AFC Departments

Professional Football Unit


Professional football is the engine for development of football in any country as it generates talent, creates value on and off the field and serves the fans. Club Licensing is a tool for both the development and benchmarking of professional football clubs which are the pillars of professional football. Under the Club Licensing System clubs needs to comply with certain quality requirements to participate in National and/or AFC competitions. The AFC Club Licensing Unit makes sure that clubs are complying with the requirements and the MAs are rigorously implementing it.  

By implementing Club Licensing System football clubs are benefitted by:

  • Developing strong governance and organisational structures

  • Implementing stable financial management and reporting

  • Improving technical standards of coaches and staff

  • Increasing stability and integrity of the clubs and league

  • Promoting and continuously improving the standard of football

  • Encouraging youth development

  • Improving infrastructure facilities

  • Raising economic and financial standing of the clubs through effective marketing and commercial exploitation.


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