AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations

AFC VISION ASIA CLUB LICENSING

REGULATIONS
Version 01/2010

AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations

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AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations

2 3.0 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 1.4 4.5 4.2 4.0 3.0 2.1 4.6 4.2 1.3 4.3 2.1 1.0 4.7 Introduction Objectives Obligations of the Project FA Introduction Process Introduction Introduction Legal Criteria Structure and Administration Criteria Financial Criteria Infrastructure Criteria Sporting Criteria Club Identity Page 4 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 9 9 10 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 Development of Project FA Club Licensing Regulations Core Process Minimum Criteria AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 3 .1 2.1 4.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations TABLE OF CONTENTS Article Definitions 1.

in this case the Project FA. Assessment process for verification of compliance with the criteria described in these regulations as a basis for the issue of a licence to an applicant. presentation or closing ceremonies. press conferences or official functions connected therewith. Associate or Exceptional membership of AFC. A Member Association or City FA who is a participant of the Vision Asia project. opening ceremonies. including any qualifying matches. and who have applied for and been granted Ordinary. “Provisional”. province. Elite League Licence Applicant (LA) Licensor Member Association(s)/ MA(s) Project FA 4 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . Body that operates the licensing system and grants the licence. Those Member Associations who are members of FIFA. and shall include the Matches as set out in the Match Schedule. Provisional. The highest level of competition organised by the Project FA in accordance to the Vision Asia principles. activities on the field of play (other than matches). For the purpose of this definition “Ordinary”. state or district.DEFINITIONS The terms in Capital letters used in these Regulations (as hereinafter defined) shall have the following meaning(s): City FA Core Process The governing body for association football within the territory of the city. The legal entity fully and solely responsible for the football team participating in competitions that applies for a licence. “Associate” and “Exceptional” membership shall have the same meaning as contained in AFC Statutes.

The six categories of minimum criteria are described in six sections.0 AFC VISION ASIA CLUB LICENSING REGULATIONS Based on Article 10. infrastructure criteria. sporting. structure and administration criteria. It incorporates the AFC minimum requirements and the necessary guidelines.4.2 OBJECTIVES The AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations has the following objectives: • Further promotion and continuous improvement of the standard of all aspects of football at amateur level in Asia. which are as follows: legal criteria. personnel. increasing their transparency and credibility. legal. such as: o Increasing the level of management and organization within the clubs o Improvement of the economic and financial capability of the clubs. 1. administrative and infrastructure related criteria in amateur football in Asia.1 INTRODUCTION This AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations is the basic working document for City Football Association (City FA) in Vision Asia Project (Project FA) to be transformed into a Club Licensing Regulations in Project FA (Project FA Club Licensing Regulations). sporting criteria. financial criteria. the following AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations has been adopted. • Allowing the development of benchmarking for clubs in financial. AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 5 . This AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations addresses the Project FA as the Licensor and defines the License Applicant (LA) as well as the implementation process and minimum criteria to be applied to ensure a certain unified quality standard in the clubs who are participating in the Elite League of Vision Asia Projects.1. 1.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 1. and club identity criteria.1 of the AFC Vision Asia Standard Implementation Policy.

3 OBLIGATIONS OF PROJECT FA The Project FA are obliged to: • Read and understand the AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations. 6 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations .1. • Set-up a working plan for the development and implementation of the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations taking into account the AFC Vision Asia Fact Book and Strategic Development Plan (SDP). The Project FA Club Licensing Regulations will have to be accredited by AFC.

Once the LA demonstrates.3). Within the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations.2 PROCESS AFC will assist the Project FA in developing its Club Licensing Regulations. the Project FA will set the minimum criteria and Core Process for LAs to participate in the Elite League of the Project FA. The following process will take place: 2.0 DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECT FA CLUB LICENSING REGULATIONS 2.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 2. through submission of various documents as listed herein. the Project FA must incorporate ALL the minimum criteria as listed in the AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations. must reapply for their licence.1 INTRODUCTION The Project FA Club Licensing Regulations is an extension of the AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations. The licence expires at the end of the season for which it was issued for and it cannot be transferred.1 2. the Project FA may have additional criteria that it would like the LA to fulfill. clubs.2. In developing its Club Licensing Regulations. that all applicable provisions of these regulations have been integrated in its Project FA Club Licensing Regulations. For the next season. wishing to participate.2.2. as the Licensor. AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 7 . The Project FA is responsible for ensuring.2 AFC Vision Asia to provide the AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations as an Appendix of the SDP Project FA to develop a Project FA Club Licensing Regulations based on AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations and in accordance to the timeline in the SDP. Exceptions may be granted by the AFC Vision Asia (please refer 2. will grant the LA a licence to participate in the Elite League of the Project FA. 2. the Project FA. that it meets the minimum criteria. and must demonstrate to AFC Vision Asia. In addition. All clubs wishing to participate in the Project FA Elite League must adhere to the minimum criteria and Core Process of the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations.

to AFC that all criteria contained in the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations sent to AFC for accreditation are in compliance with the applicable national law. 8 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . The Project FA must confirm. in writing.4 After the approval of AFC. The AFC Vision Asia will review the final version of the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations and will confirm in writing to the Project FA if it follows the AFC Vision Asia Club Regulations. The Project FA must finalise the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations and send it. the Project FA Executive Committee has to adopt the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations.2. Project FA must submit in writing to the AFC Vision Asia to request exception in the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations. 2. The decision on the accreditation is communicated in writing to the Project FA and is final and binding.2.3 Project FA to submit Project FA Club Licensing Regulations to AFC for accreditation.2. may grant exception in Project FA Club Licensing Regulations considering the local environment. through the AFC Technical & Vision Asia Committee. to AFC Vision Asia for accreditation according to the timeline defined by the Fact Book and Strategic Development Plan (SDP). AFC Vision Asia. in English.

This decision must be brought to Executive Committee for final decision. Project FA and AFC Vision Asia will organize the workshop (termed hereafter as the “Club Development Workshop”) to brief the LA of the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations and the new Project FA Elite League Regulations. The Licensor shall ensure equal treatment between all LAs during the core process. c) LA to submit their written application for the license and the required documents to Project FA in order to prove compliance with the licensing criteria by the deadline set by Project FA and AFC Vision Asia. b) For the first year of the implementation of Club Licensing Regulations. The chapter will provide details of the assessment/core process that the Project FA must go through before it decides if a Licence Applicant can be granted a licence or not. This should be done within one (1) month after the Project FA’s Executive Committee adopts the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations. AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 9 .AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 3. The Club Development Workshop must be conducted no later than six (6) months after the Project FA’s Executive Committee’s approval of the regulations. f) Project FA to issue license to clubs participating elite competition in Project FA. Copies of documents must be submitted to AFC Vision Asia. d) Project FA Secretariat will assess the submitted documents in cooperation with AFC Vision Asia. must be included: a) Project FA to announce the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations to any group / teams who wishes to participate in the Elite League of the Project FA. e) Competition Committee of Project FA will make a decision on licensing based on the report from Project FA Secretariat. one chapter/section of the regulations must be dedicated to “Core Process”.0 CORE PROCESS 3. The Licensor must submit to AFC the list of licensed clubs within the deadline communicated by AFC. The following information.1 INTRODUCTION In the Project FA Club Licensing Regulations. All LA can attend the workshop. supported by a timetable (deadline).

4.1 INTRODUCTION The criteria described in this AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations defines the minimum requirements that a club wishing to participate in the Project FA Elite League must fulfill. These upgraded criteria must be ratified by AFC Vision Asia. Why important? Why important? Club Licensing System Club Licensing System Level of club management Quality of competition Fan Sponsor Level of performance Club Licensing System leads to Club Licensing System leads to financial and sporting success in the league financial and sporting success in the league 10 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . The Licensor is free to increase the minimum requirements or to upgrade the criteria established by AFC for the purposes of entering in the Project FA Elite League. The Licensor may also introduce additional criteria not included in the AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations.0 MINIMUM CRITERIA 4.

shareholder and / or sporting performance AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 11 .01 The LA must be a member of the Project FA Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Document which proves the membership (If Congress of Project FA can not be held before the application for the license. including names of owners Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the ownership document and ensures that no natural or legal person are involved in more than one (1) club either in the capacity of management. LEGAL CRITERIA Description Membership LE. administration. administration.2 No. LE. shareholder and / or sporting performance Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Document outlining the ownership structure of the club. LA must submit all the required documents to Project FA to be a member according to Project FA’s statutes) Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the membership or the application for membership No.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 4.02 Description Ownership and Control of Clubs No natural or legal person are involved in more than one (1) club either in the capacity of management.

03 Description Statutes and Registration It is recommended that the LA must be registered with local authorities as a legal entity Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Document which proves the registration of the LA with local authorities • Copy of valid Club Statutes Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the registration document with the local authorities and ensure that the licence applicant has its own statutes 12 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . LE.No.

STRUCTURE AND ADMINISTRATION CRITERIA Description Decision Making Body ST.3 No.02 Description Administration of the Club The LA must have Head of Administration (full time or part time) Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Name and contact details of Head of Administration Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the name and contact details AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 13 . ST.01 The LA must have a Board / Executive Committee as a decision making body Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • List of Board members with names Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the list No.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 4.

4 No.4.01 The LA must submit its annual budget which clearly depicts the projected income and expenditure for the coming season Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Yearly budget Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the budget if it is practical or not and if the licence applicant can sustain itself for the season Why Financial Criteria is important? ≥ Income Cost Football/Football Club cannot prosper without Football/Football Club cannot prosper without proper budgeting and finance management proper budgeting and finance management 14 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . FINANCIAL CRITERIA Description Annual Budget FI.

INFRASTRUCTURE CRITERIA Description “Home” Playing Field IN.01 The LA must either own or have guaranteed access to a ‘Home’ Playing Field in order for it to play its home matches in the Project FA Elite League. IN. document to prove the ownership) Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the existence of the “Home” playing field by site-visit and further checks the agreement/ownership of the “Home” playing field No.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 4. document to prove the ownership) Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the existence of the training ground by site-visit and further checks the agreement/ownership of the training ground AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 15 . The playing field must fulfill the minimum size indicated in the FIFA Laws of the Game Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • The name and address of the Home playing field • Agreement with the owner of the playing field that the licence applicant has access to the ‘Home’ Playing Field (in case of owning the field. The training field can be the same field as the LA’s “Home” playing field.5 No. Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • The name and address of the training ground • Agreement with the owner of the training ground that the licence applicant has access to the training ground (in case of owning the field.02 Description Training Field The LA must either own or have guaranteed access to a training field that their players can train daily.

No. of the club office Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the details of the club office by site visit and further checks if the club secretariat is reachable 16 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . IN.03 Description Club Secretariat The LA must have an office space to run its administration Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Postal address and Telephone No.

02 Description Head Coach The licence applicant must have appointed a Head Coach being responsible for football matters of the first team. their licence and therefore participation at the Project FA Elite League will be cancelled.AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 4. The Head Coach must hold a minimum of AFC ‘C’ certificate or equivalence.6 SPORTING CRITERIA Note: This criteria will be assessed one (1) month prior to the start of the Project FA Elite League.02) No. AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations 17 .01 and SP. Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the qualification in cooperation with AFC. Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Player Registration form for the Elite League Registration in accordance to the Elite League Regulations Assessment process: • Project FA verifies that the Licence Applicant has a minimum of 18 players and maximum of 30 players for the Elite League. No. when submitting their application for a licence. However. The Head Coach must be duly registered with the Project FA. the LA must submit a declaration template as attached with the Application Manual to guarantee that it will fulfill the two criteria below (SP. SP. Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • The name of the Head Coach and copy of his coaching qualification. SP. Should the club fail to meet this criteria.01 Description Players The LA must have a minimum of 18 players and maximum of 30 players for the Elite League who are duly registered with the Project FA.

01 The LA must have a club logo which it has registered together with its name. Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Announcement of the Club colors (official colours & reserve colours) Assessment process: • Project FA verifies and acknowledges declaration of the two colours.7 No. Namely. ID. while the other to be known as the reserve colour.02 Description Official and Reserve Colours The LA must declare the colours that it would like to be associated with. the colours of their official equipment (jersey. CLUB IDENTITY Description Club Logo ID. 18 AFC Vision Asia Club Licensing Regulations . Document(s) to be submitted by LA: • Copy of the Club Logo Assessment process: • Project FA verifies the logo of the Club and ensure that no other LA has submitted similar logo No.4. shorts. socks) must be announced. The LA should declare two (2) colours – one to be known as its home colour and thus act as the LA’s primary colour.

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