The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Club Licensing Regulations (2022 Edition) have been ratified by the AFC Executive Committee in line with the transition of the AFC Club Competitions from its current Spring-Autumn season to Autumn-Spring.
The updated regulations came into force on July 29, 2022 and incorporated several important updates that are applicable when granting licences to participating clubs in the AFC Club Competitions from the 2023/2024 season onwards.
Among the major changes are the new deadlines for Overdue Payables and Extraordinary applications, which were discussed and deliberated extensively by the AFC Club Licensing Task Force before ratification by the AFC Executive Committee.
In the updated AFC Club Licensing Regulations (2022 Edition), all overdue payables which exist as at December 31 shall be fully settled, deferred by mutual agreement with the creditor or subject to a not obviously unfounded dispute submitted to a competent authority by March 31.
Meanwhile, any potential extraordinary applications must be notified in writing to the AFC by a Member Association (MA) by January 31 at the latest with the necessary documentation submitted in English by April 30.
The AFC Club Licensing Regulations (2022 Edition) is a comprehensive document that provides all the necessary requirements to be eligible to play in all the AFC Club Competitions, including the AFC Champions League™, the AFC Cup™, the AFC Women’s Champions League and the AFC Futsal Club Championship™.
Club licensing was introduced in Asian football more than a decade ago and since then has played a pivotal part in the rising professional standards across the club football landscape on the Continent.
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