ACEHFOOTBALL.net - Arema FC management stated that currently the team nicknamed Singo Edan is trying to meet financial criteria as one of the aspects to get the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Club Licensing.
Media Ofiser Arema FC Sudarmaji said that financial problems are one of the crucial aspects, because it relates to club funding to be able to survive in the competition.
“We have to be able to survive the current situation,” said Sudarmaji in Malang City, East Java, Tuesday.
Sudarmaji explained that the financial factor in obtaining AFC Club Licensing is one of the five important aspects or criteria that the club must meet to get the license..
Currently, continued Sudarmaji, admittedly there is no income at all from the ticket sales side because it is almost certain that in the implementation of the League 1 whose plans roll out in July 2021, spectators are not allowed to attend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Indeed, there is no income from the ticket sales side, because it is almost certain in the competition later, the match still cannot be attended by spectators,” said Sudarmaji.
other than that, continued Sudarmaji, from the sponsorship side in the midst of a disease pandemic due to the spread of the corona virus, as it is currently, the club's selling value has decreased.
On the other hand, the industrial sector was also affected due to the absence of stadium spectators. This was done to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by strictly implementing health protocols.
These conditions make the club sponsors reconsider to provide great support to the club.
From the financial aspect charged by the AFC, continued Sudarmaji, is indeed the main focus. Because from the financial side, AFC will ensure that the club's conditions are safe.
“The lack of income during this pandemic was felt by all clubs. Likewise with Arema FC, but the directors of course have considered any steps so that Arema FC can survive,” said Sudarmaji.
So far, in the past five years, Arema FC was able to qualify club licensing. On 2020, apart from Arema FC, there are five other teams that have won the AFC Licensing Club, namely Bali United, Persipura Jayapura, Bhayangkara FC, Borneo FC, Persib Bandung and Persija Jakarta.
AFC Club Licensing is a process of standardizing and verifying the quality of professional football club management introduced by AFC to support the development of football..
Apart from being a reference for professional standards, AFC Club Licensing is also a condition for clubs to participate in official AFC competitions, such as the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.
To get the AFC Club Licensing, there are five criteria that must be met include sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administration, legal as well as financial.