PSL to enforce club licensing

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is hoping that all the 16 team will conform to the Club Licensing system when the 2014 season kicks off.

This was one of the resolution passed at the PSL Board of Governors meeting held in the capital at the weekend which all the club bosses attended.

“The 2014 PSL Season is scheduled to start no later than 02 March 2014. The planning will take into account the Fifa, Caf and Cosafa Calendars, and at least three knock-out competitions,” the league said in a statement.

The Club Licensing System prescribes that all teams must, “enter into written conditions of use/hire agreements with the owners of the respective stadia/home grounds.  Each Club must furnish the League with the agreements before January 31, 2014.”

Among the terms of agreement with the stadia owners, club must also ensure that: Ground levy of a maximum of 20% of gross gate takings.

·         Stadium availability.

·         The League sponsors must be allowed to place a minimum of 12 touchline signs (measuring 1 x 6m), free of charge.

·         Each stadium must have clearly defined ground rules that must be posted for spectators to read.

·         A minimum sitting capacity of 5 000 fans.

·         First aid rooms and stadium doping control rooms.

·         A public address system.

·         Television Broadcasting village and stands.

·         Stadium media and press facilities.

·         Stadium sign posting and directions.

·         Stadium – spectators with disabilities.

·         Secure cash room.

Under the proposed system clubs must also produce their audited financial reports to the league by February 28 next year before the season kicks off.

The clubs are also required to clear all their outstanding transfer fees of players acquired before the season commences.

All outstanding payments to club employees and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) must also be settled before the start of the season.

Another area the league is looking to be strict with is club ownership and structure which is something that has proven to be very vague in the domestic game.

“Clubs must submit a valid copy of the Club Constitution or extract from Public Register containing information on the club,” said the PSL statement.

At the start of next year the local teams are now required to have administrative offices from which all club business is conducted from.

The clubs are now also required to employ at least a General Manager or a CEO, finance, media liaison and security officers.

Clubs are also now required to employ a doctor, a physiotherapist and a head coach, who has a minimum qualification of a Caf C License certificate.

On the development front, clubs are now required to employ a coach to head their youth development programmes.

“All Clubs must submit a written youth development covering; organisation, personnel, finance, football education, school education and medical,” said the league.

“Each Club must have at least one youth team within the age range of 15-19 and at least one youth team within the range of 10-14 years of age. All teams to promote fairplay on and off the pitch.”

The PSL has warned that all clubs that fail to adhere to the resolutions will not be eligible to grants from the league.

While it is a noble idea to enforce these resolutions some of the clubs are likely to find it difficult to meet the criteria considering the tough economic climate they are operating in.

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