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Dushanbe: A seminar on the Club Licensing Administration System for teams in the elite Tajik League was held in Tajikistan’s capital on Tuesday.

The seminar, conducted within the framework of the AFC League development programme, aims to assist the Tajikistan Football Federation (TFF) and its major league clubs with the licensing system. From 2018 onwards, clubs must obtain a license to participate in the AFC Cup.

The Club Licensing Administration System (CLAS) was first introduced in 2010 as a tool for evaluating the clubs participating in the contient’s flagship tournament - the AFC Champions League - and it is set to be extended to the AFC Cup, a move which is in line with the AFC's Vision and Mission of assisting Member Associations to maximize their potential.

The CLAS is an innovative online platform that allows clubs to comply with the AFC Club Licensing Criteria, with the MAs benefitting from the transparency and administrative control of national club licensing.

Vice President of the TFF and General Director of the Football League of Tajikistan, Alisher Urunov, opened the seminar by thanking the AFC for the comprehensive support it is providing to football in Tajikistan.

"The programme for the development of AFC football leagues is being implemented in our country for the third year and during this time we have held several educational seminars,” he said.

“Today's seminar, organised by the AFC’s MAs Development Department, is aimed at securing the implementation of club licensing rules by 2018 in accordance with the implementation of the CLAS.”

With representatives from Tajikistan’s major clubs present, AFC representative Wen Min See and AFC Club Licensing Manager Bobojon Kalandarov presented a step-by-step guide for implementing the CLAS, and shared detailed information regarding the criteria and necessary requirements for establishing professional standards.

Photos: Tajikistan Football Federation