Myanmar’s licensed football clubs hit record in ASEAN

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Myanmar possesses 15 licensed clubs including Shan United, the defending champions of the Myanmar National League to compete in the AFC tourneys. Photo: MNL

Myanmar broke the record of the most licensed football clubs in ASEAN region to enter the AFC Club Tournament in 2021 with totaling 15 clubs, according to an official statement with the Myanmar Football Federation and the ASEAN Football Federation.
Myanmar has surpassed all other ASEAN countries in terms of the number of clubs which have successfully licensed for the AFC tourney, according to the ASEAN Football authorities. Among the 11 ASEAN countries, Myanmar hit record with 15 clubs that have licensed for entering the AFC Club Tournament, beating 12 licensed football clubs from neighboring Thailand and 10 licensed clubs from Vietnam, AFF stated.
For getting the AFC Club Tournament licenses, every ASEAN football clubs need to fulfill five main criteria – sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial, football officials said.
In ASEAN, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos and Timor-Leste have not yet qualified for the AFC Championship League, but have qualified for the AFC Cup competition. “Myanmar domestic football teams have been instructed by the Myanmar National League to meet the club license requirements set by the AFC, and the respective football team officials have made a special effort to grab the big achievement”, Myanmar football authorities said.
“This record was made possible by the joint efforts of the Member Associations (MA) Club Licensing Manager and the Club Licensing Officers. It is also due to the support of all the club officials”, MFF officials added. —Lynn Thit (Tgi)

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