Soccer Licenses: How Do They Work?
November 16, 2011 10:09 AM Subscribe
How do soccer teams in Europe get licensed?
posted by Copronymus to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total)
As an American who intermittently follows soccer, one of the more confusing aspects that very occasionally comes up is that the various European leagues seem to require certain licenses for clubs to join. I can understand how the coaching licensure process works, even if it seems a little weird coming from a world where Mike Singletary was allowed to run an NFL team for two years.
The process by which clubs get licenses isn't immediately obvious, though. What are the leagues looking at? Facilities? Support from the fans? Competent ownership? Popularity? Or, as seems entirely possible, is the whole thing just a venue for bribery and kick-backs? UEFA licenses seem to be harder to get. Are they looking at the same basic things with higher standards or do they have their own rubric? Finally, is this something that applies in every country (except probably the US), or just the smaller European leagues whose Wikipedia articles I was reading through earlier today?