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FIFA/OFC Club Licensing in Vanuatu

On Tuesday this week at the PVFA Conference Room, Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Competition Director, Chris Kemp who is also Manager for OFC Club Licensing and FIFA Consultant, Robbie Middleby, himself a former Socceroo, introduced what FIFA Club Licensing is all about and the 5 Pillars, that make up FIFA Club Licensing.
“We can make an example out of Iceland at the latest Euro Championship, when they reached the quarter finals of the tournament, with only a population of just over 330,000, approximately the same as or just over that of Vanuatu.
“They have implemented the FIFA Club Licensing Program, and in a space of 10 years preparation, have achieved so much,” Kemp said.
FIFA Consultant Middleby said that the Vanuatu will not be using the same criteria as UEFA is using instead they will get the inputs from the clubs and will come up with one that will suit Vanuatu, which will be a challenge, but in the end, achievable.
The FIFA Club Licensing principles form the basis for the confederations’ own club licensing principles, taking into account the regional specificity of club football.
Clubs then need to meet these principles to be eligible for certain competitions, adhering to international statutes, investing in training facilities and agreeing to the independent auditing of finances and greater transparency of ownership.
The FIFA Club Licensing system requires clubs to commit to minimum standards and principles in five key areas or pillars:
• Sporting criteria e.g. clubs must have a youth development programme; clubs must promote fair play
• Infrastructure criteria e.g. clubs must have safe, comfortable stadiums for fans, families and media; clubs must have training facilities
• Personnel and administrative criteria e.g. clubs must have qualified coaches and medical staff and professional, well-educated management
• Legal criteria e.g. clubs must adhere to international statutes; club ownership must be transparent and fair
• Financial criteria e.g. independent auditing of club finances
The FIFA Club Licensing system is only one of many development programmes that are run by the governing body.
These guidelines will then be tailored to suit the needs of national associations and clubs as part of FIFA’s football development priorities for the 2015-2018 financial cycle.
This is not the first time Vanuatu clubs have been made aware to improve on club structure to be able to compete nationally and internationally.
Kemp and Middleby will travel to Santo to introduce the program to Luganville Football Association before leaving for New Caledonia this morning.
Story by RN

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