Tunis, Tunisia – (African Boulevard News) – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rolled out a new training programme for its Club Licensing Online Platform (CLOP), in Tunis, Tunisia. This comes after the successful launch of the platform last year, which aims to ensure the growth and sustainable development of African football through club licensing.
The training programme is set to take place in all CAF regions and will target various stakeholders involved in football. These stakeholders include clubs, national associations, and licensing managers, among others. Through the programme, participants will learn how to use the CLOP platform effectively and how to meet the criteria set by the club licensing regulations.
As CAF strives to improve football in Africa, the CLOP platform will ensure that clubs meet specific standards both on and off the pitch. The platform includes licensing requirements such as financial stability, sporting infrastructure, and youth development programmes. Club licensing is a critical tool that will enhance the competitiveness of African clubs in local and international competitions.
Speaking on the importance of the platform and the training programme, the CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, said, “CAF’s Club Licensing system promotes good governance, financial control, and sporting excellence. It is an essential element in the development of football at all levels. Club licensing is critical to the growth and development of African football, and we are pleased to offer a comprehensive training programme to ensure success.”
The CAF Club Licensing System (CLS) was introduced in 2012, and it is mandatory for all clubs that participate in CAF inter-club competitions. The system has since been revised, and the new CLOP platform has replaced the manual system. The new system will simplify the licensing process and reduce the risk of errors resulting from the manual process.
As Africa aims to enhance its position in world football, the Club Licensing Online Platform will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. The training programme will help stakeholders involved in football to understand how to utilise the platform effectively and meet the licensing criteria. It will also enhance transparency, accountability, and good governance in African football, which is crucial for the growth and development of the sport on the continent.