PLC Club Licensing workshop reviews criteria.
Summary: UAE clubs gear up for new season as per AFC regulations
Dubai: The Pro League Committee (PLC) hosted a Club Licensing Workshop ahead of the new football season over the weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Attended by Licensing Officers and Finance Officers from all clubs, the three-day workshop aimed at preparing clubs for the 2017-'18 Club Licensing cycle in accordance with the regulations of the PLC and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
Club Licensing sets various criteria across sporting and technical standards, infrastructure, management and personnel, legal, financial, business, sponsorship and marketing in order to determine the viability of clubs to compete at the highest professional level.
The first two days of the workshop were dedicated to the financial aspects of club licensing, as Jaber Dababneh, Club Licensing Auditor, explained the financial requirements and procedures for the PLC's Club Licensing process, emphasising the importance of financial standards within the club licensing system and reviewing the new financial criteria required for the new season.
The final day of the workshop focused on discussing the results of last season's Club Licensing cycle and the updated working mechanism and development for the new cycle, with Hamad Al Junaibi, Club Licensing Manager, delivering details of the required dates for submission of documents throughout the coming period.
The workshop continued with a lecture from Liyaj Pallikandy Maliyakkal, Software Solutions Specialist from the AFC, who talked through the uses of the AFC's online Club Licensing Administration System (CLAS), which was launched in the UAE in 2015 enabling clubs to upload club licensing documents directly to the system.
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