Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Are you good enough for our gang?

AFC is tightening the requirements of clubs who wish to compete in its flagship competitions the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup.

Club Licensing Manual

Among the criteria:
Approved Youth Development Programme
Youth Teams
Medical Care of Players
Written Player Contracts
Approved Stadiums
Training Facilities
Club Offices & Officials
Transparent Club Ownership

Club Licensing Regulation

Of course this is all fine and huky dory and assumes the National Association is competent. But what happens when they aren't? Why no regulations about local/national government involvement? How about speeding up the appeals process when players/coaches don't get paid on time? How about suspending national associations/clubs that serially offend with non payment? How about a regulation outlawing corporate names of clubs*?

* Unlikely I know in the short term.

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