Kuala Lumpur: The clubs licensing exercise in Pakistan under the Vision Asia – Vision Pakistan programme is going in full swing with five of the 16 Pakistan Premier League (PLL) teams having achieved legal status.
The five teams which have been legally registered are KRL FC (based in Rawalpindi), PMC Athletico (Faisalabad), Baloch FC (Balochistan), Young Blood FC (Sahiwal) and PEL FC (Lahore).
Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) General Secretary Lt. Col. (R) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi is pleased with this latest development, saying: “PFF targets to have all PLL teams to be registered as legal entities by the end of the year because this will help develop professional football in Pakistan.”
Historically, football teams have been dominated by companies, government departments and organisations such as the Pakistan Army, Navy and others.
However, to develop football in Pakistan requires the teams to stand alone as legal entities as suggested in the Clubs Licensing Regulations formulated by AFC Vision Asia Department to help PFF develop its football.
Vision Asia is AFC’s continental football development programme focusing on 11 elements such as refereeing, marketing and competitions. Pakistan is one of several member associations taking part in Vision Asia.