The Chinese Football Association (CFA) took a huge leap forward in Club Licensing Regulation with the conclusion of a workshop for its affiliated clubs.
Held in early-April 2019, the workshop was conducted in conjunction with the inauguration of the CFA Club Licensing Administration IT System, with representatives from the AFC, FIFA and clubs from all professional leagues under the CFA.
CFA Vice President Li Yuyi, who gave the opening remarks, outlined the five goals to be achieved through the implementation of club licensing in 2019.
(1) Chinese Super League should strive to become the number one league in Asia and progress towards the top six leagues in the world;
(2) Endeavor to strengthen club development to make all leagues more professional, to promote the performance of the national team;
(3) Establish development structures of youth players with clear progressive pathways by local and international way as well as school involvement.
(4) Solidify and improve collective consultation mechanism in football area to promote transparency and integrity of all clubs; and
(5) To have well-educated, qualified and skilled club officials to run the club operations.
The workshop covered important topics such as the development plan until 2021, club licensing processes, criteria requirements and important deadlines for the 2019 club licensing cycle. By the 2020 club licensing cycle, all CFA clubs should have a women’s football team.
The CFA Club Licensing Manager Qiao Daihu, then stressed on the finer details of the financial requirements and compliance to the CFA Financial Control Regulations which was introduced in December 2018.