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FIFA/OFC Club Licensing for Tonga

Despite the cyclone Winston who recently visited the Friendly Islands, Mr. Robbie Middleby, FIFA Consultant and Mr. Chris Kemp, Manager for OFC Club Licensing arrived
to conduct the first FIFA/OFC Club Licensing for Tonga in the home of football, Loto-Tonga.
The FIFA Club Licensing system is only one of many development programmes that are run by the governing body.
The FIFA Club Licensing principles form the basis for the confederations’ own club licensing principles, taking into account the regional specificity of club football.
Clubs then need to meet these principles to be eligible for certain competitions, adhering to international statutes, investing in training facilities and agreeing to the independent
auditing of finances and greater transparency of ownership.
The FIFA Club Licensing system requires club to commit to minimums standards and principles in five key areas.
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“We had a very successful day today, it was great to see so much partnership between the clubs and the Tonga FA and her executive committee members.
That is really encouraging by the way and praise club licensing and I can see how club licensing will help develop the clubs, the players, the coaches and the referees
and for football in Tonga,’’ said Kemp.
Mr. Kilifi Uele, Tonga Football technical director says, ‘’I am very pleased that club licensing is here for Tonga to take what are best and suit us as well as I believed
this will assist us in developing football such as Club development and I understood it is in-line with the Tonga Football’s vision.”
‘’ The sporting criteria under the five pillars make it clear that clubs must have a qualified coaches, and it is under our coach development and player development curriculum,’’ Uele added.
Suliasi Vivili is currently the President of Kolomotuá Football club also said, ‘’It is a milestone for Tonga because club licensing will assist clubs to be more organised and grow stronger
as a club and could be raised the standard of football similar to football clubs overseas.’’
The 2 days workshop was opened this morning by Lady Robyn Tu’ivakano, Madam Chair of Women’s Football.

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