What is the FIFA Club Licensing programme?

The key objectives of the FIFA Women’s Football Strategy are to grow participation, enhance the commercial value and build the foundations. 

Club licensing is a development and control tool that MAs can use to raise standards in the key strategic areas of football clubs.

Traditionally, this includes (but is not limited to) the following areas: sporting, infrastructure, administration, legal and financial. The system uses a set of criteria that clubs must meet to receive a licence and be permitted to participate in a specific club competition, assuming the club qualifies based on sporting merit.

MAs act as licensors, determining the domestic competitions for which clubs will require a licence  in order to participate and establishing the minimum criteria that clubs must meet.

Ultimately, club licensing provides a framework with the flexibility to be adapted to the domestic reality of each MA in order to improve club football.

Why Club licensing?

When properly implemented, club licensing can:

  • Bring MAs closer to their clubs

  • Increase coaching qualifications

  • Raise the levels of professionalism in club management

  • Promote financial transparency in clubs

  • Promote and improve good governance at  each club

  • Increase clubs’ financial stability

  • Increase the number of youth development teams and players

  • Encourage investment  in the game

  • Increase trust in and the integrity of clubs

  • Increase the understanding  of club ownership groups

  • Improve the stadiums, office spaces and training facilities of clubs

  • Assist in risk and crisis management

  • Enhance the integrity of competitions

  • Provide a practical tool to improve conditions for players

Last updated: Monday, 31 July 2023 at 08:49