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Thursday 25 Apr 2019
Club Licensing Decisions Announcement

CLUB LICENSING DECISIONS ANNOUNCED

25 April 2019

As part of the Irish FA’s continuing implementation of Club Licensing policies, the Licensing Committee met on Wednesday 24 April 2019 to consider applications for the award of UEFA, Premiership, Promotion and Championship Licenses for season 2019/20.

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:

UEFA CLUB LICENCES GRANTED:

Ballymena United FC

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC (Solitude, Belfast)

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Linfield FC 

UEFA CLUB LICENCES REFUSED:

Warrenpoint Town FC

PREMIERSHIP CLUB LICENCES GRANTED:

Ards FC (Bangor Fuels Arena, Bangor)

Ballymena United FC

Cliftonville FC

Coleraine FC

Crusaders FC

Dungannon Swifts FC

Glenavon FC

Glentoran FC

Institute FC (Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, Derry)

Linfield FC

Newry AFC

Warrenpoint Town FC

PROMOTION CLUB LICENCES GRANTED:

Ballinamallard United FC

Ballyclare Comrades FC

Carrick Rangers FC

H&W Welders FC (Dixon Park, Ballyclare)

Larne FC

Portadown FC

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB LICENCES GRANTED:

Annagh United FC

Ballinamallard United FC

Ballyclare Comrades FC

Banbridge Town FC

Carrick Rangers FC

Dergview FC

Dundela FC

H&W Welders FC

Knockbreda FC

Larne FC

Limavady United FC

Lisburn Distillery FC

Loughgall FC

Portadown FC

PSNI FC

QUB FC

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB LICENCES REFUSED:

Armagh City FC*

Portstewart 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 9 May 2019.

Club Licences are valid for one season only, namely 2019/20.

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 always, I want to pay tribute to the efforts of the many people working hard behind the scenes at our clubs to ensure successful licensing applications are produced. With Club Licensing now an established part of the football landscape in Northern Ireland, the ongoing nature of the process means that high standards must be consistently maintained.

Even now, the licensing process for this cycle has still not concluded as we continue to work with Ballinamallard United FC to submit its ‘extraordinary’ UEFA Licence application (for non-top flight clubs) to the UEFA Licensing Administration in the days ahead. Whilst the Ballinamallard United FC players will look to create history in the Irish Cup Final, the Ferney Park administrators could also create their own little bit of history if they become the first club to secure a licensing hat-trick with Championship, Promotion and UEFA licences all in one season. The Committee wishes the club well in that process.”