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Wednesday 25 Apr 2018
Club Licensing Decisions Announced

As part of the Irish FA’s continuing implementation of Club Licensing policies, the Licensing Committee met on Tuesday 24 April 2018 to consider applications for the award of UEFA, Premiership, Promotion and Championship Licenses for season 2018/19.

In line with the current UEFA, Premiership, Promotion and Championship Licensing Manuals, applicant clubs were assessed in five key areas, namely: Sporting, Infrastructure/Safety, Personnel & Administration, Legal and Financial.

Based on these entirely objective criteria licences were granted/ refused to the following clubs:


Ballinamallard United FC (Mourneview Park, Lurgan)

Ballymena United FC (Seaview, Belfast)

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC (Seaview, Belfast)

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Linfield FC 


Ards FC (Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor)

Ballinamallard United FC

Ballymena United FC

Carrick Rangers FC

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Linfield FC

Warrenpoint Town FC


Ballyclare Comrades FC

Institute FC (The Oval, Belfast)**

Larne FC (Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena, Carrickfergus)

Newry City AFC

Portadown FC

**Institute FC has provided a ground-share agreement for use of The Oval, Belfast for the duration of the 2018-19 season. However, the club continues to actively explore options to secure a ‘home’ venue (meeting the current Premiership ground criteria) in the North West of the province and continues to liaise with both the Irish Football Association and Northern Ireland Football League in this regard.


Ballyclare Comrades FC

Banbridge Town FC

Dergview FC

Dundela FC

H&W Welders FC

Institute FC

Knockbreda FC

Larne FC

Limavady United FC

Lisburn Distillery FC

Loughgall FC

Newry City AFC

Portadown FC




Armagh City FC*

Lurgan Celtic FC

Sport & Leisure Swifts FC*

*No documentation submitted beyond initial application form.

Communication of these decisions has already been made to the clubs concerned.

Clubs who have been refused a licence have the right of appeal, in line with 3.2.7. of the Club Licensing manual(s) with any such appeals tentatively scheduled for 8 May 2018.

Club Licences are valid for one season only, namely 2018/19.

The Committee wishes to congratulate those clubs who have been granted a Club Licence and acknowledge the efforts of many key personnel at each club for the time and contributions they have made towards the successful application.

Licensing Committee Chairman, Allen McKinstry commented: "As we reach the conclusion of another football season with title deciders and promotion/ relegation battles still ongoing across the top three divisions in Northern Ireland, it is easy to overlook the fact that the 2018 licensing decisions mark the tenth year since the introduction of the original Domestic Licence in Northern Ireland.

"Of course, achievements such as strengthened financial discipline, a more rational use of club finances, improved management and administrative structures and the continued growth of youth development programmes do not capture the headlines quite like a last game title decider.

"However, it is important to recognise that on pitch success starts with the efforts of the many people working hard behind the scenes at our clubs and, as always, it is only right to recognise the work that they put into the licence applications that come before the Committee.”