GFA Starts Club Licensing Training Towards Professionalism

Ghana Football Association (GFA) has started training clubs in the new system of Club Licensing  in Prampram last Tuesday.

Fred Crentsi, GFA vice-president opened the seminar which  seeks to school club officials on how the Club Licensing system will operate with the view of injecting professionalism into our local leagues.

The GFA has taken the lead by promoting and educating officials about the system as Club sides make the transition of meeting the requirements of the new working document.

The seminar for Premier and Division One sides at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence aimed at introducing the system which will ensure good governance, financial stability and transparency in club football management in the country.

Mr. Crentsil, who was present at the seminar organised by the GFA expressed delight with clubs’ participation and readiness to put measures in place to meet the requirements.

“We were initially skeptical if we could meet the requirements CAF gave us but from what we’ve seen ], I can say we are all ready to embrace it”, Crentsil said.

Premier League Board officials who earlier this year attended a CAF Licensing seminar in South Africa, took turns to train the Club administrators on the five thematic areas for club licensing.

The seminar forms part of the GFA’s desire to steadily introduce the Club Licensing Regulations in its operations in the Ghana Premier League and all its organized competitions.

The Club Licensing Regulations are the basic working documents for member associations that incorporate the minimum requirements and guidelines for every criteria for compliance as a basis for the issuance of a license to any club.

According to the document, every club must fulfill requirements for a license and these are divided into five categories (sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial), with each category being split into three grades A-C (mandatory and best-practice recommendation).

The regulations are based on those developed by CAF from the blueprint crafted by FIFA after its Congress in Munich, Germany in 2006

By Times Sports Reporter

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