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Club Licensing Introduction to St. Kitts-Nevis

The St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) in partnership with FIFA and CONCACAF have introduced a CLUB Licensing System for the 2016-2017 season. The new Club Licensing system will be an annual process where all clubs that wish to participate in any of the SKNFA leagues would have to apply for a license after receiving an invitation from the SKNFA to apply for such license. Only the clubs which fulfil the criteria established in the Club Licensing Regulations by the specified deadline will receive a license.
Stronger Clubs means stronger foundation for football. The goals of Club Licensing are:

1. Understand and safeguard club football
2. Raise the level of professionalism in club football administration
3. Identify and share practices of our clubs and leagues
4. Formalize requirements for participation in domestic and regional club competitions

The FIFA/CONCACAF Club Licensing system requires Clubs to commit certain standards and principles in (5) key areas:

1. Sporting Criteria
2. Infrastructure Criteria
3. Personnel and Administrative Criteria
4. Legal Criteria
5. Financial Criteria

The SKNFA is pleased to announce that eight (8) of the ten (10) clubs in the Premier Division while the fourteen (14) Division I clubs were granted full club license. The other two (2) Premier Clubs received a provisional license.

The full licensed clubs for the 2016-2017 Season are:

1. FLOW 4G Cayon Rockets FC
2. SOL Island Auto Conaree FC
3. S.L. Horsford St. Pauls United FC
4. H.E. Garden Hotspurs FC
5. Rams Village Superstars FC
6. ELCO Ltd St. Peters FC
7. SPAFA Delta Petroleum Sandy Point FC
8. Fast Cash SPD United FC
9. Davis Construction Lodge Patriots FC
10. Bath United FC
11. Security Forces United FC
12. St. Thomas – Trinity FC
13. Conaree Fireball International FC
14. Hard Times FC
15. Newton Ground FC
16. Youth and Experience FC
17. Tabernacle FC
18. KFC Trinity Challengers FC
19. Molineux FC
20. Rivers of Living Water FC
21. Trafalgar South stars FC
22. IDS Dieppe Bay Eagles FC

The two (2) Premier Clubs that were granted Provisional License with conditions that must be met by a specified date in order to be granted full Club License for 2016-2017 are:

1) Winners Circle Newtown United FC
2) United Old Road Jets FC

The SKNFA takes this opportunity to congratulate all the clubs that were able to comply with the requirements of the club licensing regulations and become licensed.

In addition, the SKNFA wish to thank all the clubs for their hard work in ensuring that St. Kitts and Nevis were able to fully implement the Club Licensing System in its territory in accordance with the deadline stipulated by FIFA and CONCACAF.

We now look forward to working closely with the clubs to ensure that the Club Licensing System is use as a mechanism for improving the structures of club football.

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