by AFC.7 The national associations are free to amend their club licensing regulations at any time. this must first be accredited by AFC.8.2. the AFC “mandatory” criteria and the “mandatory” process steps are implemented at national level accordingly. 2.8. b) the license issued by the competent national bodies according to the national club licensing regulations is based on the minimum criteria set in these regulations. 2.2 AFC approves the final version of the “National Club Licensing Regulations” through what is known as the “accreditation process”.5 The AFC Administration reviews the final version of the national club licensing regulations and confirms in writing to the national association that:a) the applicable provisions of these regulations for the purpose of entering the AFC Champions League are integrated in the national club licensing regulations. to AFC for accreditation.2.6 AFC specifies the season from which the accredited regulations can come into force.1 The national associations finalise the wording of the “National Club Licensing Regulations” and send it.

6. the right to conduct spot-checks with the licensors and. at any time.3.2.1 PRINCIPLE 2. 2.2.9 DECISION ON THE APPLICATION OF THE SYSTEM TO ITS LICENCE APPLICANTS 2.3 2. 2013 in this example.1.9. In particular it is very important that the national associations carefully consider the criteria to be implemented for entering the national competitions.2.9. decrease. the national association is free to increase. or introduce additional minimum criteria in its club licensing regulations for the purpose of entering the lower division domestic club competitions.4. with the applicant club in order to ensure that its licence was correctly awarded at the time of the final and binding decision of the licensor. 2. the impact of such decision on the national competition regulations and the consequences of a licence refusal on national level.AFC Club Licensing Regulations season to be licensed (this deadline applies for the participation in the AFC 2014 season onwards – therefore January 31.3 The quality standards will thereby be improved on a broader basis for the national championship as well as for AFC club competitions and the clubs of the same division are treated equally.3. For this purpose.). 2. The non-observance of the minimum mandatory requirements as defined in the National Club Licensing Regulations accredited by AFC may result in sanctions defined by the appropriate AFC body according to the nature and the gravity of the violations.2. AFC recommends that such decision is attentively evaluated. in the presence of the latter. cf.2.2 The national association may also decide to implement the system for participation in the top division and/or lower division national competitions. 2.9. 2.1 The national association must implement the system for participation in AFC club competitions whenever expressly referred to by specific regulations governing a club competition to be played under the auspices of AFC. 2.8.8 The decision on the accreditation is communicated in writing to the national association and is final and binding.1 AFC and/or its nominated bodies/agencies reserve.2. AFC Club Licensing Regulations SPOT-CHECKS BY AFC 27 .

c) specific working groups (e.1 The bodies through which AFC will act with regard to the club licensing system shall be: a) the Executive Committee for the approval of this regulations.1 PRINCIPLE 2. legal working group. etc.4 2.4.g.1.5.1. financial working group. DEVELOPMENT PROCESS 2. b) the AFC Administration for the approval of the exception requests.1.5.3 For the purpose of the spot-checks by AFC. to assist the AFC Administration in the development of the club licensing system. the accreditation of the National Club Licensing Regulations. may be set up. 2.5 2. clarifications. the English version is the authoritative text.4.2 AFC and/or its nominated bodies/agencies reserve the right. at any time. etc. 2.2 Any changes. to conduct spot-checks with the licensors to verify that the minimum requirements defined in the core process (cf.1 The project organisation used by the AFC administration for the development of the club licensing system will also be used for further developments of the system. The non-observance of the minimum mandatory requirements may result in sanctions defined by the appropriate AFC body according to the nature and the gravity of the violations.1. the extraordinary application procedure to enter AFC club competitions as regulated by these regulations and all tasks regarding club licensing. the exception policy and the delegation requests and any other matter which is not regulated by this regulations. Chapter 5) are respected. 28 BODIES OF AFC AFC Club Licensing Regulations .1.3. in relation to the AFC Club Licensing system will be communicated to the national associations by AFC circular letter.) composed by specialists delegated by the licensors.1 PRINCIPLE 2.4. 2.3.2. in the event of any discrepancy in interpretation between the English and the National official language in the wording of the National Club Licensing Regulations. the execution of the spot checks.

The AFC Disciplinary Code and the corresponding AFC competition regulations apply. 2.AFC Club Licensing Regulations d) the AFC Judicial Bodies for the penalisation of breaches of duties relating to the “AFC Club Licensing Regulations” and certain decisions on the spot check result (cf.3). AFC Club Licensing Regulations 29 .

3).1.1 The licensor shall establish two decision-making bodies.2. e) determine whether a licence can be granted.2.2. the licensor must:a) establish at least two decision-making bodies (cf.3).3.2. Chapter 5). 30 AFC Club Licensing Regulations LICENSOR DEFINITION .5 In particular.2. 3. 3. the names of which it shall be determined:a) First Instance Body (FIB) b) Appeals Body (AB) 3.3.2 DECISION-MAKING BODIES 3. b) establish an appropriate licensing administration (cf. 3.2 The licensor governs the licensing system.2.4 The licensor guarantees the licensee full confidentiality with regard to all information given by the licence applicant during the licensing process.2. 3.5).2). d) define the core process (cf. 3.1. in English. to the AFC Administration for review according to procedures defined in Chapter 2.1.2.1.1 WHO IS THE LICENSOR? 3. Under certain conditions.2. LICENSOR 3. Anyone involved in the licensing process or appointed by the licensor must sign a confidentiality clause before starting its tasks. They shall receive administrative support from the administration of the licensor (cf.2.) 3.2.2 This chapter defines the licensor and the decision-making bodies. 2. INTRODUCTION 3.1 The national association is the licensor. 3.2. the national association may delegate club licensing system to an affiliated league (cf.1. 3.3 The licensor shall ensure that all applicable provisions defined in these regulations are integrated into national club licensing regulations that must be submitted.2.2.2.1 3. appoints the corresponding licensing bodies and fixes the necessary processes. c) set up a catalogue of sanctions (cf.2.2 The decision-making bodies shall be independent from each other.2.

3 The licensor decides on the quorum of the FIB. 3. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 31 .4. b) providing administrative support to the decision-making bodies referred to in 3.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 3.4 FIRST INSTANCE BODY (FIB) 3. 3.2.3.g.4.2.2.2.2.2. 3. 3.3.3. national trade association). 3.3 The LA must be equipped with suitably qualified staff and the necessary infrastructure.2.2. The national association shall set up the necessary confidentiality clauses in this respect. or must have several years experience in the above matters (a “recognition of competence”). 3. The quorum must be of minimum three members.3 above.1 The licensor shall establish an appropriate administration and appoint its qualified staff members.3. advising and monitoring the licensees during the season. These costs are borne by the licensor. implementing and further developing the club licensing system.2 The tasks of the Licensing administration (LA) will include:a) preparing. d) serving as the contact point for and sharing expertise with the licensing departments of other AFC member associations and with AFC itself. c) assisting.4.2.3.2. The chairman has the casting vote.4 At least one staff member or an external financial adviser must have a financial background and a diploma in accountancy/auditing recognised by the appropriate national body (e.3 LICENSING ADMINISTRATION 3.5 All persons involved in the licensing process must comply with strict confidentiality rules regarding information received during the licensing procedure.2. 3. the decision must be put in writing and include the reasoning.2 In the case of a licence refusal.2.1 The FIB decides on whether a licence should be granted to an applicant on the basis of the documents provided and in accordance with the provisions of the National Club Licensing Regulations at the submission deadline set by the licensor and on whether a licence shall be withdrawn.

or c) The licensor.5.5.1 The AB decides on appeals submitted in writing and makes a final and binding decision on whether a licence should be granted.2 The decision making bodies must have at least one qualified lawyer and an auditor holding a qualification recognised by the appropriate national professional body among their members.2 Appeals may only be lodged by:a) The licence applicant.6.2. the competent body of which must be defined (e.8 The licensor decides on the quorum for the decisions of the AB. the decision must be put in writing and include the reasoning.2.6 REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERS OF THE DECISION MAKING BODIES 3.5. 3. whose licence has been withdrawn by the FIB.1 The Executive Committee of the national association decides if the members of the FIB and AB are elected or appointed. In this respect.7 The Executive Committee of the national association.3.4 Any further evidence submitted to the AB at a later stage shall not be taken into account.2. 3. 3. it shall decide on whether the club licensing system comes under its authority.5. The chairman has the casting vote.6. b) The licensee.2.2. 3. who received the refusal of the FIB. The quorum must be of minimum three members.7) by the chairman of the AB. 3. 32 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . Members may be re-elected or re-appointed for specific terms to be specified.5 In the case of a licence refusal.3 The AB makes its decision based on the decision of the FIB and all the evidence provided by the licence applicant or licensor with its written request for appeal within the deadline determined in the appeal procedure (cf.2.5. 3.5 APPEALS BODY (AB) 3.5. 3. unless otherwise provided by the Statutes. decides on the composition of the AB.6 If a national association has a court of arbitration specified in its statutes.2.2. 3.g. Licensing Manager).2.5.5.6. 3.2. particular attention will be paid to the relevant deadlines for entering the AFC club competitions. 3.2. 3.2.2.2.3 Members of the FIB may not belong simultaneously to a statutory judicial body of the licensor and must act impartially in the discharge of their duties.

3.5 Administrative staff of the national association and its affiliated league cannot be members of the AB. etc.6. 3. 3. of the licence applicant.2.2.9 A member must in all cases automatically abstain if there is any doubt as to his/her independence towards the licence applicant or if there is a conflict of interest.8 In addition to the requirements set out in 3.2.6. 3.) to ensure that they perform their functions to high professional standards. siblings) is a: a) member b) shareholder c) business partner d) sponsor or e) consultant.6. etc.4 The licensor may nominate administrative staff of the national association and its affiliated league as members of the FIB.6.7 Members of the decision making bodies must follow the strict confidentiality rules in the same way as members of the LA (cf.2.6. professional training. below).6.e. with the exception of the Licensing Manager who cannot be member of the FIB. 3.2. The national association defines these rules and the members have to accept them in writing. 3. parents.1 above.2. 3.11 The licensor may establish further criteria regarding the independence of members in accordance with AFC.6.10 In this connection.6. the independence of a member may not be guaranteed if he/she or any member of his/her family (spouse. other than the bodies mentioned in 3. The foregoing list is illustrative and not exhaustive. children.2.2.2.2. the licensor may establish further conditions to be satisfied by members of the licensing bodies (academic. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 33 .2.6. 3.3. experience.4).2.6 Members of the AB must not simultaneously be members of any other statutory body or Committee of the licensor (i.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 3.6.

etc. no delaying effect) i) Type of evidence requested j) Burden of proof (e.1.) l) Ground for complaints m) Content and form of pleading n) Deliberation / hearings o) Cost of procedure / administrative fee / deposit 34 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . as a minimum.2.7 PROCEDURE OF DECISION MAKING 3.7.g.g.3.g. etc.g.2. convocation. legal representation. etc.1.) b) Safeguarding the principle of equal treatment c) Representation (e. These shall. in writing with reasoning.). 5.g.1 In the National Club Licensing Regulations or in a specific regulation. regulate the following standards:a) Deadlines (e.3.g. interruption.g. extension) g) Time limit to appeal h) Effects of appeal (e. licence applicant has burden of proof) k) Decision (e. hearing) e) Official language (if applicable) f) Time limit to issue a request (e. the licensor shall define procedural rules with respect to decision making (cf.) d) The right to be heard (e. submission deadline. compliance. calculation.

g. semi-professional or amateur) is not relevant to the issuance of a licence.2.3 LEGAL FORM OF FOOTBALL CLUBS 4.2 STATUS OF FOOTBALL CLUBS 4.2. The legal entity applying for a licence is called the licence applicant.1 PRINCIPLE 4.2.1 The licensor defines the licence applicants according to the statutes and regulations of the national association. CIRCLE OF LICENCE APPLICANTS 4.1 The status of a football club (professional. FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players). LICENCE APPLICANT AND LICENCE 4. This may be regulated within the licensing regulations and/or in the statutes of the national association and/or in the respective specific national regulations.1 The licence applicant is defined as being the legal entity fully responsible for the football team participating in national and international club competitions and which is either:a) any legal entity according to national law and/or national association statutes.1 The legal form of a football club is not relevant to the issuance of the licence according to national statutes and law. the FIFA and AFC statutes as well as relevant regulations must also be taken into account (e. 4.2.1 AUTHORITY TO DEFINE LICENCE APPLICANTS 4. or AFC Club Licensing Regulations DEFINITION OF LICENCE APPLICANTS 35 . Once the licence applicant has been granted with a licence by the licensor it becomes a licensee. only the term licence applicant is used.3.2.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 4. the following provisions and in accordance with the national law.2. For the purpose of this chapter.2.3 4.1. 4.3.2 4. Furthermore. INTRODUCTION 4.3. which is member of the national association and/or its affiliated league.1.1 This chapter defines the legal entity that must apply for the licence and the licence to enter AFC club competitions.

3. which has a contractual relationship to a registered member (hereafter. 4.1. 36 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .7 below). the licensor must assess whether.6 and 4. in particular.5. In turn.2 Only a registered member or a company can apply for / receive a licence. as these obligations relate to the sporting. 9 and 10 respectively. personnel and administrative.1. that they have a written labour contract with either the registered member or the company (see Article 2 and 5 of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players). 4. 7.1. if professional players.3 The licence applicant is fully responsible for the participation in national and international football competitions as well as for the fulfilment of the club licensing criteria.3.b) any commercial entity according to national law and/or national association statutes. 4.1. personnel and administrative. legal and financial criteria set out under Chapters 6. c) that the licence applicant is fully responsible for the football team composed of registered players participating in national and international competitions. 8.1.3. infrastructure.3. b) that all the compensation paid to the players arising from contractual or legal obligations and all the revenues arising from gate receipts are accounted for in the books of either the registered member or the company. legal and financial information are required to be provided (cf.1. in respect of each licence applicant. responsible for ensuring the following:a) that all players are registered with the national association and/ or its affiliated league and.3. e) that the licensor is provided with information on the reporting entity/entities in respect of which sporting. 4. infrastructure. company). the selected reporting entity/entities is appropriate for club licensing purposes.3. 4.4 The licence applicant is. Natural persons may not apply for / receive a licence. d) that the licensor is provided with all necessary information and/or documents relevant to proving that the licensing obligations are fulfilled.

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h) The contract of assignment and any amendment to it shall be approved by the appropriate body of the national association to become valid. If the licence applicant is a company it must provide the licensor with the financial information of the company and the registered member (e.g. consolidated financial statements as if they were a single company). If the licence applicant has control on any subsidiary, then consolidated financial statements shall be prepared and submitted to the licensor as if the entities included in the consolidation (“the group”) were a single company. If the licence applicant is controlled by a parent, which may be controlled by another parent or which may have control over any other subsidiary or may exercise significant influence over any other associate, any transaction with the parent of the licence applicant or any parent or subsidiary or associate of such parent must be disclosed in the notes to the financial statements to draw attention to the possibility that its financial position and profit or loss may have been affected by the existence of related parties and by transactions and outstanding balances with such parties. In addition to the above-mentioned mandatory provisions, AFC recommends the following guidelines for national associations to define the licence applicant. In accordance with these guidelines, the licence applicant should:a) be based legally in the territory of the national association and play its home matches only in that territory. The national association may define exceptions, subject to the approval of FIFA and AFC; b) have the right to use the name and the brands of the club and not change the name of the club for advertising/promotional purposes; c) accept no clauses in contracts with television, sponsors or other commercial partners which could restrict the club in its freedom of decision or affect its management.

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4.4.1 PRINCIPLE 4.4.1.1 Licences must be issued according to the provisions of the accredited National Club Licensing Regulations. 4.4.1.2 The licensor must issue an invitation to the football clubs concerned to apply for a licence punctually and in writing. The club applying for a licence (i.e. licence applicant) must submit a written application to the licensor. In this application, the club must, in particular, declare that it will fulfil the obligations of the licensing system. 4.4.1.3 Only clubs which fulfil the criteria set out in the accredited National Club Licensing Regulations at the deadlines defined by AFC and which have qualified on the basis of their sporting results, may be granted with a licence by the national association to enter the AFC club competitions of the coming season. 4.4.1.4 A licence expires without prior notice:a) at the end of the season for which it was issued for; or b) on the dissolution of the division in question. 4.4.1.5 A licence may be withdrawn during a season by the national decision making bodies if:a) for any reason a licensee becomes insolvent and enters into liquidation during the season, as determined by the applicable national law (where a licensee becomes insolvent but enters administration during the season, for so long as the purpose of the administration is to rescue the club and its business, the licence should not be withdrawn); b) any of the conditions for the issuing of a licence are no longer satisfied; or c) the licensee violates any of its obligations under the National Club Licensing Regulations. 4.4.1.6 As soon as a licence withdrawal is envisaged the national association must inform AFC. 4.4.1.7 If a club has its licence withdrawn, a decision concerning the elimination of the club from the current AFC competition in question must be made by the AFC Judicial Bodies. 4.4.1.8 A licence cannot be transferred.

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4.5.1 PRINCIPLE 4.5.1.1 The licence applicant must further fulfill all the requirements according to the relevant AFC club competition regulations to be admitted to the AFC club competition. 4.5.1.2 The admission process falls under the sole jurisdiction of AFC and its competent bodies (Competitions Committee, etc.). 4.5.1.3 The competent bodies of AFC make the final decision regarding the admission of a club to participate in any AFC club competition. 4.5.1.4 Such decisions are subject to all the statutes-based jurisdiction of AFC including the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne as ordinary court of arbitration (Art 61 ff AFC Statutes).

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4.6.1 PRINCIPLE 4.6.1.1 If a club qualifies for an AFC competition based on its sporting results, but has not undergone at all a national licensing process or has undergone a licensing process which is lower/not equivalent to the one applicable for top division clubs because it belongs to a division other than the top division, the national association of the club concerned may - on behalf of such a club - request the extraordinary application of the club licensing system. 4.6.1.2 In practice, such a club could for example be the winner or the runnerup of the main domestic cup or league cup playing in a division other than the top division. 4.6.1.3 Based on such an extraordinary application, AFC may grant special permission to enter the corresponding AFC club competition, which only applies to that specific applicant and for the season in question.

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stating the name(s) of the club(s) concerned. 4.2. b) a recommendation by the licensor based on its executed assessment (incl. as well as the status of the club(s) in question. by September 30 at the latest. as soon as these are communicated by the AFC Administration. The licensor will assess the club(s) against the fixed minimum standards and forward the following documentation in English to AFC within the given deadline:a) a written request to apply for special permission to enter the corresponding AFC club competition.2.2.5 The club(s) concerned must provide the necessary documentary proof to the national association. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 41 .6.2. 4.2.2 PROCEDURE 4. 4. the dates and names of the persons having assessed the club(s)). The AFC Administration defines as well the necessary deadlines and forward these to the concerned national association. 4.6. d) any further document requested by AFC during the extraordinary procedure.2 The concerned national association must notify AFC of the possibility of such extraordinary application in writing. It also has to take immediate actions with the club(s) for the preparation of that procedure. to the club(s) concerned for the assessment for the extraordinary procedure at national level.6.4 The national association in question is responsible for submitting the criteria.3 The AFC Administration may then decide the minimum criteria for the club(s) concerned by taking into account the requirements of the applicable national club licensing regulations.1 The AFC General Secretary defines the minimum criteria for the extraordinary procedure and communicates these criteria to the national associations by February 28 of the year preceding the season to be licensed at the latest.6.6. c) all documentary evidence provided by the club(s) and the licensor.6.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 4.

and has to decide if this procedure shall immediately be terminated.2. without further decision.6.2.6.2. the national association has to notify the AFC administration immediately. 4.7 If a concerned club is sportingly eliminated during this extraordinary procedure.2. which has to forward it to its concerned club(s).6 4. Such a terminated procedure cannot be restarted at a later stage.7.6.2.6 The AFC Administration bases his decision on the received documentation and grants special permission to enter AFC club competitions if all the set criteria are fulfilled and if the club(s) ultimately qualifies on the basis of its sporting results. 2. The decision will be communicated to the national association. reference is to be made to points 2. 4.4.3.9 AFC reserves the right to execute spot-checks (cf.8 With regard to an appeal of such a decision.6.) 42 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .

the licensor defines the core process for the verification of the criteria described in this regulations (sporting criteria. c) ensuring that the decision on the granting of a club licence is made by an independent body (FIB and/or AB cf. 5.4 The core process must.1. 5.1.1 PRINCIPLE 5.1.1.1. personnel and administrative criteria.1. 5. INTRODUCTION AFC Club Licensing Regulations 43 .1.2. as a minimum. 3. include the following information (an example is provided in Appendix I) and be supported by a timetable (AFC recommends that the deadlines are fixed at the beginning of the season and be communicated to the licence applicants via circular letter):a) Submission of the licensing documentation to the licence applicants. b) Deadlines for submission and submission of the licensing documentation to the licensor in order to prove compliance with the licensing criteria. necessary for entering AFC club competitions. b) agreeing on the main requirements that the licensor has to comply with to issue the licence. infrastructure criteria.2 The core process shall start at the deadline defined by the licensor and shall end with the submission of the list of licensing decisions to the AFC Administration within the deadline communicated by AFC.1.).1 In its national club licensing regulations. d) ensuring that the decision-making bodies receive adequate support from the licensing administration of the licensor.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 5. 5.3 The core process is aimed at:a) helping the licensor in establishing an appropriate and efficient licensing process according to its needs and organisation.1.1 This chapter defines the assessment process (hereafter core process) of the club licensing system. legal criteria and financial criteria) and thus to control the issuance of a licence to a licence applicant. CORE PROCESS 5.

Communication of this deadline to the national associations is done by November 31 of the year preceding the season to be licensed at the latest.g. persons involved.5 The licensor must submit to AFC the list of licensed clubs within the deadline communicated by AFC.3).1.2.c) The procedure with regard to the assessment of the documentation by the licensing administration (e.1.7.6 The licensor shall ensure equal treatment between all licence applicants during the core process.). cf.2. etc.5. 5.2 and 3.. 3.1.1. d) Submission of the written representation letter to the licensor (cf.2. e) Assessment by the decision-making bodies in accordance to the procedure with regard to the decision making (cf. 10. 5. inspections.1). site visits. f) Submission of the list of licensing decisions to the AFC Administration. 3. 44 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .

• support football education and encourage non-football education of their youth players. BENEFITS FOR CLUBS AFC Club Licensing Regulations 45 . INTRODUCTION 6. They lack only experience. They also normally fit more easily and quickly into the first team squad since they have partly trained with them. clubs which have trained players under 23 and who are then transferred internationally receive financial compensation. • apply fair play on and off the pitch (including a common understanding of refereeing matters among all those involved in a match such as referees.2 The objectives of the sporting criteria are that licence applicants:• invest in quality-driven youth development programmes. coaches and officials). SPORTING CRITERIA 6. Clubs will thus receive a return on their investment if they train young players.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 6. Programmes for improving relations and respect between coaches. players and referees support the idea of fair play on and off the pitch. In light of the FIFA transfer system. OBJECTIVES 6. Therefore. know their tactics and speak the same language. players.3 The first and main advantage of the sporting criteria is to “produce” football talents for the club’s first squad every year.1 For the future of football it is absolutely necessary to have a broad basis of footballers available who have the necessary skills and motivation to become professional players. officials. The image of the players and clubs will improve and on the other hand fines for disciplinary sanctions could be reduced. it is important to foster youth development programmes and to attract into football more and better-educated boys and girls who not only play the game but are also supporters. • foster medical care of their youth players.

players or local community etc.). others). bodies involved. g) Education programme on the “Laws of the game”. This education programme must include at least the following:a) Objectives and youth development philosophy.). youth teams etc. contribution by licence applicant.1 “A” CRITERIA No. d) Infrastructure available for youth sector (training and match facilities. j) Validity of the programme (at least 3 years but maximum 7 years).4. c) Personnel (technical. S. f) Football education programme for the different age groups (playing skills. medical and administrative etc.6.) and required minimum qualifications. relation to licence applicant. h) Medical support for youth players (incl. technical. b) Organisation of youth sector (organisational chart. medical checks).4 6. The youth development programme must further show the commitment and support of the licence applicant for mandatory and complementary school education of youth players through the introduction of the following mandatory provisions:- CRITERIA 46 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .01 Grade Description A APPROVED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The licence applicant must have a written youth development programme approved by the licensor. i) Review and feedback process to evaluate the results and the achievements of the set objectives. e) Financial resources (available budget. tactical and physical).

No. S. regional or local level. The youth teams in the above age ranges litera a) and litera b) must take part in official competitions or programmes recognised by the national association and played on national. c) at least one team below the age of 10. No mandatory registration of these players is required. b) the licence applicant ensures that every youth player involved in this youth development programme is not prevented from continuing his non-football education (complimentary school education or profession). Each youth player of those teams must be registered either on national and/or on regional level. youth gatherings on local level etc. There is no obligation for the youth teams in children football (litera c above) to take part in official competitions. For these teams suitable events should be organised (mini-tournaments.AFC Club Licensing Regulations The youth development programme must further show the commitment and support of the licence applicant for mandatory and complementary school education of youth players through the introduction of the following mandatory provisions:a) the licence applicant ensures that every youth player involved in its youth development programme has the possibility to follow the mandatory school education according to national law. b) at least one youth team within the age range of 10 to 14.02 Grade Description A YOUTH TEAMS The licence applicant must at least have the following youth teams within its legal entity or affiliated to its legal entity:a) at least two youth teams within the age range of 15 to 21. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 47 .) in order to provide fun and give them the opportunity to gain experience playing with other children teams.

AFC and National Association’s instructions.06 Grade Description C RACIAL EQUALITY PRACTICE It is recommended that the licence applicant establishes a policy to tackle racism in football.4. including a cardiovascular screening. S. 48 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .3 “C” CRITERIA No.4. the head coach or the assistant coach of the first squad have attended a session or an event for refereeing matters provided by the national association or with its collaboration during the year prior to the season to be licensed. S.05 Grade Description B REFEREEING MATTERS AND LAWS OF THE GAME The licence applicant must prove that at least the captain or his replacement. No. S. S. 6. 6.03 Grade Description A MEDICAL CARE OF PLAYERS The licence applicant must ensure that all its players eligible to play for its first squad undergo a yearly medical examination.No.04 Grade Description A WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS All licence applicants’ professional players must have a written contract with the licence applicant in accordance with the relevant provisions of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players and shall incorporate all key provisions required by the national law and FIFA.2 “B” CRITERIA No. The criterion is fulfilled if those persons have attended the session or event.

OBJECTIVES AFC Club Licensing Regulations 49 . which includes all minimum standards as “must-requirements” in one single document. FIFA book for Football Stadiums – Technical Recommendations and Requirements. Based on these experiences. reference is made to the “AFC Stadia Regulation for AFC Champions League / AFC Cup”. guidelines and directives refer to criteria with regard to the stadium and to the related safety and security (Laws of the Game. well appointed and safe and comfortable stadia. • licence applicants have suitable training facilities for their players to help them improve their technical skills. Because the infrastructure criteria should be seen as long-term investments. INFRASTRUCTURE CRITERIA 7. Therefore.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 7.2 The objectives of the following infrastructure criteria are that:• licence applicants have an “approved” stadium available for playing AFC club competitions matches which provide spectators and media and press representatives with well equipped. Specific to the AFC Club Competitions. several recommendations have been introduced which must be taken into consideration if a stadium is to be built or renovated in the short term (one to three years).1 Several regulations. AFC competition regulations. These recommendations will probably be essential requirements for stadiums one day. INTRODUCTION 7. AFC Stadia Regulations. it would be appreciated if the recommendations were either already incorporated into the stadium planning or stadium adaptations began right away in order to improve quality standards on a voluntary basis. The national law also needs to be taken into consideration when establishing the stadium and security requirements. AFC decided to streamline the infrastructure approach for AFC competitions by creating a specific “AFC Stadia Regulation”.

4 7. provides communication installations (loudspeakers and a video screen) and. which helps to finance investments in stadium facilities. A match between two football teams is no longer enough to bring people into a football stadium to watch a match live. This contract must guarantee the use of the stadium for the AFC home matches for the coming season. I. clean hospitality facilities and shops. BENEFITS FOR CLUBS 7. or b) can provide a written contract with the owner(s) of the stadium or with owners of different stadia it will use. Therefore. The licence applicant either:a) owns the stadium. the comfort of a stadium is an important element in terms of having a large crowd to support the teams on the pitch. Finally. together with the stadium owner and the local community. easily accessible by car (including parking facilities) and/or public transport.1 “A” CRITERIA No.3 It is appreciated that nowadays people only follow events that are attractive. is equipped with hygienic and spacious toilets for both sexes. safe and secure. has comfortable seats with a close view of the pitch. for which the licence applicant qualifies in sporting terms.01 Grade Description A APPROVED STADIUMS FOR AFC CLUB COMPETITIONS The licence applicant must have a stadium available to play AFC club competitions. each club.4. Higher quality standards and better facilities create more business opportunities and therefore more income for the owner and/or the club. entertaining and are worth spending a certain amount of money on. CRITERIA 50 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . has also seats and toilets for disabled spectators. should try to provide a stadium that is attractive to visit.7.

I. the local hospital. fire brigade. The certificate must provide at least the following information:a) Safety status of the stadium structure and measures for improvement. etc.g. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 51 . crowd dispersal strategy. b) Compliance statement regarding the safety/security regulations of the competent civil authority (reference I. medical service. the licensor shall establish the content of the stadium certificate and the procedure in close cooperation with the appropriate body/bodies (e. terraces and total number). police. d) Safety and security strategy.06). loss of power supply. Art. measures taken in case of fire. This must cover all aspects of the organisation of a football match.02 Grade Description A STADIUM – CERTIFICATION (cf. such as ticketing distribution system. local security authorities. If such law does not exist. c) Approval of the entire stadium capacity (individual seats. AFC Stadia Regulations for ACL/AFC Cup) The stadium must be certified. 1. No.AFC Club Licensing Regulations The stadia must also meet the requirement expressly referred to by specific regulations governing the use of a stadia in a club competition to be played under the auspices of AFC. The stadium must be approved by the national association. screening of spectators. The certification is defined according to national/local law and must include provisions related to safety and an evacuation plan. or any other emergency. The certificate issued by the appropriate body must not be older than two years at the beginning of the new AFC club competition season (1st qualification match).). segregation strategy. Furthermore it must be based within the territory of the national association.

I. those of the licensor. local authorities for security and health). size and location of the first-aid room(s) in consultation with the appropriate civil body (e.No.04 Grade Description A STADIUM – SPECTATOR AREAS (cf. Art. No.g. in consultation with the appropriate civil body (e. No. 29 of the AFC Stadia Regulations for ACL/AFC Cup) Each stand within the stadium must be capable of being divided into separate sectors according to the requirements of the local security authorities or. 52 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . The provisions shall specify at least:a) the definition of the size of the control room. or the licensor fixes the exact number. This must be done according to the local authority regulations.05 Grade Description A STADIUM – FIRST AID ROOMS (cf. Art. b) its configuration c) its furnishings d) and the technical equipment (e. I.03 Grade Description A STADIUM – CONTROL ROOM (cf. local police).g. if no such requirements exist. 38 of the AFC Stadia Regulations for ACL/AFC Cup) Each stadium must have a control room which ensures an overall view of the inside of the stadium in accordance with the provisions of the applicable law or according to the requirements of the licensor.g. 36 of the AFC Stadia Regulations for ACL/AFC Cup) Each stadium must be equipped with first-aid room(s) to care for spectators in need of medical assistance. I. central telephone Switchboard) of the control room. Art.

stairs. are kept free of any obstructions that could impede the free flow of spectators during an event. corridors. c) Have bright lighting.04). c) Clubs must establish procedures so that all public passageways. blankets. the licensor defines at least the following provisions:a) All parts of the stadium and its stands. as must all gates leading from the spectator areas into the playing area. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 53 . No. stairways. including entrances. etc. the following provisions may build an integrated part of the stadium certificate. b) All public passageways and stairways in the spectator areas must be painted in a bright colour (e. I. hot and cold water. passages. doors.AFC Club Licensing Regulations In general terms. doors. must comply with the safety standards (reference I. roofs. f) Have storage space for stretchers. gates. exits. yellow). h) Be clearly signposted throughout the inside and outside of the stadium. and all exit doors and gates leading out of the stadium. If no such law exists.06 Grade Description A STADIUM – SAFETY In accordance with the national law. all public and private areas and rooms. drinking water and toilet facilities for men and women. etc. b) Have doors and passageways leading to them which are wide enough to allow access for a stretcher or a wheelchair. the licensor may take account of the following recommendations:a) The first-aid rooms must be located in a position which allows easy access from both inside and outside the stadium to spectators and emergency vehicles. g) Have a telephone allowing internal and external communication.g. e) Have a glass cabinet for medicine. good ventilation. electric sockets. d) Have walls and floors (non-slip) constructed of smooth and easy to clean material. heating. air conditioning. pillows and firstaid materials.

07 Grade Description A STADIUM – APPROVED EVACUATION PLAN The appropriate body (e. safety and security authority. Each and every such door and gate must be attended at all times by a specially appointed steward. If such law does not exist.g. the stadium should be equipped with the appropriate safety devices. etc. the local hospital. In order to prevent illegal entry or intrusion. must open outwards away from the spectators. in close co-operation with the appropriate civil body (e. which may be operated simply and quickly by anyone from within.g.) approves the evacuation plan which ensures that the whole stadium can be emptied in a case of emergency according to the applicable national law. Under no circumstances must they be locked with a key during the time that spectators are in the stadium. 54 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . competent civil authority or other qualified and approved firms.d) All exit doors and gates in the stadium. the licensor establishes the content of the evacuation plan. including an evacuation time and the approval body. e) In order to protect those on the field or in other parts of the stadium from lightning strikes. to guard against abuse and ensure immediate escape routes in the event of any emergency evacuation.). and must remain unlocked while spectators are in the stadium. I. etc. local security authorities. police. and all gates leading from the spectator areas into the playing area. these doors and gates may be fitted with a locking device. f) It is essential that event holders and stadium safety/security authorities are capable of communicating with spectators inside and outside the stadium by means of a sufficiently powerful and reliable public address system (loudspeakers) and/or by a scoreboard and/or a video screen. fire brigade. No.

03). I. As a minimum. c) the dressing rooms. for all teams which participate in a championship approved by the national/regional association (cf.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No. the licensor must define the minimum number and size of:a) outdoor training facilities.08 Grade Description A TRAINING FACILITIES – AVAILABILITY The licence applicant must have training facilities available throughout the year. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 55 . 6). I. b) indoor training facilities. I.09 Grade Description B TRAINING FACILITIES FOR YOUTH APPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME – The licence applicant must have available training facilities which comply with the requirements set by the licensor taking into account the approved youth development programme (cf.4.2 “B” CRITERIA No. for which the licence applicant qualifies in sporting terms. or b) can provide a written contract with the owner(s) of the training facilities This contract must guarantee the use of the training facilities for the coming season. 7. The licence applicant either:a) owns the training facilities. d) the medical room(s).

56 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . clean and hygienic and a procedure should be established to maintain that condition throughout each event. • abandonment or postponement of events.. use of foul or abusive language. etc.No. They must be bright. AFC recommends for every 1.000 spectators. These amenities must include washing facilities with at least cold water and a plentiful supply of towels and/or hand dryers. banners. I. • restrictions with regard to alcohol.10 Grade Description B STADIUM – GROUND RULES Each stadium must issue stadium ground rules and affix them to the stadium in such a way that the spectators can read them. • description of prohibitions and penalties. • causes for ejection from the ground. • Eight urinals. I.. etc. and • Five toilets with seats for women. • risk analysis specific to the stadium. • seating rules. racist behaviour. fireworks. throwing objects. These rules must provide information on at least the following:• admission rights. No. such as entering • the field of play.11 Grade Description B STADIUM – SANITARY FACILITIES Each stand must provide sufficient toilet facilities for both sexes in accordance with the local authority regulations or the licensor’s Requirements. a minimum of:• Five toilets with seats for men.

I. No. Information on the tickets must correlate with the signpost information provided. Tickets must clearly identify the location of the seats for which they have been issued. Clear. comprehensive signposting must be provided at the stadium approaches and around. I. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 57 . AFC recommends that one third of the individual seat capacity be covered especially the grandstand and the press box. and retained ticket stubs must contain information which will guide spectators once they are inside. both inside and outside the stadium.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No.14 Grade Description C STADIUM – SPECTATOR WITH DISABILITIES The licensor shall set up requirements to accommodate disabled spectators and accompanying persons safely and comfortably.4. 7. Large-scale wall maps must be provided for the guidance of spectators. I.13 Grade Description C STADIUM – SIGNPOSTING AND DIRECTIONS All public direction signs inside and outside the stadium must be presented in internationally understandable pictographic language. Colour coding of tickets will assist the entry process.12 Grade Description B STADIUM – COVERED SEATS The licensor shall determine the minimum number of individual seats which must be covered.3 “C” CRITERIA No. and throughout the stadium to point the way to the different sectors.

gate receipts.8. the local community and. media. They can share their knowledge and experience with today’s football clubs. the suppliers. entertainment.2 The objectives of the personnel and administrative criteria are that:• licence applicants are managed in a professional way. professional support should be sought from specialists from various economic fields and industries (e. football clubs need advice from other professionals. Football clubs should look for new and different sources of revenue in addition to the existing ones (TV.1 Nowadays a football club is not only a sports club but is also in contact with other parties. the shareholders of the football club are more and more involved and interested in the development and results of a football club. qualified and skilled specialists with a certain know-how and experience. 58 AFC Club Licensing Regulations OBJECTIVES . Therefore. to better satisfy the needs and demands of those participants and stakeholders of football who must be treated as clients. Clubs have to strengthen the profitability in the long term. experienced. PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATIVE CRITERIA 8. The members. etc. the commercial partners. INTRODUCTION 8. the sponsors. the media. marketing. well educated and innovative people who can bring different skills and know-how into the club and help to satisfy the additional needs and demands of today’s football. the supporters. Football clubs already operate in a competitive environment on the sporting side but they are increasingly becoming involved in an economic competition. • the players of the first and other teams are trained by qualified coaches and supported by the necessary medical staff. in some cases already.). In this respect. • licence applicants have available well-educated. sponsors) in order to be more independent of the income from the sporting success of the club and to have greater possibilities of functioning as a financially successful entity. finance.g.

IT-skills. etc. language skills. licence applicants need the support of the national association to establish a coach education programme. who meet the set requirements and to engage those candidates that comply with the defined profile (e. human competences. Being professional at all levels and in all functions does not mean that licence applicants have to recruit only full-time staff. In collaboration with the national associations. To improve the football skills of your youth teams as well as your first team squad in all aspects (technically.and AFC B. The focus is on the professional manner in which the persons appointed perform their duties. Other skills (e. which include the main activities. 59 BENEFITS FOR CLUBS AFC Club Licensing Regulations . media training. social skills. full-time.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 8. Each youth player who dreams of becoming a professional footballer is entitled to the best qualified coaches from the youngest age. football know-how).3 Professional. the main responsibilities (technical. and every club could or should be able to afford these functions in financial terms.g.g. This is not only desirable but is a must. The professionalism will also be improved if clubs are defining clear profiles for these functions. Each criterion in this chapter is really important for the smooth and successful running of the club. In order to achieve this objective.and AFC C. working experience. AFC A. It is up to the decision-making body of the licence applicant to look for people. The AFC Pro-. financial and decision power. if applicable) and the requirements for the job (education. AFC has implemented the AFC Coach Education system throughout Asia which standardizes the delivery and quality of coach education. Qualified coaches are the basis for high quality of education within the football teams. language skills and others incl.) are necessary and must be achieved through specific training organised by the national association with a view to issuing a licence for coaches. trained and qualified coaches are needed. psychological training. well-educated and experienced staff is of key importance to run a football club in an efficient and effective manner. tactically and physically).certificates / licenses offer “free movement of coaches” within AFC member associations. part-time. volunteer). technical know-how.

The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body (e.02 Grade Description A GENERAL MANAGER The licence applicant must have appointed a General Manager being responsible for running its daily business (operative matters). No. P. fax and email must be available. It must also ensure that its office is open to communicate with the licensor and the public.Additional administrative support from specialists in safety and security matters will then ensure that matches are organised as safe events. P.01 Grade Description A CLUB SECRETARIAT The licence applicant must have available office space to run its administration. P. The licence applicant must have appointed the appropriate number of skilled secretarial staff according to its needs to run its daily business. The required surface of the office(s) and the required technical minimum infrastructure including phone. CRITERIA 60 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . 8. Executive Board) of the licence applicant.g.4. No.03 Grade Description A FINANCE OFFICER The licence applicant must have appointed a Finance Officer being responsible for its financial matters who can be either a person working in the club’s administration or an external partner mandated by the club through a written contract.1 “A” CRITERIA No.4 8.

or. or. No.AFC Club Licensing Regulations The Finance Officer must hold as a minimum one of the following qualifications:a) a diploma of certified public accountant. or c) a “recognition of competence” issued by the licensor based on its financial background and a practical experience in financial matters of at least 3 years’. which is based on the participation in specific safety and security course of the national association and at least one year experience in such matters. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant.04 Grade Description A SECURITY OFFICER The licence applicant must have appointed a Security Officer being responsible for safety and security matters. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 61 . or b) a diploma of qualified auditor. b) a safety and security diploma based on a specific course issued by the national association or by a state recognised organisation. P. The Security Officer must hold as a minimum one of the following qualifications:a) a certificate as policeman or security person according to national law. c) a “recognition of competence” approved by the national association. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant.

b) concluded a media officer education course provided by the national association or an organisation recognised by the national association. P.06 Grade Description A MEDICAL DOCTOR The licence applicant must have appointed at least one doctor being responsible for the medical support and advice for the first squad as well as for doping prevention policy.05 Grade Description A MEDIA OFFICER The licence applicant must have appointed a Media Officer being responsible for media matters. which requires at least one year experience in such matters. The Medical Doctor must possess medical qualifications [MD/ MBBS degree from Medical University/ Medical College (minimum 5 year program)] and must be duly registered with the Mdical Board / Medical Council in the Member Country as well as with the national association or league. He must ensure medical support during matches and training. No. P. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. The Media Officer must hold as a minimum one of the following qualifications:a) diploma in journalism education.No. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. c) a “recognition of competence” approved by the national association. 62 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .

P. P. allowing him to achieve the required diploma as defined under a) above. No. The simple inscription to such an education course is not deemed to be in compliance with the criterion (Alternative 2 according to the table in the Manual). the licensor must define which alternative applies by taking into account the status of implementation of the AFC Coach Education programme). The physiotherapist must possess a Degree in Physiotherapy from University / College (3 year degree program).07 Grade Description A PHYSIOTHERAPIST The licence applicant must have appointed at least one physiotherapist being responsible for medical treatment and massages for the first squad during the trainings and matches. The Head Coach must:a) hold at least a valid AFC ‘A’ Certificate or any valid foreign coaching diploma which is equivalent to this one and recognized by AFC as such (Alternative 1 according to table in the Manual. The appointment is done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant.08 Grade Description A HEAD COACH OF FIRST SQUAD The licence applicant must have appointed a Head Coach being responsible for football matters of the first squad. The physiotherapist must be duly registered with national association or league. recognized by the national association. or AFC Club Licensing Regulations 63 . The physiotherapist must be recognised and certified by the appropriate national health authorities and/or registered with physiotherapy board/ council in member country.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No. or b) already have started the required education course.

The Head coach must be duly registered with the national association or league. allowing him to achieve the required diploma as defined under a) above. recognized by the national association.c) hold a “recognition of competence” issued by AFC. The assistant coach must be duly registered with national association or league. or 2 according to table in the Manual. No. The appointment of the head coach must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. 64 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .09 Grade Description A ASSISTANT COACH OF FIRST SQUAD The licence applicant must have appointed an assistant coach assisting the head coach in all football matters of the first squad. The simple inscription to such an education course is not deemed to be in compliance with the criterion (Alternative 3 according to the table in the Manual). A “recognition of competence” is provided by AFC in cases where the Head Coach of the first squad does not meet the required certificate as defined under a) and b) above but has been a head coach at professional level or national team in the last five years preceding his application/appointment as head coach. P. the licensor must define which alternative applies by taking into account the status of implementation of the AFC Coach Education programme b) already have started the required education course. The assistant coach must:a) hold at least a valid AFC ‘B’ Certificate or any valid foreign coaching diploma which is equivalent to this one and recognized by AFC as such (Alternative 1.

He must be duly registered with national association or league.11 Grade Description A YOUTH COACHES The licence applicant must have appointed at least one coach responsible for all football matters for each mandatory youth team (cf. the licensor must define which alternative applies by taking into account the status of implementation of the AFC Coach Education programme). S. The Head of the youth development programme must:a) hold at least a valid AFC ‘A’ Certificate or any valid foreign coaching diploma which is equivalent to this one and recognized by AFC as such (Alternative 1 or 2 according to table in the Manual. b) already have started the required education course. The appointment of the Head of the youth development must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. P. allowing him to achieve the required diploma as defined under a) above.02). The youth coach must hold the minimum qualification as defined by the licensor. No.10 Grade Description A HEAD OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The licence applicant must have appointed a head of the youth development programme being responsible for running the daily business and the technical aspects of the youth sector. recognized by the national association. The appointment must have been done by the appropriate body of the licence applicant. P. The simple inscription to such an education course is not deemed to be in compliance with the criterion (Alternative 3 according to the table in the Manual). The Head of the youth development must be duly registered with the national association or league.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 65 .

66 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . The compliance with this criterion shall be assessed by the licensor in respect of the next licensing cycle.2 “B” CRITERIA No. or c) conclude a written contract with an external security company providing stewards.12 must be defined in writing.4. No.STEWARDING The licence applicant must have established a safety and security organisation for home matches through the engagement of stewards.01 to P. it must:a) employ the stewards. must be notified to the licensor within the fixed deadline (see AFC comment in the Manual).12.12 Grade Description A SAFETY AND SECURITY ORGANISATION . 8.14 Grade Description B DUTY TO NOTIFY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES Any event occurring after the submission of the licensing documentation to the licensor representing a significant change compared to the information previously submitted and related to criteria P.No. P.01 to P.13 Grade Description B RIGHTS AND DUTIES The rights and duties of the licence applicant’s staff members defined in P. For this purpose. P. P. The licence applicant must provide appropriately qualified stewards (internal or external). or b) conclude a written contract with the stadium owner providing the stewards.

release of head coach) then the licence applicant must ensure that such function is taken over by:a) a person who holds the necessary qualification and fulfilling the criterion (in which case the replacement may be for an indefinite period of time). AFC Club Licensing Regulations 67 . b) a person who does not hold the necessary qualification and does not fulfill the criterion (in which case the replacement is only temporarily and cannot last longer than until the end of the licensing season). P.g.15 Grade Description B DUTY OF REPLACEMENT DURING THE LICENSING SEASON If a function defined in criteria P.) then the licence applicant must ensure that such function is taken over by:a) a person who holds the necessary qualification and fulfilling the criterion (in which case the replacement may be for an indefinite period of time). etc.12 becomes vacant due to a decision of the licence applicant (e. The compliance with this criterion shall be assessed by the licensor in respect of the next licensing cycle.11 becomes vacant during the licensing season due to a reason beyond the control of the licence applicant (illness.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No. accident.01 to P. The replacement must be notified to the national association within 7 working days.01 to P. If a function in criteria P.

L.1 9. c) it recognizes the prohibition on recourse to ordinary courts under the FIFA and AFC Statutes. LEGAL CRITERIA 9. it will play in competitions that are recognised and endorsed by the national association (e. h) it authorises the competent club licensing authority to examine documents and seek information and. g) all submitted documents are complete and correct. To avoid any doubt. f) it undertakes to abide by and observe the provisions and conditions of the National Club Licensing Regulations.9.2 This chapter defines the minimum legal criteria for licence applicants. in the event of any appeal procedure. rules and regulations and decisions of FIFA.g. d) at national level. the national association and. this provision does not relate to friendly matches. national championship. AFC. e) at continental level.2. if they exist. 68 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . to seek information from any relevant public authority or private body according to national law.01 Grade Description A DECLARATION IN RESPECT OF THE PARTICIPATION IN AFC CLUB COMPETITIONS The licence applicant must submit a legally valid declaration confirming the following:a) it recognises as legally binding the statutes. INTRODUCTION CRITERIA 9.1 “A” CRITERIA No. b) it recognizes the exclusive jurisdiction of CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne) for any dispute of international dimension and in particular involving FIFA and/or AFC. of the national league. it will participate in competitions recognised and endorsed by AFC. national cup).

AFC Club Licensing Regulations 69 . legal form.14.02 Grade Description A OTHER DOCUMENTS AND CONFIRMATIONS FROM THE LICENCE APPLICANT The licence applicant must submit the following documents:a) Copy of the licence applicant’s current company articles (e. P.AFC Club Licensing Regulations i) it acknowledges that AFC reserves the right to execute spotchecks at national level reviewing the assessment process and the decision making. P.g.g. j) it acknowledges that FIFA reserves the right to execute spotchecks at national level to review the assessment process and the decision making in case AFC fails to implement and execute a sport check procedure at national level. F. L. address. trade register) containing information on the license applicant (such as name.07) within the fixed deadlines (cf. event or condition of major economic importance and subsequent event occurred after the submission of the licensing documentation (cf. No. k) it will inform the licensor about any significant change. b) An extract from a public register (e.05 and F. This declaration must be executed by an authorised signatory no more than three months prior to the corresponding deadline for its submission to the licensor. company act).14 see AFC comments). list of authorized signatories and type of required signature) These documents must be executed by an authorised signatory no more than three months prior to the corresponding deadline for their submission to the licensor.

No. b) holds a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights of any other club participating in the same competition.03 Grade Description A OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF CLUBS The licence applicant must submit a legally valid declaration outlining the ownership structure and control mechanism of the club. c) has the right to appoint or remove a majority of the members of the administrative. This declaration must be executed by an authorized signatory no more than three months prior to the corresponding deadline for its submission to the licensor. management or supervisory body of any other club participating in the same competition. No natural or legal person involved in the management. administration and/or sporting performance of the club. d) is a shareholder and alone controls a majority of the shareholders’ voting rights of any other club participating in the same competition pursuant to an agreement entered into with other shareholders of the club in question. h) administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in the same club competition. L. either directly or indirectly:a) holds or deals in the securities or shares of any other club participating in the same competition. e) is a member of any other club participating in the same competition. f) is involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management. g) has any power whatsoever over the management. administration and/or sporting performance of any other club participating in the same competition. 70 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .

L. L.2. rules and regulations under which the infringement of club rules.3 “C” CRITERIA No. AFC and National Association Statutes. Rules and Regulations. No.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 9.04 Grade Description B DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE WITHIN THE CLUB The licence applicant must submit a legally valid Disciplinary regulation of the club which shall comply with the national law and FIFA. L.2. AFC and National Association statutes. regulations and decisions shall be prosecuted and sanctions shall be applied in accordance with a legally established proceeding and by competent body of the club.2 “B” CRITERIA No. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 71 .06 Grade Description C LEGAL OFFICER It is recommended that the licence applicant appoint a legal person (full time or part time) who is responsible to handle all legal matters in the licence applicant’s activities.05 Grade Description C CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS It is recommended that the licence applicant establishes a legally valid code of conduct for players and officials which is in compliance with the national law and FIFA. The legal advisor shall have the necessary legal qualifications. 9.

economic and legal circumstances and due to different countries having in mind different users of financial statements when setting national requirements. The financial criteria . To facilitate the implementation of the financial criteria. and • Monitor financial fair play in AFC club competitions. • Place the necessary importance on the protection of creditors. • Safeguard the continuity of international competitions for one season. The preparation and presentation of financial statements by entities differs from country to country due to a variety of social. licensors) are encouraged to try to implement the requirements of this revised version of chapter 10 at an earlier date so as to be in effect before the 2013 season.e. historic financial information may continue to be prepared on the basis of national accounting practice requirements. • Future financial information about a club’s future prospects. Member associations or their affiliated leagues (i. 72 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . AFC recognises that the implementation of the financial criteria in the national regulations presents a challenging task for many member associations and clubs.10.2 OBJECTIVES The financial criteria aim principally to:• Improve the economic and financial capability of the clubs. This means that financial information in respect of the financial year ending in 2011 will form part of the information to be assessed by licensors for clubs to obtain a licence for the 2013 season.to be met for participation in the 2013 AFC season . FINANCIAL CRITERIA 10. and • Subsequent information after the licensing decision has been made.1 INTRODUCTION The financial criteria relate to: • Historic financial information about a club’s financial performance and position.are set out in this chapter. 10. • Increase clubs’ transparency and credibility.

3 BENEFITS Implementation of the financial criteria will help deliver both short and long term improvements for clubs. 10. and • Provide the basis for fair competition. For the clubs. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 73 . • Improve confidence in the probity of the football industry. because competition is not just about the teams on-the-pitch. • Increase the transparency and credibility of clubs’ financial operations and. and • Provide a starting point for club benchmarking. For the licensors. the financial criteria should help to:• Safeguard the continuity and integrity of competitions. of Asian football generally.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 10. • Enhance clubs’ financial and business credibility with stakeholders. thereby. • Improve financial stability. please refer to Chapter 6 of the AFC Club Licensing Manual. for those licensors and clubs who want to develop this aspect. and • Enhance revenue generating ability and cost management. • Create a more attractive market for the game’s commercial partners and investors. • Encourage clubs to settle liabilities to creditors on a timely basis. For the football family in general. the licensors and for the football family in general. • Enable better management decision-making.4 REPORTING PERIOD AND FORMAT For further information on mandatory reporting period and minimum requirement on the format of reporting and accounting as well as detailed explanation of each of the criteria below. the financial criteria should help to:• Improve their understanding of the financial position and prospects of their member clubs. at a national level. • Enhance their ability to be proactive in assisting clubs with financial issues. the financial criteria should help to:• Improve standards and quality of financial management and planning activities.

No.01 Grade Description A ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS . the following minimum criteria are met. then supplementary information must be prepared by the licence applicant and assessed by the auditor. F. annual financial statements based on the local legislation for incorporated companies shall be prepared and audited by independent auditors.10. Alternative 2: If the audited annual financial statements do not meet the minimum disclosure requirements and accounting principles defined by this manual. Alternative 1: If the audited annual financial statements meet the minimum disclosure requirements and accounting principles defined by this manual. in respect of the clubs which qualify for AFC club competitions. then no further supplementary information has to be provided. The annual financial statements shall meet the minimum disclosure requirements and accounting principles defined by this manual. the licensor may develop additional criteria.5 CRITERIA 10.5. 74 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . information requirements and assessment procedures.AUDITED Regardless of the legal structure of the licence applicant.1 HISTORIC FINANCIAL INFORMATION Every licensor has to ensure that. For implementation within the national club licensing regulations.

It is advised that the interim financial statements meet the minimum disclosure requirements and accounting principles defined by the Manual. then the licence applicant is encouraged to submit and prepare additional financial statements covering the interim period. deferred by mutual agreement with the creditor or are subject to a not obviously unfounded dispute submitted to a competent authority. they should cover the interim period up to a date within six months preceding the deadline for submission of the list of licensed clubs to AFC and must be reviewed by independent auditors. unless by the following 31 March they have been fully settled.AFC Club Licensing Regulations No. the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and the Court of Arbitration for Sport) towards football clubs arising from transfer activities as at 31 December of the year preceding the season to be licensed. If the financial statements for the interim period are prepared and submitted.02 Grade Description C FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE INTERIM PERIOD – REVIEWED If the statutory closing date of the licence applicant is more than six months before the deadline for submission of the list of licensed clubs to AFC. No. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 75 .03 Grade Description A NO PAYABLES OVERDUE TOWARDS FOOTBALL CLUBS ARISING FROM TRANSFER ACTIVITIES The licence applicant must prove that it has no payables overdue (e. F.g. final and binding decisions of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee. F.

it has no payables overdue towards employees and social/tax authorities as at 31 December of the year preceding the season to be licensed. the general manager (P.05 Grade Description A WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS PRIOR TO THE LICENSING DECISION Within seven days prior to the start of the period in which the licensing decision is to be made by the First Instance Body. the licence applicant must make written representations to the licensor.10) and the youth coaches (P. The written representations shall state whether or not any events or conditions of major economic importance have occurred. list exhaustive). the head coach of first-team squad (P. unless by the following 31 March they have been fully settled.05).04).06).03). the finance officer (P.11). No. deferred by mutual agreement with the creditor or are subject to a not obviously unfounded dispute submitted to a competent authority.No. F. in respect of contractual and legal obligations with its current and former employees (including all professional players according to the applicable FIFA Regulations on Status and Transfer of Players.04 Grade Description A NO PAYABLES OVERDUE TOWARDS EMPLOYEES AND SOCIAL / TAX AUTHORITIES The licence applicant must prove that. the physiotherapist (P. the head of youth development (P. the assistant coach of first-team squad (P. the doctor (P.02). that may have an adverse impact on the licence applicant’s financial position since the balance sheet date of the preceding audited annual financial statements or reviewed interim financial statements (if applicable).08). F. 76 AFC Club Licensing Regulations .09). the security officer (P.

F. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 77 . but not a licence refusal.5.06 Grade A/B cf.3 SUBSEQUENT INFORMATION Criteria F. consisting of: a) A budgeted profit and loss account. Both criteria will help to safeguard the continuity of the competitions and will provide the licensor with more transparency and possibility to better assist the clubs during the whole season. Criterion F. Criterion F. Note Description FUTURE FINANCIAL INFORMATION Future financial information shall be prepared and submitted by the licence applicant.07 and F. 10. then the licensor does not have to undertake more detailed assessment procedures and.5. the licence applicant may be subject to a sanction. b) A budgeted cash flow. The future financial information shall be based on assumptions that are not unreasonable and meet the minimum disclosure requirements defined by this manual.07 (Duty to notify subsequent events) applies to all licensees.2 FUTURE FINANCIAL INFORMATION No. Note: If the licence applicant exhibits a breach of any of the indicators. If the licence applicant does not exhibit a breach of any indicators.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 10. and c) Explanatory notes including assumptions and risks and comparison of budget to actual figures. in certain circumstances. in certain circumstances. this may provide the basis for a licence refusal.08 (Duty to update future financial information) only applies to those licensees who exhibited a breach of one or more of the indicators.08 apply to licensees in the time after the licensing decision. then the licensor must undertake more detailed assessment procedures upon the submitted future financial information and.

78 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . F. as a minimum.5 of the AFC Club Licensing Manual). No. F.08 Grade Description B DUTY TO UPDATE FUTURE FINANCIAL INFORMATION If the licensee is in breach of one or more of the indicators (cf. In addition. on a six-month basis. 6. Compliance with this criterion shall be assessed by the licensor in respect of the following licensing cycle. The updated version of the future financial information must be prepared.06). then the licensee must prepare and submit an updated version of the future financial information (prepared according to F. the licensee must promptly notify the licensor in writing about any subsequent events that may cast significant doubt upon the licensee’s ability to continue as a going concern until at least the end of the season for which the licence has been granted.07 Grade Description B DUTY TO NOTIFY SUBSEQUENT EVENTS Following the licensing decision by the decision-making body.7. Compliance with this criterion shall be assessed by the licensor in respect of the following licensing cycle. the prepared information shall include a comparison of budget to actual figures including explanations of variances.No. The updated future financial information shall meet the minimum disclosure requirements defined by this manual.

11. in the form of directives. 11.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 11. March 2010 ALEX SOOSAY General Secretary AFC Club Licensing Regulations 79 .4 MATTERS NOT PROVIDED FOR 11.1 The AFC Administration shall take the decisions and adopt.1 These regulations were ratified by the AFC Executive Committee at its meeting on 26 March 2010 and came into force immediately.1 APPENDICES 11.1 Matters not provided for in these regulations shall be decided by the AFC Executive Committee. 11.5 RATIFICATION 11.2.1 Any breach of these regulations may be penalized by AFC in accordance with the AFC Disciplinary Code.4.1. FINAL PROVISIONS 11.5.1 All appendices to the present regulations form an integral part thereof. whose decisions are final.3 IMPLEMENTING PROVISIONS 11.2 DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES 11. 11. For the AFC Executive Committee MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM President Kuala Lumpur.3. the detailed provisions necessary for implementing these regulations.

a licence applicant meets all the requirements and the licensor’s management proceeds according to the ideal plan. ie. The chart follows the sequence of letters from (A) to (I) (central column). The letters in the chart refer to the issues that may or are likely to arise in the process and which need to be dealt with appropriately. The chart follows the sequence of numbers from 1 to 19 (left column).APPENDIX I: CORE PROCESS The following chart provides an example of a core process:The numbers in the chart detail in logical order refer to the steps to be taken in terms of processing a club licence on behalf of the licence applicants. 80 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . These steps will be the ones to follow where no issues arise in the process. The right column provides the reader with a short description of each single step.

The checks have t o be justified by supporting documents (evidence t hat t he criteria have been f ulfilled). LM reviews report of experts NO 7. 3. ok YES 9. Applicant completes and returns information within the agreed deadlines. 9. LM distributes documents to applicants – these could be posted. Contact applicant and agree action 5. Nominated staff review and report back to LM 8. Documents sorted. the legal expert checks the legal criteria. the financial expert checks t he financial c riteria e tc. T he licensing m anager r eviews the reports and t he opinion of the experts. LM receives applicant return with supporting documents 4. logged and allocated to staff NO (A) • From s tep 5: Applicant does not p rovide a ll necessary documents. LM checks that documents are complete (A). Decision b y LM based upon the opinion of the relevant experts on whether to proceed to next stage with applicants’ documents as they stand or refer documents back to the applicant for improvement. Documents sent to applicants to complete 3. The L M sorts t he i nformation received. 2. LM checks that documents are complete. placed on extranet etc. Nominated staff reviews applicant submissions ie. 1 Licensor’s administration Decision making bodies License applicant/licensee AFC Club Licensing Regulations 81 . 4. r ecords i t and forwards to each staff member with responsibilities for that particular areas. L M contacts applicant t o request i nformation that is missing or • From s tep 8: nominated s taff t hat r eview applicant returns identity areas that require further information and clarification from the applicant. ok YES 6.AFC Club Licensing Regulations Core Process 3 1. 6. LM prepares documents for distribution 2 1. 2. 7. LM produces pack on club licensing which will include the criteria and a questionnaire and forms for return.

ok NO NO 12. Duty to notify subsequent events 3 2 Licensor’s administration Decision making bodies License applicant/licensee 82 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . LM submits list of licensed applicants to AFC 17. Licence granted which may or may not detail areas for future attention of the applicant and stating whether or not financial indicators have been breached. FIB takes a decision whether to issue the club with a licence or not. This report will contain aspects of the visit report and other areas including a recommendation that a licence is granted. the LM and applicant meet and address the problem areas and potential activities by the applicant to rectify these areas together with a timescale. The licence is refused. LM discusses those areas of concern or non-compliance with the applicant that have been identified. 19. On the basis of the reports of the experts and/or the site visits (if necessary) he may identify areas of concerns that may require further investigation. If a site visit is planned. (G). ok 10. LM communicates AFC the list of the licensed applicants entering an AFC club competition within the AFC deadline. License refused (H). Appeals Body notified and meeting date agreed. 17. The FIB may request a hearing with the licence applicant. Duty to update 18. The licensing manager may require further explanations or supporting documents or may decide to perform a site visit to perform further investigation. 18. Licence refusal that details areas to be addressed. this in particular in case of existence of major economic event. Prepare report to First Instance body 13. 12. (I). 14. This can either be a committee of external experts or an internal group of competent staff.Core Process 1 10. 19. The licensing manager assesses the applicant. Decision NO (l). The licensee promptly notifies the licensor in writing about any subsequent event that may have an adverse impact upon the licensee’s ability to continue as a going-concern until the end of the licensing season. License issued Indicators breached Indicators fulfilled YES (H). (F). LM obtains management representation letter from licence applicant stating whether or not any events or conditions of major economic importance have occurred. LM prepares report (E). The applicant agrees with the action plan and take the necessary actions to address problem areas. (G). (D). Appeal Body takes a decision whether to issue the applicant with a licence or not. The applicant does not agree with action plan and does not take the recommended actions. LM produces a report and dispatches this to the Appeals Body. LM obtains management representation letter (D). Applicant appeals 15. LM completes FIB report for consideration of First Instance Body. LM assesses applicant (B). 14. License refused 13. (B). Decision NO (E). Appeals Body meet and consider club appeal. FIB review 15. (C). Appeals body review 16. then the licensee must prepare and submit an updated version of the future financial information. Appeals body YES (F). Applicant lodges an appeal. 11. If the licensee is in breach of one or more of the indicators. 16. Review by First Instance. Discuss any concerns with the applicant (C). applicant is advised with reasons outlined and given the option of instigating the appeals to process.

posted on the extranet. posted on the extranet. Two alternatives: step 6 or step (A) 6. review the documents. eg. The checks have to be justified by supporting documents (evidence that the criteria have been fulfilled). Legal documents will be forwarded to the legal expert. The nominated experts received the licence applicants’ documents from the licensing manager. faxed. 7. the licensing manager produces the documents on club licensing which will include the criteria. Supporting documents can be enclosed if required. etc) and returns them to the licensing manager within the agreed deadline. etc.01 Stadium-certification has to be supported by a copy of the valid stadium certificate. If the documents are complete and sent within the agreed deadline. reports etc). etc). Prior to the deadline for the submission to AFC of the list of clubs entering a AFC club competition and at a date to be defined by the licensor. 5. The licensing manager checks at the reception that the documents returned by the licence applicant are complete and that they are returned within the agreed deadline. The licence applicant completes the documents (questionnaires. the licensing manager sorts the information received.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 1. Two alternatives: step 9 or step (A) AFC Club Licensing Regulations 83 . 4. faxed. These can be posted. the questionnaires and forms for return. 2. 3. Criteria I. etc. Decision. check the fulfillment of the criteria and then report back to the licensing manager within the agreed deadline and according to prepared forms (checklists. 8. financial information to the financial expert. records it and forwards it to the appointed experts with responsibilities for that particular areas for review (eg. These documents can be returned by mail. templates. The licensing manager distributes the prepared pack of documents to the licence applicant. The licensing manager may request an acknowledgement of receipt. Decision.

reviews it. the report will include the recommendation to grant or to refuse the licence. 16. he prepares the report for consideration of the FIB within the agreed deadline. 14. 15. if performed. the decision-making body issues the licence. On the basis of the reports of the experts he may identify areas of concern that may require further investigation. information on site visits). 84 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . If the licensing manager does not identify any area that requires further review. The issuance of the licence is subject to the condition that the licence applicant fulfils all MUST criteria definied in the UEFA club licensing manual. The licensing manager reviews the reports and the opinion of the experts. This is included to his report. asks the licensing manager for further explanations and documents if necessary and makes the decision whether to grant the licence or not. Decision. Decision. 11. This report will contain aspects of the review (analysis of the documents received and. LM obtains management representation letter from licence applicant stating whether or not any events or conditions of major economic importance have occurred. The licensing manager verifies that the reports of the experts are complete and returned within the agreed deadline. The FIB has to fulfil the requirements of qualification. 13. According to the results of the review. Two alternatives: step 16 or step (D). independence and confidentiality as described in Section 3. The FIT receives the report of the licensing manager within the agreed deadline. After careful review of the licence applicant’s documents and of the report of the licensing manager. Two alternatives: step 12 or step (B) 12. The licensing manager assesses the licence applicant.2 of AFC Club Licensing Regulations. The issued licence may or may not detail areas for future attention of the licence applicant. 10.9.

on a six month basis. If the licensing manager identifies areas that require further review (noncompliance with certain criteria. etc) he contacts the licence applicant to discuss any concerns. errors. The licensing manager receives the report of the decision-making body. (B) From step 8: If the licensing expert identifies areas that require further information. he contacts the licence applicant to discuss any issue to obtain clarifications. then the licensee must prepare and submit an updated version of the future financial information. If a site visit is planned. questionnaire or form that is missing). They identify potential actions by the club to rectify these areas together with a timescale. that may cast significant doubt upon the licensee’s ability to continue as a going concern until at least the end of the season fro which the license has been granted. lack of information. AFC Club Licensing Regulations 85 . that it is aware of at any time. and reaches a mutual agreement on the actions to be taken.AFC Club Licensing Regulations 17. (A) From step 5: If the documents are not compete or if they are not sent within the agreed deadline the licensing manager contacts the licence applicant in order to agree on the next actions to be taken (eg. The list of licensed clubs is sent to AFC within the deadline fixed and communicated by AFC by 30 November of the year preceding the season to be licensed. 18. he prepares the list of the licence applicants authorized to enter in an AFC club competition. as a minimum. If the licensee is in breach of one or more of the indicators. the licensing manager and/or the expert meet with the licence applicant and address the problem areas. The future financial information must be prepared. the licensee must promptly notify the licensor in writing of any subsequent event. supporting documents. to request information. On the basis of the decision made by the decision-making body. The licensing manager may require further explanations or supporting documents or may decide to perform a site visit for the purposes of further investigation. After it has been issued a licence. up until the end of the season to be licensed. 19.

Fulfillment of steps 18 and 19 shall be assessed in respect of the following licensing cycle. The report of the B details the reasons for the refusal and the areas to be addressed. Two alternatives: step 15 or step (I).(C) Decision. The B may require further information and/or supporting documentation from the licensing manager and/or licence applicant. The report details areas of concern and the reasons for the refusal. (G) The AB meets and considers the licence applicant’s appeal. 86 AFC Club Licensing Regulations . then go back to step 12. • If the licence applicant does not agree with the licensing manager’s report and refuses to deliver new information or to take the necessary actions. (I) After careful review of the licence applicant’s documents and of the report of the licensing manager. (D) After careful review of the licence applicant’s documents and of the report of the licensing manager the FIB refuses to grant the licence. (E) The licence applicant lodges an appeal. Two alternatives: • If the licence applicant agrees with the licensing manager on the actions to be taken. the AB refuses to grant the licence. The AB is notified and the meeting date is set by agreement. then go back to step 10. (H) Decision. (F) The licensing manager produces a report and delivers it to the AB. The refusal details the areas to be addressed and the licence applicant is given the possibility of lodging an appeal with the AB.

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