ZIFA Embraces FIFA Club Licensing Framework  

In line with FIFA’s club licensing framework, the Zimbabwe Football Association has established a Club Licensing taskforce, which will look into the improvement of local club football by setting minimum standards in key areas such as stadium safety, fan experience and youth football development.

By Sports Reporter 

In August 2015, the six confederations met for a two-day seminar at the Home of FIFA in Zurich to plan the full global implementation of the licensing system – the first time all confederations have met to work on the programme together.

The FIFA Club Licensing principles form the basis for the confederations’ own club licensing principles, taking into account the regional specificity of club football.

Under the new framework, clubs are mandated 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 newly elected board will be responsible for the implementation of Club Licensing principles.

The board is chaired by Piraishe Mabhena who will be deputised by Willard Manyengavana and assisted by a four member committee team (Samkeliso Silengane, Nobioth Magwizi, Dennis Tshuma and Gilbert Saika)

Xolisani Gwesela is the Club Licensing manager and an ex-officio member of the body.

The committee met on Saturday 11 February 2017 and successfully conducted a productive workshop and came up with a framework for the licensing of Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs in the 2017 season.

Accordingly, PSL Clubs will be formally invited to apply to be licensed for the 2017 season.

The ZIFA Club Licensing system has the following objectives:

  • Promoting and improving the quality and level of all football aspects in Zimbabwe;
  • Ensuring that all clubs have the appropriate infrastructure, and knowledge in respect of management and organisation;
  • Adapting and improving the clubs’ sporting infrastructure;
  • Improving the economic and financial capacity of clubs through proper corporate governance and control;
  • Ensuring and guaranteeing the continuity of international competitions for clubs during the season;
  • Allowing parallel development and comparison among clubs by ensuring necessary compliance in terms of financial, sporting, legal, and administrative and infrastructure criteria.

The Club Licensing System is based on a five key criteria which are sporting, personnel and administrative, financial, infrastructure and legal. The Licences will be granted in tandem with the five key conditions.


Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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