Reigning I-League champion Chennai City FC is among a handful--and the only I-League club--that has been granted both AFC and National License for the 2019-20 season by the the All-India Football Federation Club Licensing Committee-First Instance Body (CLC-FIB) that met in New Delhi on Thursday to decide on the club licensing applications.
Nineteen clubs including several I-League and ISL clubs had applied, out of which six were granted license with sanctions. Those include Chennai City, Chennaiyin FC, Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC, FC Goa and ATK.
In a tweet, Rohit Rangarajan, owner of CCFC said: "Delighted that @ChennaiCity FC have been granted both AFC and National License for the 2019-20 season. I'd like to personally thank my entire supporting staff, management and every individual involved with us!"
What are the Indian Club Licensing Regulations?
AIFF under the approval of Asian Football Confederation, runs the Indian Club Licensing system for all top division league clubs in India, using the AFC’s online club licensing portal – AFC CLAS.
Under the Indian Club Licensing system, AIFF has the authority to issue AFC License for AFC Club Competitions such as AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, and National License for National Club Competitions like I-League, Indian Super League and Super Cup.
Without an AFC License, a club cannot participate in AFC Club Competitions, despite qualifying for the respective competitions on sporting merit. However, without a National License, a club may still be able to participate in National Club Competitions, provided an “EXEMPTION TO PARTICIPATE in National Club Competitions” is received under the regulatory provisions provided in Indian Club Licensing Regulations 2019-20.
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