At UEFA’s Congress in London on 24th May 2013, the majority of the 53 existing member countries voted in favour of Gibraltar being granted full UEFA membership.
UEFA membership will allow the Gibraltar FA to compete in both club and international UEFA competitions. It will also provide access to funding and technical expertise, which will enable the Gibraltar FA to grow and develop Gibraltarian football even further. These are indeed exciting times for Gibraltar.
Since being granted full UEFA membership, 2014 League and Cup Winners Lincoln Red Imps Football Club competed in the initial qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and 2014 Cup Runners Up College Europa FC competed in the initial qualifying rounds of the Europa League. Whilst at international level, the Gibraltar National Team played its first European Qualifier against Poland on 7 September 2014. These are matches that will live long in the memory of football aficionados on the Rock.
Competing in UEFA club competitions does not simply require clubs winning their respective national league or cup competitions. Part of the admissions criteria requires clubs that are successful on the pitch to apply for and obtain a Club license form its national football association. The criteria of the licensing process are set by UEFA and its aim is to set a standard whereby participating clubs have the minimum sporting, infrastructure, personnel and administrative, legal and financial criteria required.
PwC has extensive experience in assisting clubs obtain their club license. We have access to industry experts both locally and in the PwC global network allowing us to provide a quality service to clients.
At present Gibraltar National team games are currently being played in Faro (Portugal). This is because the local Victoria Stadium pitch is not at the standard required to accommodate matches at a specific level. There is currently talk of a new category four level stadia being built on the Rock or the redevelopment of the current Victoria Stadium into a category three level stadia. This will give football fans the opportunity to see their national team play live on the Rock.
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