The UAE Club Licensing System’s First Instance Body (FIB) granted national licenses to 14 football companies after reviewing their licensing submission reports and verifying they have met all the requirements.
The decisions were announced on Tuesday, June 22, after the FIB’s periodic meeting, which was held via video conferencing. It was chaired by Omar Al Hai Al Maidoor and attended by Vice-Chairman Khalid Ali Al Yahyaei, and members Ahmed Al Muhairi, Barkan Khalifa, Yousif Uzair, and Mohammed Hassan.
The football companies that were granted national licensing are Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Football Company, Al Wahda Football Company, Al Ain Football Company, Ajman Football Company, Al Nasr Football Company, Ittihad Kalba Football Company, Al Wasl Football Company, Sharjah Football Company, Bani Yas Football Company, Khorfakkan Football Company, Fujairah Football Company, Al Jazira Football Company, Al Dhafra Football Company and Hatta Football Company.
All football companies will now undergo the core process for AFC licenses. The review and decisions for the AFC licenses are set to be completed in October, in accordance with the approved calendar of the current licensing cycle.
The UAE Pro League's national licensing system is recognized as among the best in the continent, with the UAE being one of the first countries to implement such system in Asia in 2013. The FIB is an independent committee that grants licenses independently, with no involvement of any sports body in the UAE, to ensure transparency in governance.
UAE Pro League CEO Waleed Al Hosani lauded the clubs’ efforts to meet the national licensing system requirements, despite the Covid-19 pandemic challenges. He added that the clubs exhibited professionalism and expertise, saying the club licensing system contributes to improving the work quality according to well-thought-out plans and clear and measurable standards.