In the period from July 15, 2022 to September 15, 2022, clubs registered for the MTN Elite One and MTN Elite Two leagues and wanting to take part in the 2022/2023 season must submit the documents required for licensing submit to FECAFOOT.
FECAFOOT expressly points out that the specified deadline for the licensing process must be observed.
The FECAFOOT requirements for licensing a club include 23 points that the club must meet.
In my opinion, the most important FECAFOOT requirements for the licensing of a club are listed here:
- The applicant association must have statutes, rules of procedure and a code of ethics.
- The club must operate a U15 and a U17 team. There must also be a beach soccer and a futsal team
- Minutes of the last General Assembly that took place at the end of the 2021/2022 season and in which a representative of FECAFOOT attended must be submitted.
- The association’s liquidity must be documented with bank statements and account statements.
- FECAFOOT demands that the club present the necessary budget estimated by the board for maintaining game operations in the 2022/2023 season in figures.
- The annual accounts for the past season, certified by an auditor, must be submitted.
- FECAFOOT requires that the association has an active telephone connection and an e-mail address.
- The map of the club’s headquarters and the map of the training ground must be submitted.
- The club must have valid contracts with a head coach and an assistant coach, both of whom have the necessary diplomas.
- An administrative secretary or general manager and a physiotherapist must be contractually bound to the association.
- The conclusion of a sports liability insurance for players and coaches must be presented.
If clubs do not meet the conditions required by FECAFOOT in whole or in part, they risk being denied a playing license for the league applied for in the procedure.
My opinion: Clubs are required to take out liability insurance for players and coaches, but according to the wording, this insurance only protects players and coaches if they are prosecuted under civil law (gross foul, damage to property).
Overall, with these demands, FECAFOOT is well on the way to developing football in Cameroon to become more professional.
But I still miss demands that protect the player economically in the event of an accident on the way to/from training and in the event of a sports accident.
For many young people, being a “Football player” is the only way to make a living. In the event of a sports accident and a sports disability that may result from it, the players are unprotected due to a lack of accident and disability insurance and a lack of occupational disability insurance and in such a case they fall into economic abyss.
This should be prevented in the future by the mandatory conclusion of such insurance.
However, I do not know whether such insurance can be taken out in Cameroon at all.