Football Australia unveils first ever Domestic Club Licensing Regulations


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source: https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news/football-australia-unveils-first-ever-domestic-club-licensing-regulations-australian
Licence Regulations PDF (regulations start on p27): https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/sites/ffa/files/2022-05/22-0504%20-%20FA%20Club%20Licensing%20Regulations%20-%202022.pdf

Football Australia unveils first ever Domestic Club Licensing Regulations For Australian Professional Leagues

Football Australia’s commitment towards strengthening the professional landscape of Australian football has taken another step forward with the implementation of the Football Australia Club Licensing system for A-League Men and A-League Women clubs.

Present in all six Confederations around the world, Club Licensing is a regulatory and development tool that sets and increases standards for football clubs, and in turn, improves and professionalises the game at multiple levels of the football pyramid.

The Football Australia Club Licensing Regulations include principle-based criteria in five (5) areas – sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal, and financial competitions at the domestic and/or regional level. To date, Football Australia has only licensed clubs to participate in Asian Football in Confederation (AFC) Club Competitions.

Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, who oversaw the global Club Licensing program while at FIFA, said this initiative is about raising the standards of professionalism at football clubs and safeguarding competitions.

“Football Australia wants to cultivate and support a thriving football ecosystem, and one of the most effective ways to raise overall standards and performance pathways is through Club Licensing,” said Johnson.

“The A-League Men and A-League Women competitions are the pinnacles of domestic football in Australia, and the implementation of Club Licensing will drive new standards in professionalism for all clubs both on and off the pitch.

“Additionally, Club Licensing will now become a key strategic initiative for football clubs as they consider their day-to-day operations and plans for growth. We have seen this system rolled out across the world with great success, and we anticipate that it will operate as an effective development tool for Australian clubs.

“This is the first phase in an exciting development for the game and we will soon begin to roll out our Club Licensing system to other tiers of club football,” concluded Johnson.

The implementation of Football Australia Club Licensing in 2022 is a first for Australian domestic football, where A-League Men clubs will complete full implementation of the Regulations, and A-League Women clubs will complete a pilot implementation for both the A-League Women and the AFC Women’s Champions League criteria.

The pilot implementation provides an opportunity for A-League Women clubs to go through the Club Licensing process and for Football Australia to review submissions, making any adjustments to the A-League Women criteria prior to full implementation, as well as prepare clubs for the full implementation of the AFC Women’s Champions League criteria ahead of the inaugural edition of the regional club competition muted for 2024.

Football Australia Club Licensing Manager Natalie Lutz explained that Football Australia is in a unique position, as the sport’s governing body will be implementing Club Licensing for both men and women at the same time, whereas many Member Associations the world over have had men’s Club Licensing in place and are only recently incorporating women’s Club Licensing at the domestic level.

“Improving standards for both men and women involved in Australia’s professional leagues is a sharp focus for Football Australia. The development and implementation of Club Licensing for both A-League Men and A-League Women clubs in the same year demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to elevating men’s and women’s club football,” said Lutz.

“As Licensor of the system, Football Australia is responsible for creating regulations, determining the scope of application of the system, developing criteria, establishing the decision-making bodies and procedures, and providing ongoing communication and assistance to clubs.

“It is Football Australia’s intention to continually increase the criteria and standards of these five areas over time, in turn creating more sustainable clubs and competitions which will support a more prosperous football landscape,” concluded Lutz.

A-League Men and A-League Women clubs are now in receipt of the Football Australia Club Licensing Regulations, as well as the manual and templates, with submissions taking place until early August 2022 ahead of licensing decisions made in mid-August 2022 for A-League Men clubs.

Parallel to A-League Men and A-League Women implementation, Football Australia is in the process of expanding the Club Licensing framework to include the National Second Tier and National Premier League, with specific criteria to be developed for each competition.


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someguyjc - 13 May 2022 10:08 AM
source: https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news/football-australia-unveils-first-ever-domestic-club-licensing-regulations-australian
Licence Regulations PDF (regulations start on p27): https://www.footballaustralia.com.au/sites/ffa/files/2022-05/22-0504%20-%20FA%20Club%20Licensing%20Regulations%20-%202022.pdf

Football Australia unveils first ever Domestic Club Licensing Regulations For Australian Professional Leagues

Football Australia’s commitment towards strengthening the professional landscape of Australian football has taken another step forward with the implementation of the Football Australia Club Licensing system for A-League Men and A-League Women clubs.

Present in all six Confederations around the world, Club Licensing is a regulatory and development tool that sets and increases standards for football clubs, and in turn, improves and professionalises the game at multiple levels of the football pyramid.

The Football Australia Club Licensing Regulations include principle-based criteria in five (5) areas – sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal, and financial competitions at the domestic and/or regional level. To date, Football Australia has only licensed clubs to participate in Asian Football in Confederation (AFC) Club Competitions.

Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, who oversaw the global Club Licensing program while at FIFA, said this initiative is about raising the standards of professionalism at football clubs and safeguarding competitions.

“Football Australia wants to cultivate and support a thriving football ecosystem, and one of the most effective ways to raise overall standards and performance pathways is through Club Licensing,” said Johnson.

“The A-League Men and A-League Women competitions are the pinnacles of domestic football in Australia, and the implementation of Club Licensing will drive new standards in professionalism for all clubs both on and off the pitch.

“Additionally, Club Licensing will now become a key strategic initiative for football clubs as they consider their day-to-day operations and plans for growth. We have seen this system rolled out across the world with great success, and we anticipate that it will operate as an effective development tool for Australian clubs.

“This is the first phase in an exciting development for the game and we will soon begin to roll out our Club Licensing system to other tiers of club football,” concluded Johnson.

The implementation of Football Australia Club Licensing in 2022 is a first for Australian domestic football, where A-League Men clubs will complete full implementation of the Regulations, and A-League Women clubs will complete a pilot implementation for both the A-League Women and the AFC Women’s Champions League criteria.

The pilot implementation provides an opportunity for A-League Women clubs to go through the Club Licensing process and for Football Australia to review submissions, making any adjustments to the A-League Women criteria prior to full implementation, as well as prepare clubs for the full implementation of the AFC Women’s Champions League criteria ahead of the inaugural edition of the regional club competition muted for 2024.

Football Australia Club Licensing Manager Natalie Lutz explained that Football Australia is in a unique position, as the sport’s governing body will be implementing Club Licensing for both men and women at the same time, whereas many Member Associations the world over have had men’s Club Licensing in place and are only recently incorporating women’s Club Licensing at the domestic level.

“Improving standards for both men and women involved in Australia’s professional leagues is a sharp focus for Football Australia. The development and implementation of Club Licensing for both A-League Men and A-League Women clubs in the same year demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to elevating men’s and women’s club football,” said Lutz.

“As Licensor of the system, Football Australia is responsible for creating regulations, determining the scope of application of the system, developing criteria, establishing the decision-making bodies and procedures, and providing ongoing communication and assistance to clubs.

“It is Football Australia’s intention to continually increase the criteria and standards of these five areas over time, in turn creating more sustainable clubs and competitions which will support a more prosperous football landscape,” concluded Lutz.

A-League Men and A-League Women clubs are now in receipt of the Football Australia Club Licensing Regulations, as well as the manual and templates, with submissions taking place until early August 2022 ahead of licensing decisions made in mid-August 2022 for A-League Men clubs.

Parallel to A-League Men and A-League Women implementation, Football Australia is in the process of expanding the Club Licensing framework to include the National Second Tier and National Premier League, with specific criteria to be developed for each competition.


Very very interesting mate, thanks for posting.
I wonder if new licensing requirements may mean inclusion/expulsion of certain clubs from the leagues? Could be the first shot fired across the bows by FA to APL in response to the ridiculous notion Townsend had yesterday of employing 35 players to be shared across the Aleagues by the APL?

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 “This is the first phase in an exciting development for the game and we will soon begin to roll out our Club Licensing system to other tiers of club football,” concluded Johnson.

Can we dare to dream?
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Monoethnic Social Club - 13 May 2022 10:51 AM

Very very interesting mate, thanks for posting.
I wonder if new licensing requirements may mean inclusion/expulsion of certain clubs from the leagues? Could be the first shot fired across the bows by FA to APL in response to the ridiculous notion Townsend had yesterday of employing 35 players to be shared across the Aleagues by the APL?

Also of note,
 “This is the first phase in an exciting development for the game and we will soon begin to roll out our Club Licensing system to other tiers of club football,” concluded Johnson.

Can we dare to dream?

My first thought was, "isn't this something that has already been in place?" Obviously not. Better late than never I guess.
Seems like a positive step.
I can definitely see the more ambitious NPL clubs looking at that PDF now and seeing which boxes they check and then setting goals and timelines to implement the ones that they don't. So if/when the opportunity comes to join the top tier (or pro div 2 tier) they are well prepared.
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someguyjc - 13 May 2022 11:28 AM
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My first thought was, "isn't this something that has already been in place?" Obviously not. Better late than never I guess.
Seems like a positive step.
I can definitely see the more ambitious NPL clubs looking at that PDF now and seeing which boxes they check and then setting goals and timelines to implement the ones that they don't. So if/when the opportunity comes to join the top tier (or pro div 2 tier) they are well prepared.

The clubs had participation agreements with the FFA previously that covered some of the issues but moving to follow the FIFA initiated system is good.

FIFA expected to increase the licensing conditions over time too but I think they have been concentrating on getting all their members to implement licensing before starting to ramp up the requirements.
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Even thought its not something that will grab the attention of the average football fan its overall a good step forward which will help raise the standards here.

Hopefully we see something similar in the NPL level too which will help the NSD standards that are needed to reached.
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A   licensing   system  huh ?   Sounds   like  a   good  way   to   charge   some   more   fees ...
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A   licensing   system  huh ?   Sounds   like  a   good  way   to   charge   some   more   fees ...

The FIFA regulations allow for a fee but that fee must be specified in FA's Licensing Regulations.

  1. "3.2.5.1 o)  cost of procedure, administrative fee and deposit."


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Gyfox - 13 May 2022 8:36 PM
Remote Control - 13 May 2022 8:20 PM

The FIFA regulations allow for a fee


Of   course   it  does ...
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Absolutely stunned.  Maybe there is actually a reformation under way.

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SWandP - 14 May 2022 12:05 AM
Absolutely stunned.  Maybe there is actually a reformation under way.

Johnson is committed to reforming football in this country and I’d say he has had enough of the ‘foot dragging’ by the APL.

He has given them time to get the A League running the way the club owners wanted after the ‘congress wars’ but all we seem to have is ‘Lowy Mark 2’.
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The APL certainly appear to have lost their way already, so I think these kind of initiatives by FA are required. 

The days of a stand-alone top tier are numbered in my view, as the need to fully embrace the whole pyramid, not just a few clubs at the top, really has to change. 

What that structure looks like is the big question, but having a clearly defined set of requirements is key to giving all clubs the chance to build towards the next step when it comes. 

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