“Focused on Incremental Environmental Improvement”…Future Planning of the K League Club Licensing System

The Korea Professional Football League held a briefing on the K League club licensing system at the Football Hall in Sinmun-ro on July 7.

Club licensing is a system that stipulates the requirements for clubs to participate in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) club competitions and the K League and grants them the qualification (license) to participate in the competitions.

The main contents include incorporation of clubs, operation of a four-level club system by age for clubs in the first and second divisions, specification of personnel in charge of each area of work, regular audits, and prohibition of non-payment of wages to other clubs and employees.

The AFC Club Licensing System was introduced in 2012 when the AFC made it mandatory for clubs to acquire an AFC Club License to participate in the 2013 AFC Champions League. At that time, it was not mandatory for all clubs, but in 2015, when the club licensing business was transferred from the Korea Football Association (KFA) to the federation, it became mandatory, and in 2016, it was extended to K League 2 clubs.

From this year, the AFC Club Licensing will be separated into the AFC Club License and the K League 1 and 2 Club License due to the staggered ACL and K League seasons. The AFC license is required to participate in the AFC Club Competition, and only clubs that have qualified for the ACL can apply. The K League 1 and 2 licenses are also required to participate in these leagues. However, the K League 2 license can be applied for simultaneously with the K League 1 license.레모나토토 도메인

The League’s license review is handled by the Club Eligibility Review Committee, an independent body that reviews the issuance of club licenses. The committee consists of four members, including chairman Lee Seok-myung. As the club licensing process has become more sophisticated and detailed, a club licensing team has been established within the Federation Secretariat.

Recently, the main rules for club licensing in the K League have been revised. The deadline for replacing a manager has been extended. If a manager resigns or is dismissed for reasons such as poor performance during the season, the regulation requires that a replacement manager with a P-class qualification be registered within 60 days. However, if the expiration of the 60-day period falls at the end of the season, it will be difficult to register a new manager, so if there are five or fewer games remaining in the K League as of the expiration of the 60-day period for the first team manager vacancy, the replacement period will be extended until December 31 of that year on the condition that the first team manager is appointed within the year.

Future plans include a gradual upgrade of the K League club licensing system. A particularly noteworthy issue is the enactment of the K League’s stadium regulations. It operates an approval system by establishing stadium regulations and grading the status of stadium facilities. Referring to the stadium facility regulations of FIFA, UEFA’s AFC, and the J League, the stadium facility standards and ratings will be divided into three levels.

The federation said, “We are receiving the status of each club’s stadium facilities. We are focusing on improving the environment step by step and gradually, even if we can’t change it all at once.”

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