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UAE Pro League holds club licensing workshop as AFC introduces new regulations

The UAE Pro League held on Wednesday, November 18, the UAE club licensing pre-cycle workshop 2021-2022 via video conferencing. The workshop was attended by UAE Pro League CEO Waleed Al Hosani and Club Licensing Administrator at AFC Wen Min See and saw the participation of First Instant Body and Appeals committee members as well as licensing and finance officials at UAE professional clubs.


Al Hosani opened the workshop by welcoming the attendees and congratulating the professional clubs after being granted the AFC licenses in the 2020-21 cycle. He said, “this accomplishment was achieved thanks to your efforts and your eagerness to excel. The past period was difficult for everyone due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we overcame the challenges and difficulties through fruitful cooperation between the clubs and the Pro League.”


Al Hosani called on clubs’ representatives to continue working hard to achieve the desired success, explaining that the club licensing system has specific deadlines, and called on clubs to submit the required documents early enough to allow the Pro League’s Club Licensing Department to review and assess the submissions and share their feedback with the clubs ahead of the final report submission deadline.


The workshop also saw Club Licensing Administrator at AFC Wen Min See deliver a presentation on the updates of the AFC’s CLAS system, before UAE Pro League Club Licensing and Development Director Stuart Larman reviewed the main challenges that faced the clubs in the previous licensing cycle.


The new licensing system workshop comes after the AFC launched a new mechanism aimed at increasing tracking and monitoring of the financial positions of all professional clubs in Asia, in order to ensure more financial transparency. Amendments have been made to the new system, where new requirements were added to the online documents submission process in order to help the AFC and the AFC Club Licensing Department track the financial commitments of clubs and players and ensure more information accuracy.


In turn, UAE Pro League’s Club Financial Auditing Manager Jaber Dababneh reviewed the latest updates to the financial criteria in the 2021-22 cycle.


In the second part of the workshop, UAE Pro League Club Licensing Officer Abdullah Mubarak showcased the latest updates to the licensing regulations in the 2021-22 cycle, optimum use of the licensing system at clubs and explained key points related to the licensing process as well as highlighting the most important dates associated with licensing submissions.

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