The FAW Club Licensing applicants for the 2024/25 season of Tier 1 and 2 in Women’s football and Tier 2 and 3 in Men’s football have now been confirmed.
A Licence is granted on an annual basis and automatically expires at the end of the season for which it has been awarded. Therefore, in order for clubs to maintain their status at their level of the Pyramid, they must annually apply for and meet the licensing criteria.
It’s important that clubs at all levels are assessed annually in order to ensure that the high standards clubs have already met remain in place and that all ground share agreements remain valid.
Club Licensing is used as a tool for continuous improvement so any changes to the criteria are carefully considered and are made with the intention of increasing standards.
Six Panels, made up of independent experts, meet to assess each club’s application.
The six Panels cover the Women’s Tier 1 (First Instance Body & Appeals Body), Tier 2 Men’s & Women’s (First Instance & Appeals Body) and Men’s Tier 3 (First Instance & Appeals Body). The Panels meet during March, April and May.
Panel members cover a range of skills & expertise and include; senior lawyers & other legal experts, chartered accountants, UEFA stadium inspectors & consultants and former international footballers.
The First Instance Bodies and the Appeals Bodies must be independent of each other.
The First Instance Bodies decide on whether a Licence should be granted to an applicant club on the basis of the documents provided by the submission deadline or, whether the Licence should be withdrawn.
The Appeals Bodies decide on appeals submitted in writing and make a final decision on whether the Licence should be granted or withdrawn.