This year Malaysian football became the witness to the concept of Club Licensing for clubs under FAM to participate in AFC Club Competitions.
Taking into account the nation’s maiden participation in the AFC Champions League Playoff for the 2015 season through Johor Darul Ta’zim FC, a concept driven by the AFC Club Licensing Rules and Regulations was implemented fully.
With regards on the same Regulations, FAM established independent decision making bodies known as the First Instance Body and Appeals Body that would function as an assessment body and the issuer of the license. These two bodies are composed of members that meet the requirements and conditions set by the AFC Club Licensing Regulations mainly within the field of finance and legal.
At the administration level, a Club Licensing Department was formed to ensure all administration and management related to club licensing will be enabled to perform nationwide.
As a preliminary preparation towards the privatisation of the league, a National Club Licensing Regulation is being created with the hope of it being enforced throughout our top national leagues fully by the year 2018.
In line with this process, a special seminar on Club Licensing Process was held in the month of July 2014 with the full participation of all the teams taking part in the Malaysian League campaign.